MARENGO — Highland High School presents a tribute to the fantastical world of Disney with their Spring show, “The Little Mermaid.” Taken from the Broadway stage, this musical rendition of the Hans Christian Anderson tale breathes new life into the fable. For die-hard Disney fans, the stage musical closely follows the plot of the Disney film, with some minor discrepancies.
The main plot remains that in the first act, Ariel is the youngest daughter of King Triton, who maintains an affinity for human culture. She rescues Prince Eric from a storm at sea and begins falling in love with him. After an angry confrontation with her father, she turns to Ursula, the Sea witch (who is King Triton’s sister in the stage production) for help. Ursula presents a deal, in which she can have a human body for three days, but she must give up her beautiful voice — Ariel agrees and exchanges her voice and tail for human legs.
The second act finds Ariel on land when Prince Eric finds her, with her unable to speak to him, he brings her back to his castle for safety. Things begin to pick up some romantic momentum for the two of them, but are quickly interrupted by Flotsam and Jetsam, eel henchman of Ursula’s. Ariel is unable to win the heart of Eric in three days, so Ursula claims her soul. King Triton arrives and agrees to take Ariel’s place, making Ursula the new queen. Ariel confronts Ursula and restores King Triton to power. Eric and Ariel end up together and King Triton declares peace between humans and merfolk.
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