Sacred Heart Academy will proudly present the beloved Disney musical, The Little Mermaid on November 4 and 5 at the historic Shubert Theatre (New Haven). Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, this is a beautiful story about daughters growing up and fathers letting go.
The talented cast of 128 students includes Madison Brenchak ’18 (Seymour) as Ariel, Judith Suffrard ’17 (New Haven) as Sebastian, Samantha Hekeler ’17 (Cheshire) as Ursula, Erica Gonsiewski ’17 (Hamden) as Flotsam, Veronica Ciccone ’18 (Northford and Guilford) as Jetsam and Julia Cyr ’17 (New Haven) as Scuttle. These Sacred Heart students are joined by 24 talented male actors including Sheehan HS’s Drew Waldron (Wallingford), Hamden Hall’s Shaun Hillis (Madison), Notre Dame’s Miguel Corzo (Hamden), North Haven HS’s Ryan Solorzano (North Haven), Xavier’s John McEachern (Hamden) and Guilford HS’s Jake Gladwin (Guilford). The student crews consist of more than 75 other students, moderated by Sacred Heart Academy faculty members.
The Little Mermaid features some of the best known songs from the past 30 years, including “Under the Sea” and “Kiss the Girl” along with many new numbers. The Academy’s talented students have worked for months under the tutelage of award winning choreographer and alumna Janet Gambardella Bracale ’77 (North Haven) and returning musical director Chad Hardin (Guilford). Producer Kim Curbow ’81 (Branford) has served as the technical director and backstage crew moderator for over 25 years, and is thrilled to bring this show to the Shubert to celebrate 70 years of Sacred Heart Academy.
Director MaryLee Delaney (Wallingford) has enlisted alumnae Julia Bowers ’04 (West Hartford), Elise Hebel ’09 (Hamden), and Erin Shaw ’10 (Wallingford) to assist with set design, puppetry, and photography. Delaney has loved rehearsing this talented company, and overseeing the outreach service projects. Each year the musical students participate in a service project inspired by the theme of the musical, and this year they partnered with Save Our Sound. Participating in beach clean-ups and environmental activism, the students fulfilled Pope Francis’ call to care for nature. They also did a workshop for the students at St. Martin de Porres (New Haven), providing a springboard for discussing and advocating independence.
Reserve now for this thought-provoking, energetic, and timely classic…tickets are $27.50 for orchestra seats, $22.50 for the mezzanine, and $12.50 for the balcony. Performances are Friday, November 4 at 8 pm and Saturday, November 5 at 2 and 8 pm. For tickets and information, call 203-562-5666, visit www.shubert.com or the box office at 247 College Street, New Haven, or purchase at Sacred Heart Academy, 265 Benham Street, Hamden. As tradition dictates, Sacred Heart Academy alumnae in attendance will be acknowledged at all performances.
Photo credit Cheryl Cronin | Cronin Photography