Cast A, the younger of the two casts of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” will present its final show 2 p.m. today (Aug. 25) at the Harbor Performing Arts Center in the Brookings-Harbor Shopping Center.
Two shows remain for Cast B, which is comprised of older children. Shows will be at 7 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26.
The hour-long abridged junior version is based on the 1989 animated feature film and the 2008 Broadway production. The 35 actors and actresses were split between two casts so that Director Dori Blodgett could best use their talents.
In the play, Ariel (Cast A, Breezy Harvey and Cast B, Michaela George), the mermaid princess, longs to join the human world. Along with her best fish friend Flounder (Cecilia Lynn and Dylan Speir), she collects human artifacts and goes to the surface of the ocean to visit the seagull Scuttle (Ashanti Franks and Alia Graves), who offers wildly inaccurate information about humans.
Ignoring her father, King Triton (Ivan Mann, Dylan Cuthbertson), and his adviser, the red crab Sebastian (Denny Harvey, Josiah Wise), who warn that contact between merpeople and humans is forbidden, Ariel travels to the ocean surface to see a birthday celebration for Prince Eric (Daniel Pearson, Dylan Panter). When a storm destroys the ship, Ariel saves – and sings – to the unconscious prince, fleeing before he regains consciousness. Driven by the memory of her voice, Eric vows to track down his savior, as Ariel seeks a way to join him and his world.
“She trades her voice to the sea witch Ursula (Shawntisha Bailey, Mariah Wise) so she can be human and walk on land,” Blodgett said, “but she only has three days to make the prince fall in love with her or she becomes the sea witch’s slave and has to go back under the sea.”
The musical includes three songs from the Broadway version – the seagulls’ “Human Stuff,” Ariel’s sisters’ “She’s in Love” and Prince Eric’s “One Step Closer.” The popular songs from the animated film are also featured, including “Part of Your World” and Blodgett’s favorite, “Under the Sea.”
Admission is $10 for adults, $9 seniors and $7 youth. Tickets are available at Wright’s Custom Framing and Art Supplies in Brookings and at New Wave Video in Harbor.
For more information, call 541-469-4700 or 541-661-2473.