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Get ready for an amazing underwater adventure as Director of Theatrical Arts Rick Hardenberg dives into rehearsals for Grand Rapids Christian High School’s 2017 musical, “The Little Mermaid.” Seeking to tell a familiar story with unique, exciting methods, Hardenberg will depict swimming in the air using a flying apparatus by Flying by Foy from Las Vegas. He has also cast aerialists from his summer circus camp, who will utilize Circus Fabrics to allow players to climb and do tricks sans nets.

Hardenberg is also excited to cast elementary and middle school students as sea characters, schools of fish and chorus members during the dearly-loved song "Under the Sea." "Our hope is to have at least 60 percent of our elementary school families attend this year’s production," he says. 

Hardenberg also hopes to engage many families in his brand new "Under the Sea Tea" before the Saturday matinee. This behind-the-scenes event will allow fans the opportunity to enjoy tea and cookies with cast members, witness their warm up and take a look backstage. Tickets for this one-time event will be available alongside regular performance tickets.

Never shying away from a challenge, Hardenberg will rely on talented cast members, as well as GRCHS staff. "I'm incredibly blessed," he says, about his team, which includes costumer Cheryl Randall, technical director Chris Cook and props mistress Nancy Geelhoed, as well as choreographer Torrey Thomas and music director Kayle Clements, both hired from the community.

The Little Mermaid will take the stage November 9,10,11 at 7 p.m., with a Saturday matinee at 11 a.m. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.