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The Little Mermaid Jr. Comes to N-CMS This Spring!



Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. comes to the Newton-Conover Middle School in Conover

Conover/Newton, NC (February 20, 2017) – Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. is playing at Newton-Conover Middle School starting on Friday, March 31 at 7:00 pm through Saturday, April 1. The 60-minute musical is based on the 2008 Broadway production and the 1989 animated feature film. The middle and high school cast of Newton-Conover City Schools contains approximately 35 students led by DHS/NCHS theatre arts teacher David Bozza, NCHS chorus teacher Cammie Adams, NCHS art teacher Karmen Lawing, and NCHS apparels teacher Melissa Bradshaw.

“This is the first time that three schools have teamed up together to work on the musical. It features students from Discovery High School, Newton-Conover High School, and Newton-Conover Middle School. We hope to have the opportunity to collaborate more in the future.” – David Bozza, Theatre Arts teacher and director of The Little Mermaid JR

This classic Disney title contains all of the songs from the Academy Award® winning animated feature film as well as three new songs from the Broadway show. THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. takes place in a magical kingdom beneath the sea, where a beautiful young mermaid named Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father, the king of the sea, escape the clutches of an evil sea witch and convince a prince that she’s the girl with the perfect voice.

A performance of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. is open to the public at Newton-Conover Middle School on Friday, March 31 at 7:00 PM and Saturday, April 1 at 7:00 PM with a special Saturday SING-A-LONG matinee at 11 AM on April 1. General admission is $10.00.

Please contact Discovery High School at 828-466-5581, Newton-Conover High School at 828-465-0920 or email David Bozza at for more information.

For more information about licensing THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. or other Disney shows, please visit

DHS/NCHS ARTS operates under the direction of the arts department educators from both Discovery High School and Newton-Conover High School under Newton-Conover City Schools. Their goal is to bring theatre, music, art, and design elements to students and the community. It is their commitment to educate students in the arts to produce quality productions for all to enjoy.

DISNEY THEATRICAL GROUP (DTG) operates under the direction of Thomas Schumacher and is among the world’s most successful commercial theatre enterprises.  Through Disney Theatrical Productions, Disney on Ice and Disney Live!, DTG brings live entertainment events to a global annual audience of more than 19 million people in more than 50 countries.  Under the Disney Theatrical Productions banner, the group produces and licenses Broadway musicals around the world, including Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida, TARZAN®, Mary Poppins, a co-production by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh and The Little Mermaid. Other successful stage musical ventures have included King David in concert, the national tour of On The Record, several touring versions of Disney’s High School Musical, Der Glöckner Von Notre Dame in Berlin, a critically-hailed Off-Broadway production of Peter and the Starcatcher at New York Theatre Workshop and, most recently, premiere stage adaptations of the films Aladdin at 5th Avenue Theatre and Newsies at Paper Mill Playhouse.

Disney Theatrical Group also delivers live shows globally through its license to Feld Entertainment, producer of Disney on Ice and Disney Live! For over 30 years, Disney on Ice and Disney Live! have brought beloved Disney stories and characters annually to over 12 million guests in nearly 50 countries worldwide through productions such as Toy Story 3, Dare to Dream, Treasure Trove, Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show and Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever! In addition, DTG licenses musical titles for local, school and community theatre productions through Music Theatre International.

Music Theatre International (MTI), is one of the world’s leading dramatic licensing agencies, granting schools as well as amateur and professional theatres from around the world the rights to perform the largest selection of great musicals from Broadway and beyond. MTI works directly with the composers, lyricists and book writers of these shows to provide official scripts, musical materials and dynamic theatrical resources to over 60,000 theatrical organizations in the US and in over 60 countries worldwide.

MTI is particularly dedicated to the idea of theatre as education and has created special collections for younger performers. The MTI Broadway Junior Collection® includes “JR.” titles, 60-minute musicals for performance by middle school children; and “KIDS” titles, 30-minute musicals for performance by elementary school children. MTI School Editions™ are musicals that have been annotated for performance by high school students, and the Theatre For Young Audiences (TYA) Collection are 70-minute musicals designed for adults to perform for children.

MTI is the theatre world’s online community where practitioners and fans from around the world share advice, photos, videos, sets, props, costumes and more, to help bring their next productions to life.

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Local Press Representative:

James Frye
Public Information Officer

About James Frye

James Frye (@mrjamesfrye) serves as Instructional Technology Facilitator and Public Information Officer for Newton-Conover City Schools. Formerly, he was an English and Journalism Teacher at Newton-Conover High School and a Blended/Virtual English Teacher. He is a NC Teaching Fellow and studied education abroad at the Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal in Germany. James holds a Post-Masters Certificate in Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction with a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in English/Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he serves as an Adjunct Professor. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law with The University of Kentucky. In addition to modeling technological and leadership innovation and leading various professional learning, Jamie also serves statewide on the NC Digital Learning Initiative Advisory Board/Home Base Design Team, the NC Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Board of Directors, the #NCed Leadership Team, and is co-founder of Edcamp WNC. He is a member of the NC Digital Leadership Coaches’ Network, and was named an international Emerging Leader by ASCD in 2015. He resides in Hickory with his wife and their baby girl.

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