Students and staff at Creekside Elementary School will bring Walt Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” to the stage tonight. As part of the show, they have created an underwater wonderland in the school’s entrance foyer.

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Creekside goes ‘under the sea’

Published 9:01pm Monday, December 17, 2012

Students and staff at Creekside Elementary School will create an underwater wonderland Tuesday night with a stage performance of Walt Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.”

One teacher working on the show, Jamel Gibson, said a little more than 100 current students are taking part, and 12 former Creekside students are returning for stage experience.

“I think we have six Ariels and three King Tritons, including (Creekside teacher) Mr. Ellison,” Gibson said.

“A host of other characters are involved, like Flounder, Sebastian and the Mer sisters.”

A red carpet event at 5:30 p.m. will precede the show at 6:15 p.m.

During the red carpet event, which Gibson said is intended to make the show’s performers feel a little glamorous, the school will donate a $500 check to the American Red Cross.

The money, raised through pre-show ticket sales and donations, will help victims of Superstorm Sandy.

“We often talk about being helpful, and so they saw an opportunity where they can help and donate a portion of the funds to the Red Cross,” Gibson said. “A lot of them have family that live up there (in New York and New Jersey). They are excited about helping.”

Under the direction of teacher Liane Folsom, students have used arts and crafts to transform Creekside’s foyer into an underwater wonderland with a giant octopus and massive clams.

When members of the public arrive for the show, sound and lights will be added to the spectacle to create a unique experience, Gibson said.

“When you walk into the cafeteria, everything is going to be lit up,” he said.

Involving elementary school children in theater helps their self-esteem and improves how they interact with others, Gibson added.

Gibson, a music teacher, got involved in Creekside’s fine arts after-school program three years ago. “It has been growing every year,” he said.

Tickets at $3 will be available at the door.

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