Lakeview’s Little Mermaid offers audiences ‘a whole new world’ of wonderful theatre

Ariel (Darci Debassige) learns about human objects with her side-kick flounder (Aspen Debassige) from Scuttle (Harmony Panamick).

M’CHIGEENG—Lakeview School in M’Chigeeng wowed audiences on Monday with their sixth school production, The Little Mermaid Jr.

The production included a cast of 22 students and three crew members who have been rehearsing since January.

“We held auditions when the students returned from Christmas break and started rehearsals soon after,” said one of the production’s directors, Connie Freeman. “The students practice three to four times a week during recess and closer to from 3:30 until 5 pm two times a week.”

Last Friday, The Expositor sat in on the dress rehearsal, which was presented to the students at Lakeview School.

Sebastian, played by Jaron Panamick, sings the famous ‘Under the Sea’ song with help from his fish friends in the chorus including Katanya Corbiere, Lourdes Taukei, Kira Panamick, Jaiden
Ense-Rollo, Destiney Bebonang, Hannah Lovelace and Ava

From the costumes, acting, singing and sets—everything about this year’s production was superb.

On Monday the students performed for over 175 students from Island schools, followed by an evening production for parents, community members and Island residents.

The production was written by Doug Wright, based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Walt Disney film.

The Little Mermaid is the story of a young girl Ariel (Darci Debassige) who falls in love with a prince (Nolan Hare) and makes a deal with a sea witch Ursula (Alex Joshua-Matthews) to be able to trade her fins for legs so she can be with the prince.

The cast included Nolan Hare as Prince Eric, Darci Debassige as Ariel, Zaagaasge Corbiere-Toulouse as Grimsby, Shade Kaiser as King Triton, Jaron Panamick as Sebastian, Aspen Debassige as flounder, Harmony Panamick as Scuttle, Alex Joshua-Matthews as Ursula, Kaylee Corbiere as Flotsam, Katryna Bebonang as Jetsam, Savannah McCauley as Carlotta, Ian McCauley as Chef Louis, Ava Corbiere as the pilot, Ms. Farquhar as Aquata, Ava Corbiere as Andrina, Katanya Corbiere as Arista, Hannah Lovelace as Atina, Lourdes Taukei as Adella, Kira Panamick as Allana and Jaiden Ense-Rollo, Rylee Purcer and Destiney Bebonang as the princesses.

Ursula (Alex Joshua-Matthews) steals King Triton’s (Shade Kaiser) staff as Ariel (Darci Debassige) fights to save her father.

The chorus included Katanya Corbiere, Lourdes Taukei, Kira Panamick, Jaiden Ense-Rollo, Destiney Bebonang, Hannah Lovelace and Ava Corbiere.

The directors were Ms. Freeman, Kristin Farquhar, Meagan Middleton, Dianne Glasby-Debassige and Craig Cress. The crew included Jennifer Holub as the music director, choreography by Craig Cress and Kristin Farquhar, sound by Amy Mavec and Natashia Bebonang, set design and props by Adam Roy, Bud Debassige, Robin Debassige, Dianne Glasby-Debassige, John Roy with the Grade 8 class and the Lakeview School Creative Club and costume design from Dorothy Glasby, Dianne Glasby-Debassige and Bonnie Bebamash.

“The show is fantastic,” said Ms. Freeman. “I have been so impressed with how professional the kids have been. They have been working really hard and are a pleasure to work with. This is our sixth production and every year we get more ambitious and the students have really risen to the occasion.”