We Are “All Hands on Deck” Setting the Stage for The Little Mermaid

This Week’s Author
Ava Bartley


This week’s LITTLE MERMAID updates is written by senior Ava Bartley. Ava is an ITS Member and is portraying the role of Ursula in this season’s production of DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID.

Lots of more incredible stuff this week! We are absolutely killing the game with rehearsals, and are really picking up great speed!  This week, we wanted to showcase the absolute killer sets that are so close to being finished. We wanted to give everyone some insight onto the new and improved sets with some progress pictures! 

We have had so many great adults and so many great cast and crew mates building and putting the final special touches to our show! Jason Bartley, who is one of our main builders for the show, is 3D-printing King Tritons trident. Bartley said “There are 14 total pieces. Each section can take up to twenty hours to print, depending on the size.” 

According to set coordinator, Jason Tolley, “This show is a huge undertaking with so many set pieces and the scale of the pieces. Several parents have worked very hard. The art department led by Laura Russell has been a huge contributor to the quality of the sets. So grateful for their focus and willingness to share their talents.”

As the week progressed, our set designers kept on working, coming in during rehearsal hours and going above and beyond to get the sets where they need to be for GSTD excellence! Not only have our construction guys been hard at work, cast and crew mates have also been working, as during downtime in rehearsals, people had “all hands on deck” in helping Geneva Sagers hand paint the sets.

At the end of the week, we are almost all set for the middle school teaser and basketball halftime performance! Creating the magic of theatre takes multiple sets of hands and real visual of the underwater world is coming full circle. GSTD is taking the cake once again and is ready to create magic!

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