Perry High actors to perform ‘The Little Mermaid’

May 1, 2013 

Every parent has a few of those special memories that he or she clings to as a child reaches past the parent to travel down that road to adulthood.

One of mine took place many years ago when my sons were very small. We had taken them to Disney World, more for our benefit than for theirs, since we were well aware that they were both too young to ever remember anything about the trip. We reveled in their smiles at Mickey and Donald and their laughs as they spun around in teacups. We took their picture in front of Cinderella’s Castle and eating mouse-shaped ice cream sandwiches. But it was a theater somewhere in the MGM studios that holds my fondest Disney memory.

It was one of Disney’s famous shows, a condensed version of “The Little Mermaid,” complete with puppets, music and a real, live Ariel. The puppets amused my sons, and they held their breath at the wicked sea witch, but it was when the light shone on the Little Mermaid herself and she began to sing that their eyes got as wide as saucers.

“Mommy, look, look, it’s the real Ariel.”

With the economy like it is, a trip to the Happiest Place on Earth might be out of the question for your family this summer. But this spring, the Happiest Place in Middle Georgia is at Perry High School, where your kids can see the real Ariel and make memories for you, too.

The award-winning drama department at Perry High School has chosen for its spring production to bring “The Little Mermaid” to the stage and along with it all those wonderful memories that you will have for years in your heart.

Ariel is being played by Madeline Dannenberg, one of the most talented actresses in our area. You don’t have to just take my word for that -- she has won numerous awards for her acting and was recently chosen to spend the summer studying theater in the Governor’s Honors Program.

“The Little Mermaid” will be performed at Perry High School at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and children. Ticket reservations can be made by calling 988-6298, extension 21320.

Don’t miss the chance to make “The Little Mermaid” part of your world.

Contact Alline Kent at 396-2467 or

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