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LSS heads Under the Sea for next musical venture

Langley Secondary School student Sara Oliva rehearses her role of Ursula for the school
Langley Secondary School student Sara Oliva rehearses her role of Ursula for the school's upcoming production of The Little Mermaid. The musical runs Feb. 24, 25, March 2, 3, and 4 at 7 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees on Feb. 25 and March 4.
— image credit: Miranda GATHERCOLE/Langley Times

Langley Secondary students are taking audiences on an underwater adventure next week in their musical production of The Little Mermaid.

Starring nearly 40 students, accompanied by an 18-member community orchestra, the show will run Feb. 24, 25, March 2, 3, and 4 at 7 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees on Feb. 25 and March 4.

The musical follows the story of Ariel, a young mermaid, who seeks the help of the wicked sea witch, Ursula, to become a human.

All of the costumes in the production are handmade, including Ursula’s massive octopus skirt, which was crafted out of hula-hoops.

The colourful sets were rescued from a production company in Everett, Wash. Steve Thompson, a teacher at Langley Fundamental Middle Secondary School, found the backdrops last year while he was picking up his own set for Shrek.

The American company was planning on having a bonfire with The Little Mermaid sets that night, and instead gave them to Thompson for free.

The musical director for The Little Mermaid is Patti Thorpe, the artistic director is Khaila Piorecky and the choreographer is Emma Garland.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $8 for children aged 10 and under.

All performances take place at LSS, 21405 56 Ave.

To reserve tickets, call the Box Office at 604-534-4171, ext. 743, or purchase online at https://sd35.schoolcashonline.com.

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