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The TJC Dance Academy will present its production “The Little Mermaid”

Admission will range from $15-$40 depending on seating and tickets can be purchased at

TYLER, Texas — The Tyler Junior College Academy of Dance will present Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale, “The Little Mermaid,” for people of all ages this weekend.

Show times include 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday in the Wise Auditorium of the Rogers Palmer Performing Arts Center on TJC’s main campus.

Admission will range from $15-$40 depending on seating and tickets can be purchased at A paid luncheon with the cast will take place Saturday noon with tickets at $25 per person.

“I’m so excited to bring this classic tale to life through dance!” said Shurrell Wiebe, Artistic Director. “Our dancers will be ‘swimming’ through the air in our new Rogers Palmer Center for the Performing Arts, so you won’t want to miss this spectacular presentation. This show is ideal for the whole family, so don’t hesitate to bring young children and grandparents!

Evelyn Robinson, alumnus of the TJC Academy of Dance, will be the guest performer. The Tyler native dances professionally in Atlanta Ballet’s main company, which is a rarity for a 19-year-old, according to TJC.

Her dance training began at TJC at age 7, and she began attending the University of North Carolina School of the Arts on a full scholarship at age 15.

The production will be performed by majors from the TJC Pre-Pro Program and the Dance Department.

The cast includes: Jonathan Apoderado-Llave, Katie Beard, Camila Bravo, Jenna Broyles, Cailyn Bryce-Cotes, Molly Cannon, Jessica Carmona, Jameson Clark, Mackenzie Copfer, Karsyn Cunningham, Qwynnen Davis, Caleigh Duquette, Samuel Fink, Cheyenne Fink, Sarah Fisher, Chris Fisher, Stella Franks, Bella Garcia, Lisa Genovese, Jules Gregory, Skyla Horace, Hannah Hughes, Felicia Jarrett, Kileigh Johnson, Annabel Langford, Audrey Lassanke, Caroline Lesinewski, Kaylee Lesinewski, Mary Meadows Marshall, Nalani Mata, Ann Marie Mayfield, Zoe Grace Mazarre, Emma Morris, Maddison Nehls, Christalyn O’Keefe, Mariana Olivares-Ortiz, Zion Perez, Allie Phillips, Ainsley Pierce, Lyla Roycroft, Audrey Scarborough, Emma Scott, Leah Soto, Charlotte Steubing, Joslyn Swinney, Carmen Taylor, Rose Tucker, Ava Wamboldt, Adarius Washington, Brynn Wilder, Taylor Williams, Dirk Zwiebel and Clara Zwiebel

The production team includes: Thereza Bryce-Cotes, Carolyn Hanna, Elexis Wiebe and Shurrell Wiebe, choreographers; Bryce McWilliams, Director of Theater Facilities; Ethan Beam, assistant director of theater facilities; Angela Aguilera, stage manager; Jerry Woods, lighting designer; Caden Crawford, sound technician; Holly McWilliams, set designer; Malika Stepasiuk, costume designer; Hope Scarborough, assistant costume designer; Kileigh Johnson and Julie Swinney, costume assistants; Allison Jarvis, Wardrobe and Storage Coordinator; Cody Craig, Edmund Davies, Mallory Davis, Ian Martin, Liah Severino, Ty Waller and Robbie Wilt, stagehands; Elexis Wiebe, music/video editing; and Layla Sullivan, makeup artist.

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