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Collinsville student Lily McGee secured the sought-after leading role of the show’s namesake, The Little Mermaid, Ariel. Courtesy photo

Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” will be coming to life on stage at the Bartlesville Community Center Thursday-Sunday, July 12-15, in a production by Children’s Musical Theatre (CMT) of Bartlesville.

More than 80 area youth aged 7-17 are in the cast selected from over 200 who auditioned for parts in February.

Director Caitlyn Caughell and Music Director Tiffany McGrew took three days to select who would get the privilege of performing in the acclaimed play.

Collinsville student Lily McGee secured the sought-after leading role of the show’s namesake, The Little Mermaid, Ariel. McGee, who dreamed of being a mermaid as a kid, said she is eager to play the part.

“When I found out that CMT’s next production was going to be The Little Mermaid, I was so excited and even more excited to find out that I actually get to be Ariel this summer,” she said. “It truly is beyond my wildest dreams.”

McGee has been cast in three CMT shows prior to headlining The Little Mermaid. Her first was “Mary Poppins” in 2015 as Annie and a Chimney Sweep, then she moved to a supporting role as Babette, the feather duster, in “Beauty and the Beast,” and last year in “Annie,” she played Ms. Pugh and on the Warbuck’s staff.

“Everyone in the cast has been doing a phenomenal job of developing the story, and I’m excited to see the magic of it all come together on stage,” McGee said. “I am so thankful that I have had the opportunity to be a part of such a professional, educational and fun organization.”

Other locals have been cast, including Collinsville residents Sarai De La Rosa, playing one of Evil Ursula’s eels, and Marisol De La Rosa, playing a sea creature, as well as Owasso resident Emsley Bratcher, playing another sea creature.

“I love being a sea creature, my costume is amazing,” Bratcher said. “I have learned so much this summer and felt like part of the CMT family. I am so excited for all of my friends and family from Owasso to come see the show.”

McGee and the cast have been rehearsing all day for five weeks. The students learned from the professional artistic staff to hone their skills in acting, dancing and singing. They also learned to work with other cast members as a team to create a production from beginning to end.

Tickets are available at bartlesvillecommunitycenter.com and at its box office at 918-337-2787. To learn more about the Children’s Musical Theatre of Bartlesville, visit cmtonstage.com, like them on Facebook or call 918-336-0558.