Little Mermaid theater production makes a big splash with students

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Little Mermaid theater production makes a big splash with students. (Source CBS 4 News)

One Harlingen elementary school is prepping its students for the spotlight.

Lee H. Means Fine Arts Academy students brought the Little Mermaid to life this month with their take on the Disney film, and it’s the first time they’ve done a Broadway quality show.

“The talent just came out of nowhere,” said Sally Cavazos-Navarro, Harlingen C.I.S.D.’s fine arts specialist.

For these students, being on stage comes naturally, and having access to the fine arts through their school makes it that much easier.

“I love theater arts, I mean, I’ve loved it ever since I was four,” said  Nadia Vento, cast member playing Ariel in the play.

“I like a lot of acting that’s why I wanted to try out for this play, and I think we’re very lucky to have a Fine Arts Academy in Harlingen,” said Addison Ruiz, who plays Sebastian.

Last year, Harlingen C.I.S.D. turned Lee H. Means into a Fine Arts Academy.

The production of the Little Mermaid is the elementary school’s first full on show.

“I was here when we were building props out of straws and pipe cleaners, and now we’re renting $1,000 sets and having just the best Broadway quality shows for these children its an amazing change that I wish I would have had,” said Joseph Decilos, a former Lee H. Means student who acted as the play’s student director.

Students from kindergarten to fifth grade performed, and emphasized the importance of having a school like this in the District.

“The show has been an amazing learning experience because I’ve just loved playing this character because I kind of like Ursula’s personality, except for the evil part,” said Catalina Cabello-Corona, a cast member who plays Ursula.

The director said she hopes it will cultivate a life long love of the arts.

The last show for The Little Mermaid is tonight, February 26, at 7 p.m.

You can buy tickets at the Harlingen CISD Performing Arts Center.

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