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Produce and perform a 60-minute musical under the mentorship of Samara Harand. Cast, creative and crew opportunities available! This program is open to 8th graders only!

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September 11 - November 12, 2023*

Mon, Wed, Thurs, 3:30-5:30 (Conflicts Allowed)

Performance Date(s) TBA!*

Open to 8th Graders Only!

Fee: $400 | Scholarships Available

The Eighth Grade Project is a unique program that provides an opportunity for 8th graders to be heavily involved in all creative and technical aspects of producing a musical under the mentorship of Director Samara Harand. This year, students will produce Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr., culminating in a live performance for the community. 

Registration for the 8th Grade Project is limited to allow all cast members to have featured roles in the show and also provide more hands-on opportunities on the production side. Casting and creative/production roles will be determined by Samara Harand during the rehearsal process.


Weekly conflicts are allowed. All 8th graders interested in cast, creative team and crew are encouraged to participate. Space is limited so register early! *Performance dates are subject to District 35 approval.* Contact Samara with questions!


From classic literature to the Academy Award-winning film and Broadway musical, this undersea journey is a story for the ages.

Journey "under the sea" with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney's The Little Mermaid JR., adapted from Disney's Broadway production and the motion picture (featuring the enormously popular Academy Award-winning music and delightfully charming book and lyrics). Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories, Disney's The Little Mermaid JR. is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance.

In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home — and her fins — behind and live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she's the girl whose enchanting voice he's been seeking.


The Little Mermaid Jr. is packed with numerous featured roles and amazing songs like Under the Sea, She's in Love, Poor Unfortunate Souls, Part of Your World, Les Poissons & more!


Written to flow between land and sea, Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr. provides plenty of opportunities to bring these locations to life through creative movement and configurations. The fantasy of being underwater means the cast & crew can let their imaginations run wild.

If you have any questions about the Eighth Grade Project please email

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