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What’s Playing T his fall, local theater goers can take a journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends at South Valley Civic Theater’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr., adapted from Disney’s 2008 Broadway production. Local teenager Emily Pember stars as Ariel, a beautiful young mermaid princess living in a magical underwater kingdom, who longs to leave behind her ocean home and her fins to go live in the world above the water. But first she’ll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice he’s been searching for. Emily started her journey as an actor when she was seven years old. As a child she was naturally drawn to entertaining people, and being on stage gave her that opportunity. She has been in 17 different productions over the past seven years since her first performance; her first memorable role being the Baby Elephant in Seussical Jr. at Nordstrom Elementary School in Morgan Hill. Emily has performed for a ballet group in Morgan Hill, Gilroy Children’s Musical Theater, Nordstrom Elementary School, San Jose Children’s Musical Theater and South Valley Civic Theater (SVCT). Most recently she was in Disney’s Mulan Jr. and Leader Of The Pack at SVCT. Being on stage not only gives Emily an outlet for entertaining people, but she also gets to let go of reality and immerse herself in roles that let her explore life through portraying other characters. Her favorite role to date was playing a Bird Girl in Seussical Jr. at SVCT, making that her second time on stage in that show. Her role as Ariel will be her second starring role on stage; her first being Snow White at Nordstrom Elementary. This will be her sixth production with SVCT since 2013. This production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. features a cast of 52 children from the area, some new to the stage and some, like Emily, who have been in many shows. Direction is by Colleen Blanchard, a seasoned director having directed over 14 plays for SVCT as well as plays for other theater groups in the greater Bay Area. Vocal direction is by Tami Piper. Opening night of the show is Friday, September 30th and the production runs through October 22nd. Go to SVCT’s website ( for a complete list of performance dates and times as well as ticket information and directions to the theater. Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. September 30, October 1 October 7, 8, 9 –14, 15, 16 – 21, 22 Friday & Saturday 8 pm Sunday 2:30 pm General Admission : $22 Senior Admission : $18 SVCT South Valley Civic Theater 17090 Monterey Road Morgan Hill, CA 95020 (408) 842-7469 Tickets available at the door or online No reservations accepted Jerry Finnigan’s Sister September 2, 3, 4 – 9, 10 16, 17 – 23, 24 Friday & Saturday 8 pm Sunday 2 pm Tickets : $20 Pintello Comedy Theater 8191 Swanston Lane Gilroy, CA 95020 (408) 337-1599 Reservations recommended This hilarious, tennis-match-like play brings to life the truth that wives often wonder why men do what they do, while their husbands wonder how to get away with doing what they did! Matthew Russell Hendrickson has been involved with community theater for over 35 years. He is currently a designer’s assistant for Brotin Design, a founding member of a local film production company, Oscar Dante Motion, and is still heavily involved with local theater. GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 79