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Featuring local kids, ‘The Little Mermaid Jr.’ runs Jan. 12-22

The show runs a little more than an hour, making it perfect for younger audiences

The Biggest Little Theatre Company in Sudbury invites you to journey "under the sea" with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr.

The production is adapted from Disney's Broadway production and the motion picture, featuring the enormously popular Academy Award-winning music and delightfully charming book and lyrics. 

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories, Disney's “The Little Mermaid Jr.” is a kid-friendly, enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance. 

In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home — and her fins — behind and live in the world above. 

But first, she'll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she's the girl whose enchanting voice he's been seeking. 

The production features more than 40 youth aged six to 16 years old from the Greater Sudbury area, and the show runs approximately 1.25 hours without intermission, making it perfect for a younger audience. 

The “Little Mermaid Jr.” runs January 12-22 at the Capreol Arena in Capreol. Tickets cost $15 for general admission. Tickets and specific showtime information is available online at

Jeff Burton and Kelsie Carroll, co-owners of the new school for the performing arts, have been part of the local theatre scene for years and have joined forces to offer youth across the city of Greater Sudbury an opportunity to experience the joy and acceptance they felt growing up in theatre.

“The theatre is a place where we forgot who we are and dive into big characters and wild situations but at the same time, the theatre provides a great sense of accomplishment and self-discovery as you feel yourself grow as a performer,” said Burton.

“This sense of accomplishment is really helpful to a young person’s self-acceptance and confidence as they grow. It also introduces youth to a community of people their age with similar interests and that’s really exciting as a kid, to find your clique; all of my best friends come from some arts experience or another, whether it be from my time at Sudbury Secondary School for Performing Arts or during my years as a performer with local community theatres.

“I've formed so many bonds with incredible people throughout the years and they are a huge part of my life today.”

For information about future auditions, visit Auditions are open to youth from six to 18 years old who are looking to experiment in musical theatre.