Dream Reality Group is taking its second journey under the sea, returning to the ocean where it all began.
Rehearsals are currently under way for March 12-14 showings of “The Little Mermaid.”
“It’s nostalgic because this is where we began five years ago,” said director Logan Taylor. “Five years have flown by. It feels like only yesterday we were doing the first one.”
Taylor points out this is the Disney version of the musical. He said they couldn’t afford the rights to the Disney musical five years ago and went with a budget rendition.
“This has all the songs everyone knows,” said Taylor.
A cast of 35 has been busy learning those songs like the classic “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” and “Poor Unfortunate Souls.” The characters include Ariel, Ursula, Sebastian, Prince Eric, Flounder and more.
“It’s good to see new people coming in to join the returning alumni,” said Taylor.
WCHS sophomore Briley Moore is one of the newcomers acting in his first play. An athlete all his life, this is his first attempt at the theater.
“I started playing baseball when I was 2 and I haven’t stopped,” said Briley, a member of the WCHS baseball team. “I started singing about a year ago and really like it. This is something entirely different for me.”
Fifth-grader Lily Conover is already a theater vet, participating in seven productions, including three with Dream Reality Group.
“My favorite role so far has been playing Gladys in ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,’” said Lily. “I got to ride around in a shopping cart when I first came in.”
“The Little Mermaid” is based on a Hans Christian Anderson love story where Ariel wants to pursue Prince Eric in the world above. She bargains with Ursula, an evil sea witch, to trade her tail for legs.
But the deal doesn’t go according to plan and Ariel needs help from her colorful friends to restore order under the sea.