ZIEGLERVILLE – Perkiomen Valley Middle School West students will take audience members “under the sea” with their production of “The Little Mermaid Jr.”, to be performed March 17, 18 and 19 in the school auditorium.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 17; 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 18; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 19. Tickets are $8 each and can be purchased in advance by emailing director Krista Yerkes at firstname.lastname@example.org, and they will also be available at the door.
Children who attend this performance are encouraged to dress up as their favorite prince or princess and will have a chance to go up on stage at the end of the show to have their pictures taken with Ariel and the entire cast. Tiaras, wands, bubbles, candy necklaces and swords will be on sale at the performance.
Approximately 50 West students are involved in this production, which will include many of the beloved songs from the classic Disney animated feature, such as “Under the Sea,” “Les Poissons,” “Part of Your World,” and “Poor Unfortunate Souls.”
One hundred percent of net proceeds from ticket sales and donations will be donated to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (orthopedics department). This donation is made in keeping with the theme of the show, in which a mermaid named Ariel wishes for legs and feet to walk. Over the last 12 years, West’s Drama Club has donated $55,600 to local charities through the annual spring musical and has even begun a $500 scholarship program for Perkiomen Valley High School seniors.
“Since 2005, I have been directing the musicals at West and early on decided that I wanted it to be a learning experience for all involved. Most importantly, I wanted the students to recognize that theatre is not just a place for themselves to shine as stars, but also that theatre can be used to help others in the community,” said Ms. Yerkes.
Perkiomen Valley Middle School West is located at 220 Big Road in Zieglerville.