The musical theater program at Blue Ridge Middle School has a reputation for excellence, thanks to the dedication of theater veteran Dolly Stevens. Last year was a banner year for Stevens and her drama students. Blue Ridge Middle School was the first public middle school in the eastern United States to take on a full production of CATS. Not only did the show sell out all four performances in advance, it was honored with four National Youth Arts awards.
The grand success of CATS only inspired Stevens to raise the bar for the next show. She decided to follow her dream of writing and composing a full-length musical. Stevens decided to expand on a small production that she and Tom Sweitzer co-wrote in 1995 titled “The Little Mermaid.” The show was an adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson fairy-tale. Stevens approached her CATS musical director, Jennifer Warren Baker, about arranging and scoring the show. Baker agreed, and the creative journey began. … Continue Reading