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are such different mediums, they expanded the story in places that it needed to be expanded to work onstage.” The illusion of being under the sea is created through light, sound, actors “swimming” up on wires and the movement of the actors themselves. “When we’re doing scene work, to create the illusion that we’re underwater, we do this undulating of our bodies, this slight body roll to create the illusion that there is a constant current onstage,” says Russell, who recalls one little girl in particular who embraced the illusion. “They were bringing a little girl backstage to meet Ariel. They were bringing her on the stage and before she walked out, she said, ‘Mom, I can’t go on the stage because I don’t want to get wet.’ And she refused to go on that stage because she knew she was going to get wet. So that makes us think that we’re doing our job right, creating that underwater illusion.”

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The casting for this show is diverse and inclusive, and Russell is proud of that. “Our Ariel is an Asian-American woman. Because there’s no reason that Ariel has to be a Caucasian woman in every production,” he says. “We’re really all about being inclusive and having people onstage that everyone can relate to. Our Ariel is extremely talented, and there’s no reason she shouldn’t get the opportunity to play such an iconic part.”

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“She is so powerful onstage, really grabs the audience’s attention right from the get go and has them the entire time,” Russell says. “And she is so remarkably funny. She has all that power that you want from Ursula but is also such a top-notch comedian. You want to hate Ursula, but you can’t help but be obsessed with her because she is so powerful. She’s this iconic villain, but there’s enough humor in there that you love her too.”

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It’s better down under the sea, so dive down to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center and catch this spectacular show before a warm sea current carries it to its next destination. And take it from Russell, the family will love it. “The cast prides itself on creating a show that’s for the whole family. It’s not just a kids’ show,” he says. “There are jokes for the kids, and the kids are going to love all the things that kids have always loved about the story. But it’s also a show that adults are going to enjoy.”

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