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Young actors perform undersea adventure

Kali Foster, left, who plays Ursula, and Arianna Aroche, second from left, who plays Ariel as well as other cast members perform in the Little Mermaid, presented by Red Room Studio and Headliners, this weekend. - Photo Contributed
Kali Foster, left, who plays Ursula, and Arianna Aroche, second from left, who plays Ariel as well as other cast members perform in the Little Mermaid, presented by Red Room Studio and Headliners, this weekend.
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The young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her home and live in a world above the ocean waves.

She defies her father, makes a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and tries to convince her charming prince she’s his true love.

The Disney tale, Little Mermaid, comes to the Vancouver Island University theatre’s stage Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 8-9).

For nine-year-old Arianna Aroche it’s the first time she’ll be acting a major role.

“It’s pretty exciting,” she said, adding she’s a little nervous as well.

Aroche loves Disney princesses and Ariel is one of her favourites, so playing her is special. Last year she played a rose in Alice in Wonderland.

Her favourite part of the production is the musical number featuring the song Les Poissons. The scene involves a chef and lobster Sebastian in the palace kitchen. Sebastian is trying to avoid becoming part of the evening meal.

“It’s really funny,” said Aroche.

For Kalie Foster, 10, the play is allowing her to experience the joys and challenges of playing a villain.

She plays Ursula the Sea Witch.

“I was looking for a little bit of a challenge,” said Foster about why she wanted the role. “You get to be very dramatic.”

She said it’s a lot different to play an evil character. Foster has always been interested in acting and has been pursuing the field for five years.

Last year she was the understudy for Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast.

Red Room Studios and Headliners are also presenting Legally Blonde: The Musical Friday (Dec. 7) and Saturday (Dec. 8).

Tickets for both shows are $10 and available at Headliners, Harbour City Music or by calling 250-753-2323.

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