"Jacob detailed planning also provides a clear vision and direction for the designers, technical director, and the rest of the production team to help build the Conservatory and the production itself. He has the ability to listen to his colleagues and be collaborative. We are usually dealing with limited budgets and he has been most helpful in creating within this framework."
~ Kimberly Markarian, Conservatory Program Director
Director: Jacob Wolstencroft
Choreographer: Kristina Linden
Musical Director: Alex Scott
Set and Costume Design: Tracy-Lynn Chernaske
Stage Management: Rick Rinder
Program Director: Kimberly Markarian
Assistants: Sylvi Booth, Lizzie Menzies
"Our little mermaid, Ariel, has no limitations to her mind. She does not know the purpose of a fork. Instead, she believes it to be a “dinglehopper” and uses it to brush her hair. She constantly reinvents the purpose for found objects from a universe she knows nothing about.
This characteristic of Ariel speaks to the true magic of Disney. This world that started with the beloved mouse named Mickey offers a simple reminder that: at any age, we can turn off the logical side of the brain and see beyond the concrete. We can allow our imagination to thrive. We can see a jellyfish when looking at a parasol and a ship created from a rope. A piece of netting can easily be a thousand different things: water, the side of a ship, a tentacle, or the wind. At any age, we can choose to see the wonder of the world through the eyes of a child.
I encourage you to watch this show like Ariel would. Open your eyes to see more than just what is simply in front of you. It’s time to open the imagination and come join us Under the Sea."
~ Jacob Wolstencroft, Director's Note for The Little Mermaid JR.