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Harris County Community Theatre opens this weekend

The Harris County Community Theatre opens this weekend with "Once on This Island Jr."

Merrill Cheyne, the director of theater at the Harris County Carver Middle School, started the HCCT.

"Once on This Island Jr." features 25 youngsters.

The show can be seen at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Mountain Hill Community Center Auditorium, 47 Mountain Hill Road, in Fortson. Tickets are $5.

"Once on This Island" is the Caribbean version of "The Little Mermaid." It's part of the Broadway Junior program that takes original Broadway shows and rewrites them into versions suitable for young people.

The five student assistants are Ben Redding, Kristin Hopkins, Mary Catherine Chambliss, Will Ginn and Jennifer Castleberry. Redding, 16, is directing the show. He's currently a student studying musical theater at the Walnut Hill Community Dance Academy is Boston.

Call Cheyne 706-332-0824.

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