Whenever Green Valley High School in Henderson does musical theater, you can bet it will be outstanding. After all, Green Valley is the only high school glee club in Las Vegas to play Carnegie Hall. And its last musical production, Mary Poppins, also played at Las Vegas’s cultural icon, the Smith Center.
This is the last weekend to catch Green Valley’s Performing Arts Department performance of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. It’s worth every penny of the $15 it will take you get into the high school auditorium.
The costumes are outrageous. The mermaids and fish swim, actually flying through the air. And billowing blue bed sheets are a creative way to separate the land from the sea.
The play deals with adult themes like cruel discrimination, bullying parents/bosses and growing up. The kids at this stage in their lives seem to understand them all.
The singing is magnificent. All the leads have Broadway-bound voices. What was striking for me was this professional show was put on by kids in braces!
My favorite part of the show is a Green Valley tradition. After the curtain call, the cast, still in costume, forms a gauntlet and applauds the audience for attending as they leave the auditorium.
Curtain’s up at 7 pm Friday and Saturday nights. You can buy tickets online at the high school’s web site. And who says there’s no culture in Las Vegas, the land of casinos?
((hugs)) BETH Ellyn
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