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Adjudicator comments from The Little Mermaid Jr. below. Congratulations!
- I had a lovely time seeing this show, and seeing the many families in your community who showed up on a Thursday night to support you and your large group of enthusiastic students. The ensemble brought life to the well‐known story and music, and showcased some real talent.
- Such a wonderful welcoming staff you have! It was so nice to see so much parent support and WELL TRAINED student ushers. You obviously have developed a well oiled community organization where everyone pitches in and helps to make the experience fun for all. Bravo!
- Your stage has pretty limited wing space, so getting everyone on and offstage every time was an achievement in itself! I appreciated your alert and engaged stage crew, who sometimes bumped into each other but always kept their cool and got their changes done.
- Microphones, so often the bane of middle school shows, were well‐handled here. I could hear leads clearly on almost every line and I never felt like I couldn't hear the singers. Anyone with lines who was not mic'ed though needed to project their voices further. Try standing them next to someone with a microphone next time. It's bound to pick up some of the sound and enhance it.
- Lots of good work on the costumes for this show. The costumes and hair/makeup design were a burst of visual fun for the audience‐ there were lots of small details to enjoy, and the colors were strong and bold. It's obvious that a lot of time and money went into making the show have the correct look to it.
- This group of actors did a strong job at creating their own characters without simply mimicking the ones from the original.
- Nice job getting such a large ensemble onstage and moving around‐ I enjoyed the use of the space in front of the stage. In terms of the choreography itself, the simplicity allowed for moves that all students could accomplish
- The chorus worked well in this piece. Entrances and exits were pretty well timed...make sure that you have enough time to get to your space before you start to sing. You did a wonderful job musically filling the hall. Bravo.
- There were moments in this production of genuine winning charm‐ you clearly have a gift for helping students understand the emotions of a character. I saw urgency, hope, affection, and a whole range of other Big Feelings articulated onstage, by students who trusted each other onstage. It was great to see. The bright parts of the story were the most successful pieces of the performance, carried along by the brisk pace and some standout individual performances. When the production needed some darker tones, students started to seem a little less sure‐ very understandable for actors their age, but something that can be worked on. I would suggest spending some time with your leads looking at the goals and purposes for their character of each individual line‐ a great way to supplement the emotionality is by really honing in on intentionality.
- This large cast was in tune, on rhythm, and singing with energy throughout the whole show. The show taken as a whole was a really heartening night out at the theater.