Enjoy top young musical theatre talent in New West

Do you have a young musical theatre lover in the house?

Tickets are already on sale for The Little Mermaid Jr., a production by the Children’s Theatre of Richmond Association that’s coming to Massey Theatre in November.

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The theatre group will also be staging Beauty and the Beast Jr. at the Norman Rothstein Theatre in Vancouver in December.

“Last year’s production of Aladdin was a huge success, so we expect The Little Mermaid Jr. and Beauty and the Beast Jr. to sell out quickly this year,” said Lily Yuan, the company’s founder and producer, in a press release. “We not only have a talented team of young performers and renowned directors, we have also incorporated original art with digital technology to bring audiences a stunning, lively and one-of-a-kind performance stage.”

Three Disney Channel child actors will be joining this year’s Little Mermaid cast: Zoey Siewert as Ariel, Zac Siewert as King Triton and Jaedon Siewert as Chef Louis.

They’ll be joined by Neil Hong as Prince Eric and Victoria Kazantseva as Ursula.

The production is choreographed by internationally renowned choreographer Harry Zhao, who has represented China in the World Sports Dance Open.

Canadian surrealist artist Michael Abraham is hand-painting the props and backdrops for such scenes as Ursula’s cave, mirrors for the mermaids and more. The Vancouver-based digital media company FStar Media has used 3D mapping technology to showcase the 20 animated backdrops, and local construction company Kiewit has created a ship that can accommodate up to nine actors.

“This year’s show embraces technology and mixes it with traditional art, while celebrating the culture and talents of the young generation in our community,” Yuan said.

Tickets are available through www.ticketsnw.ca . The show is not recommended for children under age two.

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