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Seth Paine School to perform "The Little Mermaid Jr."

Gilbert R. Boucher II/gboucher@dailyherald.com William Chialdikas, playing Sebastian, left, and Sammie Kopp, playing Ariel, dance with other 4th and 5th graders during dress rehearsal of “The Little Mermaid Jr.” on Thursday at Seth Paine Elementary School in Lake Zurich. The performance will be held at Lake Zurich High School’s Performing Arts Center on February 14th and 16th.

Gilbert R. Boucher II/gboucher@dailyherald.com William Chialdikas, playing Sebastian, left, and Sammie Kopp, playing Ariel, dance with other 4th and 5th graders during dress rehearsal of "The Little Mermaid Jr." on Thursday at Seth Paine Elementary School in Lake Zurich. The performance will be held at Lake Zurich High School's Performing Arts Center on February 14th and 16th.

 
Gilbert R. Boucher II/gboucher@dailyherald.com Fourth grader Sophia Babcock, front, daces with other 4th and 5th graders to the song “Under the Sea” during dress rehearsal of “The Little Mermaid Jr.” on Thursday at Seth Paine Elementary School in Lake Zurich. The performance will be held at Lake Zurich High School’s Performing Arts Center on February 14th and 16th.

Gilbert R. Boucher II/gboucher@dailyherald.com Fourth grader Sophia Babcock, front, daces with other 4th and 5th graders to the song "Under the Sea" during dress rehearsal of "The Little Mermaid Jr." on Thursday at Seth Paine Elementary School in Lake Zurich. The performance will be held at Lake Zurich High School's Performing Arts Center on February 14th and 16th.

 
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By Gilbert R. Boucher II

Seth Paine Elementary School 4th and 5th grade students danced to the songs "Under the Sea" and "Part of Your World" as they rehearsed the play "The Little Mermaid Jr." Thursday in Lake Zurich.

The play is adapted from Disney's 1989 animated movie and Broadway productions of "The Little Mermaid" taken from the classic story written by Hans Christian Andersen.

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Second grade teacher Robin Kern and Mary Beth Euker, a mother and lawyer, have been directing the 52 students in rehearsals since September.

"I think they have grown tremendously and become more self reliant," explained Kern in describing the progress of the students in rehearsal. "They are wonderful and very committed to the whole project." The song and dance production is the story of a beautiful, young mermaid named Ariel with a beautiful voice, who desires to leave her underwater home and join Prince Eric on land. In the process, she defies her father, trades her wonderful singing voice and fins for legs and the man of her dreams, compliments of a wicked mer-witch named Ursula.

"It's fun getting to know everyone," said redheaded 5th grader Sammie Kopp who plays the part of Ariel. "But sometimes it's hard cause you can't show or move your legs."

The school will hold its 8th annual musical at Lake Zurich High School -- Performing Arts Center on February 14th at 7 p.m. and February 16th at 2 p.m.

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