This spring brought two fantastic performances to the stage that transported their audience members under the sea to conquer fear, pursue adventure, and find true love.
Upper schoolers traded their feet for flippers in this year’s production of “Disney The Little Mermaid,” which featured strong vocal performances by Savannah King, Joseph Luciani, Goodluck Ajeh, Sofi Velazquez, Quinna McCarty, Richie Keyes, Enyinnaya Ukairo, and Joli Muller, as well as the rest of the cast. The show was a wonderful testament to the hard work and dedication of the Upper School Performing Arts Department under the direction of Liesl Ehmke.
The work of the performing arts department has garnered prestigious recognition in recent months. In May, the St. Louis High School Musical Theatre Awards (SLHSMTA) nominated Principia in two categories—Outstanding Scenic Design and Outstanding Direction—for the Upper School’s production of “Disney The Little Mermaid.” The awards celebrate outstanding achievements in high school musical theatre. Additionally, Quinna McCarty, who will be a junior in the fall, won the WOW! Award at the May 22 awards ceremony for her portrayal of “Scuttle” and “Chef Louis” in the Upper School production.
The Middle School also took audience members to sea with another brave female lead—Moana played by Anna Scott. “Disney Moana JR.,” was complete with vibrant sets and playful, comedic characters that audience members just couldn’t get enough of. The cast included the villagers of Motunui, a lovable and hilarious demi-god (Benjamin Schmit), and one giant “shiny” (and sassy) crab (Amelie Kaiser). And it wasn’t just the performers who put on a memorable show. This year’s production was all hands on deck with student set designers, tech crew, marketers, and more.