Valdosta Daily Times

May 30, 2013

The Little Mermaid

Dean Poling
The Valdosta Daily Times

ADEL — Cook County Arts Council takes audiences “Under the Sea” for this year’s summer musical.

The Arts Council presents a live, stage adaptation of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” with two performances this weekend.

“This is the Disney version, yes,” says Jeremy Williams, the show’s director. “It’s based on the 1989 film. It has all the songs from the film (‘Part of Your World,’ ‘Under the Sea,’ ‘Kiss the Girl,’ etc.) plus a few new ones that were written for the Broadway version.”

For the past several weeks, Williams has rehearsed a massive cast of Cook County and South Georgia performers. “Sixty-three actors, ages pre-K through college,” says Williams, who is also Cook High School’s long-time theatre director. “Tech was done by student, parent, and community volunteers.”

Cook County is not the first area theatre group to present stage versions of Disney’s classic animated films. Peach State Summer Theatre has presented several live Disney adaptations. Earlier this year, Lowndes High School Off-Broadway presented Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” LHS rented costumes that replicated the movie’s characters and wardrobes. Cook County Arts Council has created the costumes for “The Little Mermaid.”

“We made almost all of our costumes,” Williams says. “More specifically, we had a handful of talented and dedicated parents who worked dozens of hours constructing mermaid tails, fish costumes, and seagull outfits, just to name a few. We did base most of the designs on the looks of the characters in the film.”

Cook’s summer shows have become a community tradition.

“This is the 17th year of Cook Summer Theatre, and the 10th year it has been in its current format of being open to a larger age group,” Williams says. “We now have at least two students in the program whose parents were involved as students themselves.”



THE CAST: Stevi Dickerson, Connor Rentz, Ethan Glass, Katie Simmons, Jonathan Dorminey, Anjel Moore, Zachary Williams, Gavin Faircloth, Jacob Mitchell, Parker Brown, Reed Valdez, Aleyna Rentz, Haiden Delacruz, LaMarcus Johnson, Amber Griffis, Noel Valdez, LeAnne Hilliard, Rachel Rentz, Hannah Dickerson, Marley Burke, Parker Brown, John Hutchinson, Maverick Newgent, Bryce Phillips, Braxton Williams, James Taylor, Marquis Johnson, Chelsea Gandy, Kelsie Ray, Holt Daughtrey, Rosie Valdez, Montana Newgent, Amara Moore, Maggie Mae Prinkney, Jennie Beth Prinkney, Rosie Rentz, Bethany Rentz, Anna Grace Sellars, Lydia Sellars, Rebekah Dickerson, Maggie Griggs, Abby Griggs, Laila Fulp, Emily Gilbert, Zakeriah Thomas, Allie Simmons, Adriana King, Kadence Bennett, Lacey Allen, Aaron Eunice, Andrew Eunice, Jaeden Durr, Jamison Durr, Julie Taylor, Kyndall Herring, Leah Brisk, Lainey Solley, Rebecca Ward, Hayden Balch, Harley Balch, Jordan Daniels, Parker Exum.



DIRECTION, PRODUCTION: Jeremy Williams, director; Teresa Williams, music director; Shane Lindsey, choreographer; Jason Dickerson, master carpenter; Sarah Atkinson, stage manager; Sandra Sawyer, Kelly Taylor, set painting; Christia Williams, Katie Eunice, Ginny Herring, Mandy Ward, Gayle Valdez, Annie Baker, costume design, construction; Kyla Percival, Mitch Faircloth, Kelsi Canfield, student technicians.





SHOWTIME

Cook County Arts Council presents Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.”

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 31 and June 1.

Where: Carolyn Harris Performing Arts Center, Cook High School, Adel.

Ticket: $7, available at the door, and in advance at area banks, Adel Piggly Wiggly, and the Adel News-Tribune.