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"Zut, alors! I have missed one!" exclaims Chef Louis (Bobby Koys) as he pursues Sebastian the crab (Hadley DiForti) as a splendid choice for dinner. (Submitted photo)

The final performance of “The Little Mermaid Jr.” begins at 7 p.m. Friday, March 22, at St. Cletus School in LaGrange.

The sea is always bluer … on dry land. That’s where the beautiful mermaid Ariel fancies her future — away from her ocean home and up in the world above. Her tale from the Hans Christian Andersen children’s classic is told in the show adapted from Disney’s 2008 Broadway production.

Eighth-grade students have leading roles, and sixth- and seventh-graders take part in the chorus.

Starring in the performance are Natalie Nicoletti of Countryside as the mermaid Ariel, Thomas McGing of La Grange as Prince Eric, Hadley DiForti of Brookfield as the crab Sebastian, Maria Flach of La Grange as best friend Flounder, Amy Fatora of Countryside as the seagull Scuttle, Kate Krecek of La Grange as the sea witch Ursula, and Sean Heslin of Countryside as King Triton.

Mermaid Ariel so desires to be on land that she makes a pact with the sea witch Ursula:  Ariel will surrender her melodious voice so that Ursula will transform her into a human.  As the story unfolds, a spell must be broken, a voice must be found — and love must triumph.

“As a classic fairy tale, Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid Jr.’ is a delightful story for our students to enact,” says Caitlin Gomez, St. Cletus music teacher and director of the musical. “Our eighth-grade students have really stepped up to portray these colorful characters and sing these lively, much-beloved songs. Everyone is sure to enjoy this fun-filled presentation.”

St. Cletus, 700 W. 55th St., is a Catholic elementary school, offering instruction from pre-school and kindergarten through eighth grade.

Tickets for the production cost $6. To order tickets, call St. Cletus School at 708-352-4820. Visit