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Little Mermaid Info
University School Presents Little Mermaid
Little Mermaid Performance Dates:  The University School Performing Arts Department will present our production of Disney’s  Little Mermaid, Jr. on Friday and Saturday, October 26th and 27th, in the University School gym, at 7:00 p.m.  The cast is composed of 3rd through 9th graders.  Tickets are available, $5 for students and $10 for adults.  Come out and enjoy a wonderful performance by our talented Jr. Bucs!


Cast Party


My name is Robin Ray and my niece Carmen Thomas is a participant in the Little Mermaid Play. I have offered to coordinate the cast party for October 27, 2018. I had thought that we could plan a sort of menu for the party this year. Since the cast will be at the school from 4 until at least 8:30, I thought some sustenance type items would be appropriate. By my count there is a little over 60 students participating. I know that what is easy for one parent is not easy for another parent. With that in mind, I have included some items for those parents who would rather just contribute money. If you want to contribute money, just email me that your child is sending money and leave envelope with Mrs. Ross at practice. For those who would like to bring things, please email what you would like to bring and as things are marked off I will update everyone. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to email me at or call me at 865-748-4385. Plates and plastic ware are already being provided.

Chicken fil a nugget trays med $55.30 with 120 nuggets ( parents contribute)

(2) Sub sandwich tray from food city 24.99 each (plus tax) feeds 12 to 15 (parents contribute)

Fruit tray- 2 small

Cheese tray- 2 small

Vegetable tray- 2 small

Chips – 4 to 5 bags

Water- case 16.9 oz

Case of small waters

Soda- can or small bottles

Capri sun type drinks




Whatever else anyone wants to bring.

A couple of coolers with ice to keep the drinks cold.

Little Mermaid rehearsal schedule

Here is the schedule for the rest of the run.

  • Monday, October 15
    • 3:15-5:30 Ariel and Eric; Scuttle and Gulls, Flounder, Grimsby, Triton, Sebastian, Pilot
      • Songs, lines, blocking
    • 3:15-4:30 Mersisters
      • She’s in Love
      • Daughters of Triton
  • Tuesday, October 16
    • 3:15-4:00 Ariel and Eric/Scuttle and Gulls, Flounder
      • One Step Closer          Human Stuff
    • 3:15-4:30 Mersisters, Flounder, Ariel
      • She’s in Love
      • Daughters of Triton
    • 4:30-5:30 Ariel, Triton, Sebastian, Flounder, Ursula, Flotsam, Jetsam
      • Lines, blocking
  • Wednesday, October 17
    • 3:15-4:15 Sailors, Pilot, Grimsby, Eric, Princesses, Chefs, Louis, Ariel, Flounder, Sebastian
      • Fathoms Below, Les Poissons
    • 4:15-5:00 Princesses, Pilot, Grimsby, Eric, Carlotta
      • The Contest
  • Thursday, October 18
    • 3:15-5:30 Ursula, Flotsam, Jetsam, Eric, Ariel, Triton, Flounder, Sebastian
      • Poor Unfortunate Souls, Part of Your World
    • 3:15-5:30 Ariel and Eric; Scuttle and Gulls, Flounder, Grimsby, Triton, Sebastian, Pilot
      • Songs, lines, blocking
  • Friday, October 19
    • 3:15-4:30 Sea Creatures, Sebastian, Mersisters, Ariel, Eric, Flounder, Seahorse, Scuttle, Gulls
      • Kiss the Girl, Under the Sea (add dialogue before), p. 41
    • 4:30-5:30 Mersisters, Flounder, Ariel
      • She’s in Love
      • Daughters of Triton
  • Saturday, October 20
    • 9:00-1:00 Company (“company” means everyone)
      • Run show
  • Monday October 22
    • 3:15-5:30 Company
      • Run show
  • Tuesday, October 23 – 3:15-5:30
    • run with set, curtains, and all props, company
  • Wednesday, October 24– 3:15-5:30
    • tech rehearsal, company
  • Thursday, October 25– 3:15-6:30 final dress rehearsal, company
  • October 26– performance, University School Gym, company
    • 4:30 Call time (when you need to be in the gym with your costume and make-up on, food eaten, ready to warm-up and rehearse)
    • 7:00 Curtain
  • October 27 - performance 
    • 5:00 call
    • 7:00 Curtain

Greetings everyone,

Below is the tentative cast list and other information for University School's production of Little Mermaid, Jr.

Please let me know the following:

  1. If I need to add any other family members to the distribution list.
  2. If you have any questions.
  3. If you know of someone who is not on the list but wants to participate.

We will have a read through tomorrow (Wednesday, July 18) 3:15-5:00 in room 128 for everyone who can make it.  If you will be hungry before 5:00, bring a snack to eat before we start.  I will send out a detailed rehearsal schedule in the next day or two for rehearsals that will begin next Monday, July 23.  If you have not done so already, please turn in your audition form and be sure to include any recurring conflicts that you have so that we can try to work around them.

Allyson Ross
Music and Theater 6 -12
University School, ETSU

Show Notification

Dear Families,                                                                                                              July 13, 2018

On Wednesday, July 18, the University School performing arts department will begin rehearsals for our production of Disney’s Little Mermaid, Jr..  The cast will be composed of 3rd through 9th graders and your child has expressed an interest in being in this show.  Below are a few details to help you decide if this journey is the correct one for you child and your family.

  • Show dates are September 7 and 8, 2018
    • Your child will need to be at school those evenings at 4:30 to get ready (this is your call time)
    • Curtain time (when the show starts) is 7:00 both evenings
    • Both performances will be in the school gym
  • Rehearsals will be M, T, Th, F 3:15-5:30 and W 3:15-5:00
    • Your child will not need to be at all of the rehearsals. For instance, if your child is cast as a sailor, they will only need to be at rehearsals for scenes that include sailors.
    • Likewise, they will probably not need to be in rehearsal for the entire time on a given day. For instance, if the sailors practice 3:15-4:15 on a Tuesday, your child would be dismissed at 4:15 if they are a sailor.
  • Please take a moment to fill out the reverse side of this paper. I will try to schedule rehearsals around your reoccurring activities.  I will also need your child’s measurements for costuming.
  • Here are the dates that are certain at this point:
    • Saturday, August 18 – rehearsal
      • Practice applying make-up
        • Everyone should have his or her own kit!
      • Saturday, August 25 – rehearsal (remember there is in-service on Friday, August 24 so there will be no school that day)
      • Saturday, September 1 – rehearsal (Monday, September 3 is Labor Day)
      • Tuesday, September 5 – run with set, curtains, and all props, company (“company” means everyone)
      • Wednesday, September 5 – tech rehearsal, company
        • Lights
        • Sound
      • Thursday, September 6 – final dress rehearsal, company
        • Make-up
        • Costumes
        • Lights
        • Sound
      • September 7 and 8 – performances, University School Gym, company
        • 4:30 – Call
          • Your make-up should be on by 4:30!
          • Warm-up
          • Sound check
          • Final clean-up if needed
        • 7:00 - curtain

As always, please email me at if you have any questions.

Little Mermaid, tentative cast

Little Mermaid, tentative cast

Pilot – Daniel Bristol

Sailors –

Prince Eric – Samuel Harless

Grimsby – Luke Dahlgren

Merfolk –

Sea Creatures –

Seahorse (herald in King Triton’ court) – Miles Buda

King Triton – Braydon Fields

Sebastian – Lilly Elder


          Aquata – Olivia Thomas

          Andrina – Ellen Hong

          Arista – Zoe Trainor

          Atina – Jada Greenlee

          Adella – Ellie Colvett

          Allanna – Avery Hurley

Ariel – Morgan Stanley

Flounder – Kennedy Funk

Scuttle – Olive Smith

Gulls (3) – Leanna Hughes, Caroline Argueta, Shannon Willard

Ursula – Maylee Leonard

Flotsam – Abbie Ryan

Jetsam – Kenzie Tipton

Carlotta – Ameris Bradley

Chef Louis – Makena Watkins

Chefs (8) –

Princesses (6) –

If you do not see your name on the list, please let Ms. Ross know and she will add you.

Little Mermaid Ensemble Groups


  • Anton
  • J.
  • Becca
  • Briar
  • Zulum
  • Mustafa
  • Kyrsten
  • Collin
  • Caden
  • Natalie G.

Princesses: (also double as sailors)

  • Ashlyn
  • Olivia A.
  • Carmen
  • Emma Grace
  • Lindsey
  • Erin


  • Max
  • Harry
  • Mya M.
  • Jack
  • Sammie
  • Lauren
  • Darin
  • Emmajyn
  • Parth
  • Anna
  • Peyton
  • Maya S.

Sea Creatures:

  • Isla
  • Lexie
  • Ruth
  • Amelia D.
  • Grace
  • Izzy
  • Avery Hildenbrand
  • Autumn
  • Emily
  • Allison Miller

Spring Chorus Concert on Thursday, May 17th

Photos of the concert, taken by a parent, Kathi Horne, have been placed on an external site, Walgreens, by Kathi.  Photos are available for viewing or ordering from Kathi's Gallery



Ms. Allyson Ross - University School Teacher of the Year Award
Congratulations to Ms. Allyson Ross who received this year's University School Teacher of the Year (Most Innovative Teacher) Award.

Ms. Allyson Ross brings music and song to the faculty, staff, and students of University School. Her love of music and theater is demonstrated daily in her work with the students. She brings out the best in students.

The choir and theater students have been hard at work all year long on different performances. She puts countless hours into the program (after school and on weekends) and her positive attitude has spread to the students as evidenced by increased enrollments in the theater program.

What a joy it is to walk into the building in the early morning and hear the sounds of the choir singing. It is an uplifting way to begin the day for faculty and students. The growth of her students has been simply amazing.

She has also been instrumental in helping our school become more "green" in words and in actions. She took the initiative to write a grant that provided us with reusable tableware to use. Her work towards getting the drinking fountain that fills water bottles shows her commitment to recycling and the environment.

The University School Chorus, pictured below, performed at the Clemmer College of Education Awards Ceremony.

Congratulations, Ms. Ross! 

UH Chorus




Good morning everyone,

This is a reminder that if school is canceled, rehearsals will also be canceled.  Please continue to work on memorizing your lines so that our next rehearsal will go smoothly.


Allyson Ross

Music and Theater 6 -12

University School, ETSU




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