The Junior Company of the Summer Theatre of New Canaan will present a free performance of "The Little Mermaid Jr." at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 26, at Waveny Park.

Middle school students from across lower Fairfield County make up the Junior Company, which rehearsed and worked with the professional actors, creative and technical staff to present the fully produced Disney Classic production as a special event.

"This a very talented group of young actors, and we expect this to be a great learning and performance experience for our Junior Company members and for families with young children who can attend this fun show for free," said Artistic Director Melody Libonati.

"The Little Mermaid Jr." features Alexandra Allen, Claire Brunner, Caroline Castle, Emma Grau, Lindsey Kanter, Vanessa Kante, Caroline Kelly, Leila Pearson, Johnny Renda and Joseph Turner, all of New Canaan.

In addition to Libonati, the creative team includes director/choreographer Katie Oxman, of New Canaan, set designer Kevin Hanna, stage manager Racheal Powers, music director Mike Griggs and costume designer Orli Nativ.

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The Summer Theatre of New Canaan's productions for young audiences take place on weekend mornings and early afternoons through Aug. 11. In addition to "The Little Mermaid Jr.," the STONC is presenting "Pinkalicious The Musical" and "The Cat in the Hat."

For information, visit or call 201-966-4634.