Bemidji High School Theater Going Under the Sea with ‘The Little Mermaid’
Bemidji High School’s theater program is putting their own spin on a classic story for their fall musical.
After students decided on performing “The Little Mermaid” this year, director Jeremiah Liend decided to add a little more to the show by adding some unique touches to grab the audience’s attention.
“I don’t think anyone’s ever told ‘The Little Mermaid’ the way that we’re about to,” said Liend. “It pulls in elements from classic theater like theater of the poor and postmodernism that I doubt has ever been seen in a version of ‘The Little Mermaid’ like this.”
Although the show is being performed by high school students instead of a large theater company, Liend believes the talent on display will speak volumes.
“There are a lot of really big challenges whenever you try to bring a Broadway show to a high school level. The cast is much smaller and we have limited resources, but the stuff that we – the things we can accomplish with those limited resources are really amazing,” said Liend.
For actress Annika Selberg, who will be playing the lead role of Ariel, she says she was able to find ways to relate to the titular mermaid.
“It’s always like, things that we want to do but we kind of can’t, and it’s always like a dream of ours to go out of our comfort zone and do those things, and I guess that’s kind of like me in some ways,” explained Selberg.
Those working behind the scenes of “The Little Mermaid” have put a lot of effort into the show to bring it to life, especially with their already busy schedules.
“It definitely takes up a lot of time, and I have to really be focused when I’m on stage,” said Selberg.
“It’s very difficult,” added Liend. “It’s balancing our time on stage … with our music director Natalie Dahlin, with our choreographer Krista Grover, so it’s a matter of coordinating a lot of kids with really busy schedules, but they make it work, they make it come together, and it’s amazing the things they can do.”
The show will be held at the Bemidji High School Auditorium through Saturday, Nov. 11 at 7 PM each night. Tickets for the show can be purchased here.