One of Disney’s most beloved animated films is splashing onto the stage at The J in CenterStage’s adaptation of The Little Mermaid.
Fans of the animated Disney classic – and those of musical theater in general– are surely in for a great show as CenterStage has been known to knock their musicals out of the park. From guaranteed toe-tapping musical numbers to gorgeous costumes, beautiful sets and outstanding acting, everything those who enjoy live theater could want, they will find in this show.
This production is based on one of Hans Christian Anderson’s most beloved stories about a mermaid longing to live life out of water, as a human, so she can win the heart of a prince with whom she has fallen in love with. To achieve her goal, Ariel makes a pact with an evil sea witch, agreeing to trade her tail for legs for a few days during which she must win the heart of the prince or pay the consequences.
The film’s memorable songs with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman and Glen Slater – including “Kiss the Girl”, “Under the Sea”, “Part of Your World” and “Poor Unfortunate Souls” – are there, as are some of the film’s favorite scenes. Slight changes have been made to put a unique CenterStage spin on the production, but these provide for great surprises for those familiar with the movie.
Unlike the rather one-dimensionality Disney princes tend to have in films, Landon Sholar brings Eric to life wonderfully. Sholar, who played Burrs in CenterStage last production of Wild Party, brings his own spin to the character in an undeniable stage presence.
All the salty flavor one would expect of the music-conducting crab tasked with keeping an eye on Ariel is brought to life by Frank Goodloe’s portrayal of Sebastian. Goodloe was recently named performance and visual arts director at The J, so one can expect big things from his shining moments in the show’s biggest production numbers “Under the Sea” and “Kiss the Girl”.
Want to go?
The Little Mermaid can be seen April 12 through April 29 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee show on Sundays at 2 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime. Tickets range from $20 to $22 depending on the day of the performance Purchase tickets at jewishlouisville.org/the-j/centerstage or call (502) 238-2709.
For an added element of fun for the kids attending the show, party with Ariel on Sundays before the matinee performance. The Under the Sea Party with Ariel and Friends includes a light, kid-friendly lunch, backstage tour and photo opp and an ocean themed activity.