Splashes and songs await as students prepare for ‘The Little Mermaid’

BY KATIE COYNE
Contributor

Students at County College of Morris are bringing the script of The Little Mermaid to life. Echoes of students singing “She’s In Love,” float through the air in Dragonetti Auditorium, beautiful and melodic.

Jon Reisch, a CCM student and the actor playing Prince Eric, said he sees Prince Eric as a character who is trying to break away from some of the norms in royal life.

“Very adventurous, he’s a very active character,” Reisch said. “He wants to be outside of the normal in terms of things that aren’t all that prince-like.”

Reisch also said there will be a heavy aspect of romance in the acting, as Prince Eric plays the main love interest to heroine Ariel.

The actress who plays Ariel, however, is focusing more on getting her characterization right than the romance to come.

“Ariel is such an amazing and complex character, it’s an honor to get to show the world my version of her,” said Emily Alworth, a musical theater major at CCM. “She’s very much a classic Disney princess, very well put together, and always putting her best foot, or fin, forward. She always sees life through such a positive view, she follows her heart above all else, follows it to the surface, follows it to Eric’s ship and follows it beyond where any mermaid could’ve dreamed of.”

Ursula, the main villain, will be played by Danielle Swiss.

The Little Mermaid was my favorite movie when I was growing up,” Swiss said. “Getting to play one of the Ursula’s is just the icing on the cake. I specifically auditioned for the role of Ursula because I thought playing the villain would be the most fun.”

Danielle participated in the drama club and musical theater up until attending and graduating from Moravian as a science major, and music minor.

The performances are April 5 through 8, in the Dragonetti Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on Saturday, April 8 at 2 p.m. General admission is $15, tickets are $10 for all students with ID and alumni, children 12 and under, and seniors 62 and over.

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