In 1837 Hans Christian Anderson wrote his most beloved tale The Little Mermaid. 170 years later she is still swimming her way into the hearts of young and old.
On October 14, 2007, the Literally Alive children's series presents its musical adaptation of this classic tale with books and lyrics by Brenda Bell and music by Mark McGee. The company's
adaptation is true to the original story by Andersen, unlike the Disney version, which has a different ending.
Everyone will enjoy the shows rousing show tunes including "The Mermaids Ball" not to mention the beautiful sets and costumes. The talented cast is headed up by the mermaid sisters, Coral (the little mermaid), Shelly and Pearl, a comic-singing trio featured in numbers like "Deep Sea Blues" and "Longing to See Anything but Sea", done ala Andrews Sister style. No telling of "The Little Mermaid" would be complete without the evil Fish-witch; the "Diva of the Deep." In her own mini-cabaret act, she reveals the truth about herself to the audience as she brings the house down belting out "Misunderstood." Todd Eric Hawkins plays the loving father, King Neptune. Parents will easily identify with the trials he endures while raising his six mermaid princesses. He tries to offer valuable advice in "Pearls of Wisdom" and reflects on the laughter and tears of parenthood in "Loving and Letting go."
Prior to each performance, families may participate in an arts workshop. Here the audience discovers how different art forms bring literature to life. They learn some of the movement and music from the show and create a sea creature that glows in the dark when placed on the stage. Coupled with the show, this two-hour experience adds up to an afternoon treasure for the entire family.