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Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR.

PM&L Theatre is pleased to announce the return of our Stage Struck Youth Theatre program for 2022. This program allows youths of all ages to participate in a real theatrical production with the goal of enriching their lives with unique experiences. The program culminates with four live performances of Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR. over three days from July 8 – 10. Auditioners must have registered, completed their online audition form, and reserved an audition slot prior to arrival. A link to audition materials will be provided after submitting the audition form. Auditions will be held on May 3 and 4 at PM&L Theatre, located at 877 Main Street in Antioch, IL. All participants who complete their registration and audition form will be cast in the show.
COVID-19 Protocols
  • Production participants are not required to submit a proof of vaccination in order to participate in this production.
  • Masking is not required for any production participants but all are encouraged to take precautions most comfortable to them.
  • All production participants should respect the precautions any other participant wishes to take.
  • Any production participant who is experiencing COVID-like symptoms or was in close contact with someone with COVID-19 should follow the CDC’s Quarantine and Isolation recommendations.
  • The health and safety of those participating in the production always comes before the production.

About The Production

Audiences have been falling in love with the little mermaid since Hans Christian Andersen first set her down on paper nearly two centuries ago. In 1989, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, a sparkling example of musical storytelling on film, inaugurated a renaissance in Disney animation. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s ballad “Part of Your World” instantly became the defining “I Want” song for a new generation of musical theater fans.

Nearly two decades later, Tony Award®-winning playwright Doug Wright began writing Disney’s stage adaptation of The Little Mermaid. Inspired by Menken’s gorgeous music and Ashman and Glenn Slater’s rich lyrics, the show found its sea legs through readings, workshops, out-of-town performances in Denver, and previews in New York before its Broadway opening at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on January 10, 2008.

Following the show’s Broadway opening, the decision was made to adapt The Little Mermaid’s Broadway script and score for young performers as part of MTI’s Broadway Junior® Collection. This version of Ariel’s journey needs no elaborate sets or props; instead, a Sea Chorus ignites our imagination to create seamless transitions between the watery depths and the world above.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.


Audition Notes

Each child should prepare a song from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, JR, from the set of songs provided, and should be prepared to read along with one of the scene selections. Memorization, while not required, is strongly recommended. Please be prepared to audition emphasizing your use of voice, facial expressions, and your understanding of the character and material. We encourage parents or other responsible adults to talk about the audition process with their child(ren). Please make sure to set expectations: not every child will be able to receive a lead / supporting role, but every role is crucial to the telling of the story. Auditions will be held in 1-hour blocks with small groups of children.

Audition Scheduling

  • After registering, you will receive an email directing you to complete your child’s audition form.
  • After completing your audition form you will be emailed a link to schedule your audition. It is important you use this link in order to schedule your proper audition time slot.
  • Your audition submission email will also include a link to sides you’ll be reading at your audition.

About PM&L

As stated in the preamble to our bylaws:

The purposes for which the corporation is organized are: to promote the fine arts by producing plays, art exhibits, music concerts, musical comedies and instructing the same. PM&L, Inc. does not discriminate against any prospective member or participant because of his or her race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, order of protection status, marital status, physical or mental disability, military status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or unfavorable discharge from military service.

Available Roles

Female, Lead, Soprano
Prince Eric
Male, Lead, Tenor
Male, Lead, Tenor
Female, Lead, Mezzo-Soprano
Male, Supporting, Tenor
King Triton
Male, Supporting, Non-singer
Female, Featured, Mezzo-Soprano
Either Gender, Featured, Alto/Tenor
Either Gender, Featured, Alton/Tenor
Either Gender, Featured, Alto/Tenor
Male, Featured, Tenor
Chef Louis
Male, Featured, Tenor
Female, Featured, Non-singer
Female, Ensemble, Soprano/Mezzo-Soprano/Alto
Male, Ensemble, Tenor
Either Gender, Ensemble, Soprano/Mezzo-Soprano/Alto/Countertenor/Tenor/Baritone
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