Kyle Pitts stepped up.


So did Mary Steenburgen.


Ted Danson came over from a Good Place and pitched in.


So did Chick-fil-A along with the Thea and Wildcat foundations. Those and many others all made financial contributions to support the North Little Rock High School’s production of Little Mermaid this weekend.


First show is this Friday, March 2, at 7 p.m.


A Saturday matinee follows at 1 p.m. along with special guests Ariel, Ursula, Sebastian, Scuttle, and Flounder for photos at 11:30 a.m. The Chick-fil-A cow will also be on hand to encourage people to moo-ve along in addition to handing out cookies.


Saturday night will have a show at 7 p.m. and the production wraps up 3 p.m. for a Sunday matinee.


Tickets can be purchased at the box office at the school’s new performing arts center. Or at Chick-fil-A on McCain Boulevard. Tickets are $8 for adults or $6 for students and seniors.


For more information or to buy tickets, call 771-8127, or e-mail theatrearts@nlrsd.org.


The show features 150 students in the cast and crew and it will be quite the production, said Christen Pitts, a drama teacher at the high school.


“In-air special effects,” Pitts said.


In-air special effects?


“It is an amazing opportunity for the students to get to how to fly” Pitts said. On wires at least.


Pitts explained that the school has contracted with ZFX Flying Service to provide wire service and training to the students that will allow them to soar above the stage.


But flying is just the first part. The second part is the costumes.


“We first decided on the show,” Pitts said, “then approached the Rep to see if they would allow us to rent their costumes because they don’t normally rent to High Schools.”


The Rep said yes.


That’s when Pitts and other teachers started beating the bushes to raise the money needed to stage the production and the money came in.


“It means that they [the donors] all understand the importance of the arts in Education and how the arts can change lives,” Pitts said. “We are blessed to have a relationship with all of them and are so grateful for all the people who contributed both time and money no matter how big or small.”


Pitts added, “We just hope that everyone gets to see this incredible production because the kids have worked hard and it is amazing. We have one of the biggest Theatre Arts Department in the state offering more Theatre Arts classes that anyone in Arkansas, we know the show will be great!! You don’t want to miss it!”