Millbrook’s Little Mermaid: Payton Deegan as Ariel

Millbrook’s Little Mermaid: Payton Deegan as Ariel

Payton Deegan has a passion for music, theater, and musical theater. She’s been in love with the stage since she was little and performing for a very

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Payton Deegan has a passion for music, theater, and musical theater. She’s been in love with the stage since she was little and performing for a very long time. She also had an obsession with mermaids when she was little. “When I was five when I went through a phase where I was obsessed with mermaids and I just wanted to be a mermaid. Finding out the I was Ariel was pretty crazy I was like, ahhh I get to be a mermaid.” Payton is Ariel in this year’s school musical, Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

“I remember going through a phase in life where I watched the movie and I didn’t think Ariel was that cool. But listening to and watching scenes from the musical I’ve been able to reconnect with her again. She’s a fun character she’s a little oblivious at times, but she always has good intentions. I really like her as a character,” said Payton. Payton feels like she and Ariel have a lot in common. For example, they’re both a little awkward and have trouble with social cues. Payton said, “She’s pretty much obsessed with this human stuff, and I go through the same thing. I go through these phases where I really like something a lot. She’s also very emotionally driven and I’m kinda the same way.”

Payton is enjoying being Ariel and can’t wait to share her performance with others. Her favorite song is the “If Only (Quartet).” Payton describes it as “a scene where Ariel, Triton, Sebastian, and Eric are all singing about the same thing. It’s so beautiful, I love it.” She loves the “Positoovity” part and thinks it’s the most fun. “She begins to figure out her legs and I get to stumble everywhere and I’m hanging out with Scuttle (Grant Myers) and the other seagulls. Personally, it’s one of my favorite parts.”

This is not Payton’s first time starting in a musical, nor is it her first time as a Disney Princess. She was Belle in a local production of Beauty and the Beast. Payton hopes she can make a distinguishment between this performance and her last. “I speak in a higher place and I don’t use my 30s voice, it’s very different. The singing is very different too, it’s not as lyric-y and more controlled,” said Payton. Payton will also be Rapunzel in an upcoming production of Into the Woods in Purcellville.

Come see Payton shine in the Millbrook auditorium on November 10 or 11 at 7:00 pm or on November 12 at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $10.

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