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“The Little Mermaid” Aims to Dazzle Audiences at West Orange High School


WEST ORANGE, NJ – “The Little Mermaid,” this year’s spring musical at West Orange High School, is a dazzling display of light, color, and talent that is sure to please children—and adults of all ages, according to the directors.

The cast brings to life the adventures of Ariel the mermaid, who falls in love with a human prince and nearly loses everything in her quest to be with him. The classic tale of family and the power of love is filled with laughter, sadness and pathos.

This year’s cast includes Gabby Rodriguez as Ariel, newcomer Ruben Centeno as Prince Eric, Tyreek Voltaire as Sebastian, Paul Okoh as King Triton and Sophia Torres as Ursula. Vocals and harmonies come together with a strong supporting cast.

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Eric Lagatic leads the orchestra and the production team is led by John Hellyer, Deb Coen, Melissa Sande and Deb Rees. Sets by Tony Minni and Max Grossman are intended to add to the luminosity and ethereal sense of being under the sea while land sets add a touch of whimsy.

Lauren-Grof Tisza and Kirk Roberts worked hard on lighting and sound to keep the visuals stunning and the vocals clear. Costumes by Sharon Ortiz and team and makeup by Keisha Yarrell and team help to enhance the personality of each actor.

As is the custom of the school district, West Orange senior citizens were bused to the play free of charge provided with coffee and desserts during intermission for the dress rehearsal performance on March 22.

Visit for ticket availability. Remaining shows are March 24 and 25 at 7:00 pm and March 26 at 2:00 pm. 

See photos here by Cynthia Cumming

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