Banff Academy Student to Take Center Stage in New Huntly Theater Show

Banff Academy pupil Paul Chalmers is set to take the stage next month as Prince Eric in the Scottish premiere of Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

Performing with Huntly-based theater group Aurora Productions in their first musical since December 2019, S6 pupil Paul will be joined by a cast of talented local artists from across Aberdeenshire and Moray.

The show will run from May 31 to June 4 at Stewarts Hall, Huntly.

The cast has been rehearsing for over a month. But musical director Hugh Johnstone explains that the preparation for this show has been going on for much longer.

Some of the cast of The Little Mermaid (left to right) are: June Cranna (Ursula), Kirsten Rennie (Ariel), Paul Chalmers (Prince Eric) and Lauren MacAskill (Ursula).

He said: “We’re so excited to be back on stage – we’ve missed performing so much. We’ve spent the past two years preparing for what will hopefully be our biggest and best show yet.

“The set is under construction, the costumes have been designed, the special effects are being planned and the cast is already amazing. This will be a show not to be missed.”

The musical is inspired by the 1989 Disney film of the same name and will feature songs that audiences young and old will know and love, such as Under the Sea, Part of Your World and Kiss The Girl.

Audiences will also recognize the cast of characters from the animated classic. Alongside Paul as Prince Eric, Banff Academy alumna Lauren MacAskill shares the role of Wicked Sea Witch Ursula with Huntly’s June Cranna. The lead role of Ariel will be shared by Louise Morrison and Kirsten Rennie, a teacher at Forgue Elementary School.

Other cast members include Lewis Moggach as Sebastian, Neil Bell-Forsyth as King Triton, Lily Chaplain as Flounder, Mallory Black as Scuttle the seagull, Elizabeth Ingram and Alicia Riddell as Flotsam and Jetsam, and Sarah McWilliam as Chef Louis.

Hugh added: “This show is going to be fun for the whole family. There really is something for everyone – we can’t wait to entertain audiences again.

To buy tickets, visit, call Helen on 01466 780889 or from Digital Croft on Huntly’s Gordon Street.

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