July 02, 2013
Why Starlight is Excited and Proud to Produce Disney’s Little Mermaid
Disney’s The Little Mermaid will soon grace the Starlight stage, July 23-28. Here are a few reasons why this show is so important to Starlight Theatre and Kansas City.
||by Denton Yockey, President and Executive Producer
Disney’s The Little Mermaid will soon grace the Starlight stage, July 23-28. Here are a few reasons why this show is so important to Starlight Theatre and Kansas City and why I hope you are excited as I am about this production:
It’s a great family show. Based on Hans Christian Anderson’s famous and timeless tale, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a wonderful love story that features classic songs: “Part of Your World,” “Kiss the Girl,” and the Academy Award-winning “Under the Sea.” The captivating story is a mix of drama and comedy - all set a magical oceanic kingdom.
Twenty-four years after the original film was released. Disney’s The Little Mermaid continues to capture the hearts of children and parents alike also because it is different than other Disney princess stories. Ariel is a more independent than other princesses and learns to take control of her own life to get what she wants - a happy ending.
As a live performance, the stage version of Disney’s The Little Mermaid promises to be even more memorable than the film with elaborate sets and costumes, unforgettable choreography that includes fly scenes, additional songs and a cast and accomplished cast.
As usual with Starlight’s family production, Starlight will host a huge pre-show family “Under the Sea Festival” with activities and entertainment every night before the show from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Come early!
Starlight’s production is one of the few productions of Disney’s The Little Mermaid in the U.S. this year. For 2013, Disney has only granted a handful of theaters licensing rights to produce The Little Mermaid.
The musical version of Disney’s The Little Mermaid opened on Broadway in January 2008 and closed in August 2009 after 685 performances. At the time, Beauty and the Beast was also playing on Broadway and Disney thought that having two Disney icons on Broadway at the same time would divide audiences and cause competition between the two shows. Disney chose instead to give a handful of theatres the rights to produce The Little Mermaid. Lucky for Kansas City.
Starlight’s production has nationally and internationally recognized talent. Starlight has hired some of the top national and international directors and designers for this production including, Glenn Casale who previously directed Disney’s The Little Mermaid in Europe; John MacInnis, who recently choreographed the European productions of Disney’s The Little Mermaid; and “The Fly Guy,” Paul Rubin.
The cast includes acclaimed Broadway performers: Jessica Grové (Ariel), Nick Adams (Prince Eric), Liz McCartney (Ursula), Alan Mingo, Jr. (Sebastian) and Edward Watts (King Triton).
Mermaids. There is a fascination about these magical and enchanting half humans, half sea creatures who are always great looking. In May, the most-watched telecast in Animal Planet’s history was a documentary about the possibility of mermaids. Maybe there’s a part of us that just wants to believe.
Disney's The Little Mermaid will take the Starlight Theatre stage from July 23-28. Click here for more information and tickets.