LAYTON — These teens want to take you under the sea.
Tickets are still left for Layton High School Musical Theatre Company's “Disney’s The Little Mermaid," which will run through March 11 at 7 p.m. nightly in the LHS auditorium. The Broadway adaptation of the classic Disney film, the show brings the beloved story of the undersea princess who finds her feet out into the real world.
“There’s a certain magic to it,” said Sariah Pratt, who plays Ariel in the show. “There’s something about doing Disney shows that brings back memories of your childhood. Everyone’s so energetic and full of life that it brings the show to life. It brings Disney magic to the stage, and I love that.”
The stage version, which premiered on Broadway in 2008, features several relatively minor changes to the 1989 movie (Ursula is King Triton’s sister, for example). There are also several new songs not seen in the movie, including “Sweet Child,” “Her Voice” and “She’s In Love.”
According to cast members, seeing it live onstage also makes the experience different.
“Everyone knows the movie pretty well, but you get to see a different side of it,” said McKay Horton, who plays Prince Erik. “You bring a new energy and feel to the work in real life.”
An entire team of volunteers have worked to bring elements such as underwater scenes, mermaid tails and dangerous storms to the stage. The students were all quick to credit volunteers such as Linda Moon, who is in charge of the costumes, and Kendall Hansen, who is in charge of the sets.
“There’s been a lot of teamwork,” said Liam Hunsaker, who plays Sebastian in the show. “I’m really impressed with what we’ve been able to do when we put our heads together.”
Bringing freshness to such iconic characters, however, has brought their own challenges. Hunsaker said he took on the challenge by studying other portrayals of Sebastian, starting with recordings of the Broadway production, and then filtering it through his own experiences.
“I see what I like, what I don’t like, and bring my own energy to it,” he said. “Then I’ll watch the movie, see the expressions he makes and how he reacts to things. Then I think ‘How would I react if this happened to me?’ It’s a fresh blend.”
For Horton, complaints that the stage version of Erik is “annoying” is its own challenge.
“He’s supposed to be getting married, but he can’t stop thinking about Ariel,” he said. “It’s all he talks about the first half the show, and some people see that as whining. I feel it’s