Letter from the Director

For the NSMS Masquers, this production marks their first return to the high school stage with an audience at full capacity.  This has been a long time coming. And with that, we wanted to bring some magic back to North Shore Middle School.  There’s no better way to do that than with the magic of Disney!

Choosing Disney’s The Little Mermaid was fairly simple.  For the production team’s fourth musical together, we recognized that one area where the NSMS Masquers could challenge themselves was on the technical side of the production – set design, props, lighting and sound.  The tale’s extraordinary setting provided our design team and crew – a blend of teachers, advisors, middle school students and high school mentors – an opportunity to bring the audience under the sea.  We may have literally gone overboard – no pun intended.

As we began to explore Ariel’s world, we recognized that this is more than a story about a girl who gave up everything – her voice, fins, and life underwater – to marry a man she barely knew.  Instead, it’s about a girl, with a seemingly perfect life, who strives for more than her existence under the sea with everything handed to her on a silver platter.  Ariel dives into a whole new world (I know…wrong show) up above, despite it being outside of her comfort zone. What more can we want in a role model for our kids than someone who takes control of their own destiny, is brave and a risk taker, and pushes the boundaries of what is possible.  And, let’s not forget – spoiler alert – she saves Erik – twice.  

While you are probably familiar with the 1989 animated classic, the production you are about to see is a new and exciting take on the beloved Hans Christian Andersen tale.  We are excited for you to see some of the most iconic characters and songs brought to life by the talented cast and crew of NSMS.

The NSMS Masquers continue to recognize that these past few years have been difficult – at home, in school and in society in general.  Heck, these past three weeks have been challenging – with the stress of mounting a production of this scale, the business of our daily lives and the tons of other commitments. As Sebastian says, “The human world, it’s a mess!” And while this “mess” will mean different things to each of us, we ask that, for tonight, push the “mess” aside and take a journey with us. Remember, darling, it’s better, down where it’s wetter – under the sea.

With that, welcome to our home and thank you for taking this magical journey with us.  Enjoy the show!

-Damien Chillemi