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Disney - The Little Mermaid Jr.

The stage musical presentation of The Little Mermaid Jr. presented by the Children's Theatre of Richmond Association

  

WHERE: 

Massey Theatre 

    

SHOW DATES:

Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25 2018

   


The Little Mermaid is a stage musical produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, based on the animated 1989 Disney film of the same name and the classic story of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen about a mermaid who dreams of the world above the sea and gives up her voice to find love. Its book is by Doug Wright, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman (written for the film), with additional lyrics by Glenn Slater. Its underwater setting and story about aquatic characters requires unusual technical designs and strategies to create gliding movements for the actors. After a pre-Broadway tryout in Denver, Colorado from July to September 2007, the musical began Broadway previews in November 3 2007 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, replacing Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The production officially opened on January 10, 2008 and closed on August 30, 2009 after 685 performances and 50 previews. It introduced Broadway debuts by director Francesca Zambello and Sierra Boggess in the title role. Subsequent productions have been seen in US regional theatres and internationally. A modified version of the musical with a new book and direction by Glenn Casale was developed in 2012, and this version is the basis for subsequent productions.

   

In 2018, Children’s Theatre of Richmond Association (A non-profit Musical Theatre organization for the youth in Vancouver) will require $150,000 to produce Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr”. Auditions will be held in March 2018 and look to recruit the most talented performers in the Lower Mainland. After eight months of rehearsals (April-November) the shows will be held at the ‘Massey Theatre’ in New Westminster on November 24th & 25th. The theatre holds 1260   patrons and 30% of  box office revenue will be donated the BC Children’s hospital.


The Little Mermaid Cast List

     

ROLE                                                                        CAST 1   CAST 2                                                                    
    
ARIEL INGRID YANG ZOEY SIEWERT
PRINCE ERIC DANIEL STEWART NEIL HONG
KING TRITON RICHARD CHEN    ZAC SIEWERT
URSULA VICTORIA KAZANTSEVA/CLAIRE MAN/SIENNA QUAST  
SEBASTIAN JASON ZHOU ADRIAN ZHENG
SCUTTLE GEMMA YIN   ZENA SU
FLOUNDER SOPHIA SUTHERLAND ALULA DREICER
FLOTSAM   NOAAH KARIM    NOAAH KARIM
JETSAM ORIANNA SCHWENGLER  YIRUI SONG
GRIMSBY ERIC ZHOU ZENG      ERIC ZHOU ZENG
CARLOTTA EMMA STEWART EMMA STEWART
CHEF LOUIS JAEDON SIEWART  JAEDON SIEWERT
SEAHORSE EMMA STEWART EMMA STEWART
        
MERSISTERS    
ARISTA ALYSSA YU ALYSSA YU   
ALLANA FIFI ZHAO FIFI ZHAO
ADELLA NORA CHEUNG NORA CHEUNG
ATINA MANDY WANG MANDY WANG
ANDRINA TIANA LAM TIANA LAM 
AQUATA URSULA UNDERSTUDY URSULA UNDERSTUDY
     
GULLS
GULL 1 SAMANTHA NG    SAMANTHA NG
GULL 2  LILY CHEN LILY CHEN
GULL 3  JOSH YOUNG JOSH YOUNG
GULL 4  JESSICA FENG JESSICA FENG
     
CHEFS
CHEF 1 SAMANTHA NG SAMANTHA NG
CHEF 2 LILY CHEN LILY CHEN
CHEF 3 NEIL HONG DANIEL STEWART
CHEF 4 JOSH YOUNG  JOSH YOUNG
     
PRINCESS 1 ZENA SU GEMMA YIN
PRINCESS 2  YIRUI SONG ORIANNA SCHWENGLER
PRINCESS 3 STELLA LIN  STELLA LIN
PRINCESS 4 ESTHER XU ESTHER XU
PRINCESS 5 ZOEY SIEWERT  INGRID YANG
PRINCESS 6    VICTORIA KAZANTSEVA  CLAIRE MAN
     
PILOT (SAILOR)  JOSH YOUNG  JOSH YOUNG

   


ALL GULLS/CHEFS/PRINCESSES WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE IN ENSEMBLE SONGS AS WELL AS THEIR MAIN CAST ROLE. ALL MAIN CAST WILL ALSO PLAY ENSEMBLE PARTS IF THEY ARE NOT THE TITLE ROLE (CAST 1 OR 2) FOR THAT EVENING.

  

  


The Little Mermaid Jr. 2018


  

Victoria Kazantseva

Victoria Kazantseva is 13 years old, started her performing career at age 4, doing competitive gymnastics (Provincial and Western level), Ballet, Tap, Contemporary, Jazz and Folk dance. She is "Gold and Silver Champion under 21" in Ballroom Dancing Competitions. Victoria is taking a voice lessons from world renowned opera singer / performer - Elena Razlog. She is doing movies, commercials and voice over auditions on a regular basis. Victoria was cast and filmed in International Award winning movie - "The Boat" She has been part of many Theater and musical productions.

Victoria will be "Ursula" in the Sunday show of " The Little Mermaid Jr" on Nov.25th 2018 at the Massey Theatre.


Neil Hong

An aspiring singer and pianist, Neil Hong, born in July 2005, is a student at St. George’s School. In the past, he has played several major roles such as Charlie in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, Drake in “Annie”, and Aladdin in “Aladdin”. In his spare time, Neil enjoys painting and playing sports with his friends.


Zoey Siewert

Zoey Siewert is an actress, singer and dancer based in Vancouver, BC. Her performances include singing at Roger's Arena, dancing for Goh Ballet's The Nutcracker, and she hosts an educational show on TV about science called Finding Stuff Out on TVO kids. She also voices the character Chelsea on the Universal NBC animated show Nina's World. Other credits include Netflix's Project MC2, Haters Back Off (Miranda Sings), Bravo Network's Imposters, and ABC's Once Upon A Time. She has been nominated for a Leo award for best performance in a children's program and her science show was nominated this year for a Canadian Screen Award for Best non-fiction children's series. Zoey loves to play with her puppy Keona who is a Shiba Inu.


Adrian Zheng

Adrian Jili Zheng is a boy who is currently 12 years old. He was born in Sichuan, Chengdu in China. He had immigrated to Canada at 2012 when he was 6 years old. He now currently goes to Collingwood School in West Vancouver. His current hobbies are: Singing, Acting, Swimming, Rugby, Basketball, Cello, Emceeing, Debating and Public Speaking. He said he would like to develop more hobbies and develop his skills in a different ways. His dream university is the Harvard University. He always tries his best on everything, he says “What is the point of life without trying and participate in your fullest?” He love to participate in different activities. He has been in several musicals like: MTI Shrek Musical as Shrek, MTI Peter Pan as Captain Hook, and MTI Little Mermaid as Sebastian. He said he would love to act more in the future as a secondary hobby his main goal is to be a lawyer when he grows up and he is working really hard towards his goal. He has participated in many fashion show Emceeing in the VKFS( Vancouver Kids Fashion Show ) 2 seasons. He is also going to participate in the oak ridge mall fashion show. He has also performed in the international model contest emcee “Life is like a box of chocolate you never know what you are going to get next.” “Keep on dreaming what happens if one day the dream actually comes true.”


Ingrid Yang

Ingrid started to learn with the Chinese Beijing Opera under the actor Geng Qiyun since she was 4-years-old. Studying Beijing opera has laid a solid foundation for her singing and cultivated her dignified stage style. Ingrid's performances credits include participating in various Galas and festivals in Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey and Burnaby in the past 5 years. Ingrid is a member of the "Surrey Children's Choir" Critic's have described her voice as "a voice from heaven". Last year Ingrid starred as one of the Narrators in CTORA's 'Aladdin Jr' which fully enhanced her performance skills. In the auditions for “The Little Mermaid Jr.” Ingrid impressed the judges by her comprehensive singing, dancing and acting skills. At the age of 10, Ingrid was cast for the role of " Ariel" for "the Little Mermaid Jr" and became the youngest actress in the cast.


Richard Chen

Richard Chen

Richard Chen, 13-year-old, is currently a student at St. George's Junior school. Richard has been a part of many fashion shows and musicals including: an emcee of the Vancouver Kids Fashion Week for 2 consecutive seasons including the 2017 Spring and Summer edition and the 2017 Fall and Winter edition; an emcee for the first ever Oakridge Kids Fashion show in March 2018. He has also acted in St. George's junior school plays "What a knight" in 2015 and "Superstan in 2017. Richard is delighted to be a part of the cast of "The Little Mermaid”.


Jaedon Siewert

Jaedon Siewert is an actor, percussionist and young comedian based in Vancouver, BC. He loves telling jokes, and entertaining people. His performance credits include a supporting lead role in the American network UPTV's Christmas Princess, TVO kids Odd Squad & The Giver 150 (which were both Emmy nominated this year), Universal's Aliens Ate My Homework and most recently ABC's Mermaid show Siren. Jaedon has also performed in over 23 commercials on television. He aspires to one day be a comedian on stage and really looks up to The Daily Show host Trevor Noah. He will be Chef Louis in " The Little Mermaid Jr.".


Zac Siewert

Zac Siewert is an actor, dancer, and model based in Vancouver BC. Zac's performance credits include voicing the character of Miles Morales/Black Spiderman on the Marvel series shorts, Chopped Canada Junior (dance feature), commercials including T-Mobile, Wowee Toys, Coast Capital Savings, Subaru, Zumba and live shows all over the lower mainland including both singing and dancing at Rogers Arena. Zac interns on different dance projects, TV shows and musical episodes for Choreographer Paul Becker who has worked on shows like Disney's Descendants, Riverdale, Once Upon A Time, and more. Zac also studies under the Paul Becker Masterclass dance series. He dances hip hop, breakdance, popping & locking, He also loves to juggle! Zac will be King Triton on Nov.25th Sunday night show of Disney's " The Little Mermaid Jr." at the Massey Theatre. 


Sienna Quast

Sienna studies performing arts in Duncan and Victoria on Vancouver Island. She was cast as Grace Farrell in "Annie," as well as having appeared in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." She has worked with students of VFS and UBC in film, voice-over, and music video in course-related and independent projects. Sienna has also been involved with Dancestreams Youth Company, a Qualicum Beach-based contemporary dance company, and has worked with choreographers such as Heather Myers, Bo Lam, and Julia Carr.

She studies classical ballet, among many other forms of contemporary and stage dance as well as voice in classical, folk, musical theatre, and contemporary styles.

She passed her Intermediate Foundation RAD ballet with merit and is studying for her Advanced 1 RAD Ballet exam.

Sienna is excited to continue to expand her career and hopes to attend Gulf Island School of Performing Arts to complete her upcoming last year of high school; as well as attend Camosun's 2 year music degree program, Victoria Academy of Ballet's post-secondary bridge program, and go on to double-major in theatre and dance in the future. She hopes her ambitious goals and work ethic make for a strong performing arts career in the future.

Sienna will be " Ursula" in the Saturday night show of " The Little Mermaid Jr." on Nov.24th at Massey Theatre.


Tiana Lam

Tiana Lam age 11, I currently attend James Whiteside Elementary French immersion and in grade 6, I love to dance and sing. I’m so grateful to being able to participate and be a part of this amazing show. I also want to say thanks to everyone who took the time and effort in putting this show together and giving me this great opportunity to learn and gain this awesome lifetime experience.


Alula Dreicer

Alula Dreicer was born in NYC and has lived in Vancouver for the last four years. She is a sixth grader in the Mandarin program at Jamieson Elementary. Alula plays violin in her school’s two advanced strings ensembles and loves creating comic books with her friends. She sings with the Pneuma Children’s Choir and is performing in Encore Musical Theater’s production of The Music Man in June.


Claire Man

Claire is an actress, singer and artist. She is currently a part of her school’s musical theatre class’ production of Beauty and the Beast. She is very excited to be a part of this year’s production of The Little Mermaid as Ursula in the opening show and Allana in the closing show.


Nora Cheung

Nora Cheung has been in musical theatre multiple times. She was a part of “Disney Medley” and starred in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” as Benjamin, both under the direction of Colleen Cotton. Also, she had one year of professional voice training at the “Gateway Theatre Academy” with Cassie Webster from 2015/2016.

Nora has also studied classical ballet since she was 5. Although she is a student of the great arts, she deeply enjoys many other dance forms such as contemporary, hip hop and freestyle.

Just last year (2017), Nora took the “Classical Ballet-Cecchetti Method” exam for level “Primary” and received “pass with special merit” as a result. This exam was part of the “Cecchetti Society of Canada”.

Furthermore, Nora also takes modeling classes every week. She follows under the directions of Feng Feng at the “FengFeng Performance and Education Academy”.

Nora is extremely jubilant to continue broadening her horizons and obtaining her goals through dancing, acting, singing and performing. As of today, Nora has her mind set in being a professional singer and/or performer and is gearing herself towards to performing arts. She hopes her expressive personality, charming talents as well as her incredible diligence will guide her smoothly down the course of life.


Jason Zhou

Jason Zhou played Lumiere in “Beauty and the beast”. This is his very first musical. He fell in love with acting immediately. After that, he played as main cast in “Aladdin” and also played Peter Pan in “Peter Pan”. With the great passion for acting and musical, He tries to improve himself by learning Latin dance, singing and public speaking. He also has been invited to be the host of Vancouver kids fashion week. Jason loves musical theatre. He is confident and passionate on the stages. Being a good actor is his dream.


Oriana Schwengler

I'm Oriana, and I'm 11yrs old. I was born in Australia and have recently moved to Vancouver. Moving to Canada has given me more opportunity to get involved in the arts. Last year I was involved in the School's musical production. Hobbies include acting, singing, dancing, spending time with my family and my little dog Bubbles. I look forward to seeing what experience this production will offer.


Stella Lin

I am Stella Lin, I'm 12 years old. I was born September 25, 2005. I am in grade 7, I do figure skating, tap dancing, drawing, skiing, and swimming. I have attended my schools musical play The Jungle book and I was Kaa. I look forward to attend and performing in The Little Mermaid musical theatre show.


Yirui Song

Yirui loves drama very much. She has spent her summer time in various drama camps for years. She has been selected and performed as one of main characters at her school’s Christmas play in 2017.

Yirui has been doing Ballet since she was 5 years old. She has been with Richmond Dance Academy since she was 8. During her years at Richmond Dance Academy, she has been in an intensive class and often had a small solo part in the annual group performances.

At age of 7, she started to join Aura Rhythmic Gymnastic Club. After 2 years training, she entered into Western Stream and she gained the position of No. 5 in the latest Western competition. Her favorite routine has always been the free routine that she scored at 9.95 out of 10.00 at Provincial Championships in 2017.

She had one year of Chinese Dance experience with Lorita Leung Dance Academy when she was 7 years old. That year, she was a leading role for a younger group and had a small solo part for her group dance at the annual performance. Moreover, she received the greatest award from the Academy------“Most Promising Student”.

Recently, Yirui did an audition for a host of Oakridge Mall Children Fashion Show. She has been chosen as one of four MCs.


Eric Zhou Zeng

Eric Zhou Zeng was born in Vancouver BC on August 31, 2005. He was raised in China and moved back to Vancouver when he was ten years old. Eric is extremely interested in music which he loves dancing and singing. Also he is talented at several musical instruments. He has learned to play drums since he was seven years old. He has won the gold award twice in Taiwan and Seoul, Korea. Moreover, Eric is quite good at Chinese flute too. He is currently a member of BC Youth Chinese Orchestra and has been performing with them since 2015. He is also learning flute and guitar. Eric is very outgoing that’s why he loves performing and public speaking. He has won the first prize in “Hui Le Cup” reading contest and bronze prize in Mandarin Kids Public Speaking contest in 2017. Also, Eric is currently AATV’s little reporter. In his spare time, he enjoys drawing and writing superhero short stories. Eric wants to pursue his dream in performing arts.


Esther Xu

Esther Xu, Grade 7, gentle, caring, intelligent girl loves Irish dancing, playing piano and clarinet, reading, and varies sport activities. She is Irish dance North American championship qualifier. She played marionette at Sound of Music in school when she was in Kindergarten. She has been learning speech & drama for 4 years, going to take level 6-communication Trinity exam in June. She also finished RCM level 10 piano exam. In dance competitions and music festivals, she earned varies awards.


Gemma Yin

Gemma Yin started to learn Chinese dance when she was only 3 years old and started to learn piano when she was 4. In 2016, Gemma and her family moved from Beijing to Vancouver. Last Christmas, Gemma attended Indigo Education's public speaking showcase. She was cast as the Cogsworth Clock in a scene of “Beauty and the Beast” directed by Joseph Spitale. Since then, Gemma has been loving stage and performing arts.
During the Vancouver Fashion Week in March 2018, Gemma was one of the emcees and contributed a prefect performance in the kids fashion show.
Gemma also participated in the Vancouver Speech Art and Drama Festival in May, 2018. She had competitions in lyric poem, original monologue and public speaking (original work). Two gold certificates and one bronze certificate were given to her passionate performances.
Now Gemma takes an active part in the rehearsals for the stage musical “The Little Mermaid Jr” produced by Children’s Theatre of Richmond Association. She will be cast as Scuttle and show on the stage in this November.


Sophia Sutherland

Sophia Sutherland is in grade 6 (12 years old) at York House School. Sophia plays the piano, the violin and the saxophone in the school band. She has performed in the Little Mermaid with the Hollyburn Country Club musical theatre in the past as well as several Christmas plays and in school choirs at Saint Anthony's School and York House School. Sophia loves to sing and dance and plays many sports such as Metro Soccer, Volleyball, Cross Country Running and Track & Field. Sophia is looking forward to performing her role as Flounder in the 2018 Children's Choir of Richmond's production of the Little Mermaid. 

 


Fifi Zhao

Fifi is 13 years old and currently is in Grade 7. She was introduced to rhythmic gymnastics at the age of 6, and has since been training for more than 6 years. She has participated in many competitions and won 3 provincial championships in a row. Her greatest achievement is winning 1st place in the hoop category as well as placing 3rd overall in the 2017 Western Gymnastics Championship.

Having previously taken modelling and dancing classes, Fifi has also practiced tap dance, ballet, and recently started to learn Latin dance. She has performed many times at places such as the Michael J. Fox Theatre and River Rock Casino Theatre.

In addition, Fifi is very passionate for music. She has completed the RCM Level 10 course for piano and moved on to violin. At school, she plays the saxophone and flute respectively.

By performing in The Little Mermaid Jr., Fifi hopes to showcase her dance and musical skills on stage and have a wonderful time working with all the other performers to bring this musical to life.


Alyssa Yu

Alyssa Yu, 10 years old, Pythagoras Academy great 5 student , a girl who likes to act on stage and perform in front of others. Last year at school she acted in a play called “Beauty and the Beast.” In Beauty and the Beast she acted a grandma who tried to kill the Beast.” This year at school she is going to act in a play called “Peter Pan.” And she act Chief Tiger Banboo.” When she grows up she would like to be an actor and travel around the world to help others who needs help.


Josh Young

Josh Young – a singer, a dancer, a charmer and a friend.

Josh is sure to find his way to your heart. This endearing young fellow exudes with natural charm and wittiness. He was Prince Ahmed and one of the guards in 2017’s Disney Aladdin Jr. musicale produced by the Children’s Choir of Richmond. There is no stopping this guy from dancing to the beat and singing to the rhythm.

Josh is a big brother to many. His big heart speaks volume of his kindness and sincerity. He plays piano under the mentorship of Teacher Siew Har Kam. He polishes his Hiphop dance moves by joining Praise Dance Team under the tutelage of Dancer and choreographer Amelia Lee. He absolutely loves music and immerse himself countless of hours listening to the latest pop songs and tinkering with his Alto Sax.

See how he reinvents himself in the upcoming Disney Little Mermaid’s children’s musicale. He will surely sing and dance his way to your heart.

 


Lily Chen

Lily Chen: 10 year old, Taylor Park Elementary School grade 5 student. She is learning rhythmic gymnastics and likes skating, drawing and playing the piano, handbell and recorder. She used to be in Burnaby District Children’s Choir, and now is a member of Burnaby District Youth Choir. She participated in the Aladdin Jr. Vancouver 2017, and is thrilled to be part of Little Mermaid Jr. 2018.


Mandy Wang

Mandy is 13 years old and has taken performing classes at "Canada Movie Academy" since she was 4. She was awarded the “Most Outstanding Student” for the role she played in “Romeo and Juliet”, and received the award as the “The youngest and most lively Juliet in the history”.

Mandy's stage experience is not limited to drama. In 2017 she participated in the RCM Speech & Drama Contest level 4 and won a gold medal. In the same year, she competed and won silver medals in 2017 International Youth Speech Competition. She was also the MC for the Vancouver Kid’s Fashion Week, and also starred as "Santa" in her school musical “Slapshot Santa”.

Mandy is a Grade 8 Piano player, with a Lv.8 in Musical Theory, a Lv.9, RCM in Speech. She enjoys being on stage and always strives to deliver a better performance each time. She will be playing Atina in " The Little Mermaid Jr" on both performance nights.


Zena Su

Zena is 10 years old. As an experienced performer, she has been part of many artistic performances.  Zena was a model for renowned designer Crystal Zhang’s fashion show in 2016; an emcee at FW 2017 Vancouver Kids Fashion week.  She was also casted for major roles in school musicals on a regular basis.  In her free time, Zena enjoys singing, drama, dancing and public speaking.


Samantha Ng

Samantha loves music and dance. Her love of dance extends from classical ballet to modern hiphop to contemporary dance.

She is currently taking ballet classes at the Richmond Arts Centre and she has performed in multiple ballet shows at the Gateway Theatre.

She is also part of a youth hiphop dance group.

The most recent highlight of her musical endeavors was when she performed as the Magic Carpet in the Children’s Choir of Richmond’s production of “Aladdin Jr.”.  


Noaah Karim

Noaah is a Grade 5 student at St.Georges School. He has participated in theatre for over 5 years. Noaah has been in several plays and musicals, including "Annie", "Shrek", "The Amazing adventures of Superstan", "Aladdin Jr" and "Wing It". He loves playing piano, photography, and acting. He is ecstatic to be playing Flotsam in The Little Mermaid Jr. and wishes the best of luck to his fellow actors!