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March 6, 2018 > Montessori School of Fremont presents ?The Little Mermaid?

Montessori School of Fremont presents ?The Little Mermaid?

Submitted By Sofia Zuniga and Yazhini Rajesh

For 16 years, Montessori School of Fremont students and staff have produced beautiful and exquisite operas. Each year, the operas are performed at Ohlone College?s Smith Centre with the assistance of director/composer and choreographers Sanford and Judy Jones. Last year they took you to Bergamo, Italy, where Harlequin, a young boy, learned the true meaning of friendship.

On Friday, March 9, Montessori School of Fremont returns with Hans Christian Anderson?s classic fairy tale, ?The Little Mermaid.?

The story begins in an underwater kingdom where the sea creatures awaken to greet the day. They are ruled over by the Sea King who lives with his six daughters, who are considered the fairest in the ocean. But the littlest mermaid, Rose, is the most beautiful of them all.

When each mermaid turns 15, they are allowed to swim to the surface and look at the wonders of the world above. When it is Rose?s turn, she surfaces to see a huge ship sailing nearby. Intrigued, she swims closer and notices a handsome prince on the deck, and she falls in love. But soon a storm strikes, and the ship is overturned. Panicked, Rose searches for the prince and finds him barely alive, struggling to stay above water. She saves him and brings him to the shore and watches as some convent girls find and tend to him.

From then on, all she thinks of is the prince, and she grows more curious about human beings. Rose learns from her grandmother that human souls are immortal, but after 300 years of life, mermaids turn into foam on the crests of the waves. Rose goes to consult the Sea Witch on how to win her prince and an immortal soul. The Sea Witch gives her a potion that will give her legs, but it comes with the payment of her voice, the loveliest in the sea. Rose agrees.

Once on land, she experiences love, heartbreak, and faces the ultimate choice between returning to life as a mermaid or the life of the prince.

This timeless fairy tale shows what the power of love can do. It has been adapted in a creative and unique way to fit the stage, with live music, and all costumes and stage props created by the children with help from parent volunteers.

?The operas written and choreographed by Sanford and Judy Jones are a vehicle for artistic expression which inspire children to explore our cultural heritage in a collective, creative and collaborative endeavor of the human spirit,? said Kathy Brunner, teacher at Montessori School of Fremont.

Come to ?The Little Mermaid? and join Rose on her quest for true love.

The Little Mermaid
Friday, Mar 9
7 p.m.
Smith Center at Ohlone College
Jackson Theater
43600 Mission Blvd, Fremont
(510) 490-0919
Tickets: $16 adults, $11 children

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