Music and artistic exploration by Sandstone Middle School students crescendos with a trio of upcoming performances.

Students and staff will present “The Little Mermaid Jr.” Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Sandstone Middle School commons, 400 N.E. 10th St., Hermiston. Tickets are $3 or $2 with a canned food item. Concessions during intermission will be served by Sandstone leadership students. For those unable to attend the performance, it will be live-streamed on the district’s website

Under the direction of Dan Allen and Lisa McElroy, nearly 100 are participating in the musical. The performance features an orchestra pit crew of about 25, directed by Allen and 25 dancers with Kelsey Tew in charge of choreography.

In addition, 34 costume designers from Chelsea Geer’s exploration class planned and created each costume. Students helped sew sequins and feathers, and for many it was their first time sewing something.

Also, under the guidance of Ray Davis, a new set technology using reverse projection and a stationary set design, which was designed and will be implemented by 32 art students.

The production incorporates reading, drama, music, art and outreach objectives. Students are excited to showcase their talents and invite members of the community to attend one of the performances.

The musical is made possible by funds from the Hermiston Education Foundation. Allen, McElroy, Geer and Davis wrote a grant request in the fall and were awarded about $3,000 to assist in putting on the theater production.

For more information, contact Maria Duron at 541-667-6036, or visit

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