Great Local Shows - Theatrical Reviews
||Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr.
||Rocklin Community Theatre
|Date(s) of show
||January 11-20, 2013
||This is a reprise of a show that Rocklin Community
Theatre ran last spring to sold-out audiences, and I know why. It’s a
delightful send-up of one of Disney’s best, with a lot of good music and
an engaging fairy-tale plot. My first thought was that the amazing
costumes must have been rented, but I see from the program that an army
of people are devoted to costuming, so they must be original and if
that’s the case, their efforts should garner awards: the costumes were
just stunning. That’s not to demean the skills of the young performers.
I saw the Seashell cast, and I was struck with the strong, clear voices
of all the principals. The acting was uneven, but Marlize Dizon sparkled
as Ariel, Jake Young had leading-man charisma as Prince Eric, Angie Reed
was wickedly good as Ursula the Sea Witch, and Emily Masnica played
Sebastian brilliantly, especially in his two big numbers, “Under the
Sea” and “Kiss the Girl.” It was also great fun to watch the Mersisters
have fun in their appearances: they rocked every time they were on
stage. And not only theirs, but all the choreography was entertaining. I
took special note of the audio, which made the songs and dialog crystal
clear, something you can’t say for many local productions. This whole
ensemble performed beautifully in a show that any family should love.