Travel to Ariel’s magical kingdom where mermaids play in the waves, King Triton rules over all, and the sea witch Ursula lurks, waiting for her time to strike with Disney’s The Little Mermaid. byD o n n a L e a h ey
You, or maybe your children or grandkids, grew up on the story of Ariel and her beautiful, haunting love story. She longed for her human prince and sought him out, leaving behind her friends and family to be part of his world. You’ve sung the songs and dreamed of swimming like a mermaid and hoped that Prince Eric would just go ahead and kiss the girl. Now you can live that story again. Disney’s The Little Mermaid is coming to take the Tulsa Performing Arts Center under the sea. You’ll travel to Ariel’s magical kingdom where mermaids play in the waves, King Triton rules over all, and the sea witch Ursula lurks, waiting for her time to strike. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the iconic Disney animated movie, this traveling production is a lavish feast of color and light and music.
“After the Broadway production, they brought the creative team together and restructured the script to be ready to tour. They expanded the storyline of Flounder so he was older and there’s a little bit of a different narrative with a possible love interest. He has a crush on Ariel, but it’s unrequited. She thinks he’s cute and they’re best friends.” The production tells the love story of Ariel and her human prince. The music, both new and classic, is by eight-time Academy Award Winner Alan Menken and includes classic songs like “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” and “Part of Your World” as well as new and amazing songs created for the touring production. They’ve made some changes to the story as well. “They delved deeper into the narrative about the relationship between Ariel and King Triton, that father-daughter relationship and how that affects Ariel’s choices,” says Russell. “We go into the storyline of what happened to Ariel’s mother. Since film and stage
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Jessica Grove as Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid Pittsburgh CLO Photo Billy Bustamante
“It’s stunning,” says Connor Russell, who plays the part of Ariel’s best friend, Flounder. “The lighting in the show and the costumes are exquisite. I’m pretty excited to be involved in it.
Published on Jul 24, 2017
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