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Oyster Bay Enterprise Pilot - Schools

‘Under The Sea’ At East Woods

On April 3 and 4, the East Woods Upper School presented a captivating production of the Disney musical The Little Mermaid, Jr. The stage of the old gym was transformed into an underwater kingdom and a coastal estate, complete with waves lapping against the bow of a majestic, moveable ship. The set was designed, constructed and painted entirely by students, parents and faculty, and was a labor of love, with weekend workshops from morning until night.

The talent of the Upper School students was showcased by the stellar performances of every student involved with the production. With an endearing and very crab-like Sebastian, a beautiful Ariel, a sweet and sincere Prince Eric, a concerned Grimsby, a loyal but frightened Flounder, a very silly Scuttle, an imposing King Triton, a hilarious and memorable Chef Louis, the scheming and sinister Ursula and her “pets” Flotsam and Jetsam, and with the wonderful harmonies sung by the graceful Mersisters, the lively cast of middle school students brought their characters to life. No canned music here, the stage actors were accompanied by their gifted and accomplished fellow students in the pit band. In what has now become an Upper School musical tradition, the kindergarten class participated in the musical as guppies.

Parents, families, friends and fellow students were blown away by the talent, hard work and especially the fun that was evident during all three performances.

 As Artistic Director Orlando Peña said, “My goal was for the students to laugh hard, work hard and go beyond their comfort zone in the safe environment of East Woods...after all, it’s not every day we can be mermaids, mersisters, crabs and seagulls! I just wanted the students to cherish this moment.”

The East Woods student performers clearly did cherish this experience. Whether on the stage, in the band or behind the scenes, they impressed everyone with their talent and dedication.

For additional information, contact Amanda Laserson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.eastwoods.org.