March 23, 2006


 “Aquamarine” When I went to my friend Maddie’s 11th birthday party sleepover, we went to see the movie “Aquamarine.” It turned out to be a perfect movie for a group of friends. My friends and I agree, the movie is an A.

Maddie’s mom thought the movie was enjoyable and offered good lessons for young girls. The story, based on a Greek myth, had some jokes the children might miss but the parents probably will appreciate. She gave it a rating of B+. 

Aquamarine (Sara Paxton) is a young mermaid, who is very upset because she is being forced to marry a “merman.” But she doesn’t love him, so she runs or swims away from home. Her dad’s anger makes angry seas and huge waves. Finally, he calls her on her “shellphone.” She strikes a deal with her father.  If she can prove that she has found true love in two days she does not have to marry the “merman.”

As this young mermaid strives for love, she finds two great friends along the way, Hailey (Joanna JoJo Levesque) and Claire (Emma Roberts). Claire and Hailey are shocked when they find out that Aquamarine is a mermaid, but as her friends, they help her find love with somebody they have a crush on.

In a great twist, the boy is not the solution. The movie expresses that loves comes in many different ways and sometimes you might have love right in front of you in a special friend and you might not even notice. The special effects were tremendous. In fact, Paxton really did look like a mermaid. The mermaid tail was very realistic. I can’t imagine how long it would take to mold her tail on her body.

This movie rates five fins up. Olivia Bradley, 10


 “Thoroughly Modern Millie” I adored this musical, and recommend it to everyone.  Although it is not aimed toward younger children, my 13-year-old friend Katie and I both agreed that there has never been a better show that we have seen at the Marriott Theater.

My mom also loved this show because it had something for everyone.  Dancing, singing and great character acting all came together in this show. The script was well written and comes complete with a surprise ending that left the audience gasping.  The choreography was astounding, and the costumes were gorgeous as well.  Bottom line: Don't miss this show. 

The energetic and bubbly Tari Kelly stars as Millie Dillmount in "Thoroughly Modern Millie" which is now playing at the Marriott Theater in Lincolnshire. 

This show tells the story of a young woman who moves from Kansas to New York City in the hopes of finding a new and more exciting life.  There are many very funny scenes in this musical.  One of them is when Millie finds a job as a stenographer and sits at her new "desk" when her co-workers all start tapping their feet under their desks, which turns into a fabulous dance. Another of my favorite numbers was "The Speed Test" in which Millie must take dictation from her boss at a record pace. Allie Sakowicz, 11

"Thoroughly Modern Millie " runs until April 23 at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire. 1 and 8 p.m. Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday. $42-$45. (847) 634-0200,


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