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Magical Starlight Theatre Presents “The Little Mermaid”

Magical Starlight Theatre will present the musical, “The Little Mermaid” Jan. 12-14 and Jan. 19-21, 2018 at Naperville Central High School auditorium.

The 73-member cast, one of the largest of any Magical Starlight Theatre production, tells the familiar Disney story with eye-catching visuals, a rich vocal and orchestral sound and a passion to engage with the audience.

“’The Little Mermaid’ is such a family story,” said Kris Visher, director.   “Parents and young people everywhere can relate to Ariel’s journey of leaving home.”

Isabella Newhuis, a senior at Benet Academy who has the lead role as Ariel, agrees. “Every parent should resonate with King Triton; it’s hard to let go of your child.  I know that the ending scene where Ariel says goodbye to her father will hit me hard as I think about leaving for college next year.”

The Magical Starlight Theatre cast and crew are enjoying the technical and visual challenges of presenting Disney’s under-the-sea musical. “We go from surface to land to underwater in just seconds,” explained Visher. “There’s actually very little set.  The characters take the audience to the different settings, for example, creating a living sea.”

Tickets for this family-friendly musical may be purchased at, at any Naperville Park District community relations desk, or by calling 630-848-5000. A sign language interpreter will be present at the Sat., Jan. 13, 5:30 p.m. show and at the Sunday, Jan. 22, 1:30 p.m. performance.  For a complete list of performance times, visit

Magical Starlight Theatre invites all interested elementary school students to enter an essay contest to win four complimentary tickets to the opening night performance. Students in grades 1-8 may enter by submitting an essay, with a different question and guidelines for each age group. Essays are due by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, January 1, 2018.

Magical Starlight Theatre is a program of the Naperville Park District and is supported by hundreds of volunteers and by sponsors Rose Pest Solutions, Home Advisor, Naperville Bank and Trust, and Edward Jones.



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Funds raised through the Naperville Parks Foundation support the Naperville Park District’s Fee Assistance Program. The Naperville Parks Foundation supports the recreation needs and desires of the residents of Naperville – encouraging health and wellness, fitness, family time, and fun. The Foundation supports the mission of making recreation of all kinds accessible to everyone across the community, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.

On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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