Disney’s ‘Finding Nemo Jr.’ swims into the Kroc Center

(Featured photo is of Augusta Junior Players rehearsing Fish Are Friends. Not Food. Charmain Z. Brackett/Augusta Good News)

Augusta Junior Players rehearse for “Disney’s Finding Nemo Jr.” Charmain Z. Brackett/Augusta Good News

Christina DeCarlo didn’t have time to ease into her new position as the Augusta Players’ associate artistic director.

“I started Aug. 4. My first day was auditions for Finding Nemo Jr.,” said DeCarlo, who is directing 27 Augusta Junior Players between the ages of 8 and 14 years old in the show that will come to the stage Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 1 at the Kroc Center.

Based on the 2003 animated film, Disney’s Finding Nemo Jr. has many of the same songs as the film, and a lot of the cast came into the show already familiar with the character and the songs.

DeCarlo grew up with the movie and said it’s interesting to see the young performers’ takes on the characters.

“They bring a fresh new perspective,” she said.

 Mia Price, who is in the sixth grade at Stallings Island Middle School, plays the title role of a young lost fish whose father takes up a search to get his child back.

“It’s not much different than the movie,” said Price, who has watched Finding Nemo on Disney+. “Instead of a dentist office, they are in an aquarium. It’s the same characters. I love that character. It’s a fun role.”

Another actor having fun with her role is Azariah Seay who plays Dory, the forgetful fish who helps Nemo’s father in his quest.

“She’s interesting to act because she forgets things every second,” said Seay.        

Disney’s Finding Nemo Jr. will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29-30 and at 4 p.m. Oct. 1. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Go here for more information.

DeCarlo said it’s a fun show for all ages.

Charmain Z. Brackett, the publisher of Augusta Good News, has covered Augusta’s news for 35 years. Reach her at Sign up for the newsletter here.

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