NEW BRITAIN ‚Äď After last year‚Äôs success with ‚ÄúMary Poppins,‚ÄĚ the YWCA of New Britain‚Äôs Youth Theater will offer a show again this year, this time ‚ÄúThe Little Mermaid Jr.,‚ÄĚ Friday and Saturday at Trinity-on-Main.
Friday‚Äôs performance will take place at 7 p.m. and Saturday‚Äôs at 2.
The production is being directed and by Jason Ferrandino, produced by Sandy Butler and choreographed by Christine Kuzia, the YWCA‚Äôs performing arts director. Twenty children, 10 to 16 years old, from from New Britain, Berlin, Bristol, Wolcott, Southington and Plainville, make up the cast.
The YWCA Youth Theater started last summer.
‚ÄúWe are hoping to build this into an annual event,‚ÄĚ Kuzia said. ‚ÄúWe are hoping to grow our youth theater program too at the Y and then eventually expand it into an adult theater program.‚ÄĚ
Rehearsals started May 9. Children rehearsed three days a week, then every night the week of the show.
One of the reasons Kuzia encourages the program is that it teaches children work ethic, and self-esteem. It also teaches them about being in theater, staging a show, how to sing and project.
The Little Mermaid ‚Äúis someone who does not feel she fits in where she is supposed to ‚Äėbelong,‚Äô‚ÄĚ Kuzia said. ‚ÄúAriel loves her family and friends very much but she is not happy where she is and dreams of joining ‚Äėthe world above.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
Tickets are $10 each.
To learn more about the performance, call the YWCA at 860-225-4681.
Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.