Narrows Community Theater goes under the sea

Narrows Community Theater goes under the sea
Photo by Georgine Benvenuto

They’re part of your world!

The children of the Narrows Community Theater are staging their final three showings of “The Little Mermaid” this weekend at the Fort Hamilton Army Base Theater. The summer production of the Disney classic is based on the story’s Broadway musical adaptation, and features plenty of singing, dancing, and costume changes, said one of the lead actors.

“Singing is one of my favorite parts about performing,” said Abigail Summa, who plays Ariel while sporting four different sea- and land-inspired ensembles over the course of the two-hour production.

The love story tells the tale of rebellious, 16-year-old Ariel, a mermaid who becomes fascinated with the idea of living on land, and eventually falls in love with a human prince, much to the chagrin of her controlling father, King Titon. Ariel must battle not only her father, but also Ursula the sea witch, in order to be with her prince.

The kid actors, who range in age from 8–18 years old, began rehearing three or four times per week in July, and more than fifty local children make up the cast’s ensemble, according to Toni Krupczyn, the theater’s secretary.

Summa said one of her favorite parts of acting in the production — and acting in general — is the fun she has rehearsing with the friends she’s made over the summer.

“It’s been a lot of fun, I have a lot of friends that are doing the show with me,” she said. “One of the great things about theater is that you’re performing with friends and everyone’s so supportive of one another.”

The Narrows Community Theater stages five shows a year, and reserves their annual summer show for actors in the youth program.

The cast of “The Little Mermaid” staged three shows last weekend and will close their curtain with their final performance on Sunday. A photo ID is required for entry.

“The Little Mermaid” at the Fort Hamilton Army Base Theater (9728 Third Ave. at Marine Ave. in Fort Hamilton, narrowscommunitytheater.com). Aug. 26 at 2 pm and 8 pm; Aug. 27 at 2 pm. $25 adults ($15 for kids 12 and under; active military families free with ID).

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcsh[email protected]nglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Part of your world: Abigail Summa, playing Ariel, belts out a tune.
Photo by Georgine Benvenuto