September 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                   
Contact: Craig Shafer
805-928-7731, 4100
News Release

PCPA Presents
Disney’s The Little Mermaid
a spectacular adventure under the sea

Imaginative theatrical magic will delight audiences young and old when PCPA’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid comes to the Marian Theatre, November 7 through December 22.

Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved story and the Disney animated film, The Little Mermaid tells a tale of longing, love and sacrifices, as princess Ariel risks everything to join her prince on land. Meet the majestic King Triton and the malevolent sea witch Ursula, as a host of Ariel’s undersea friends and enemies battle to rule the future in an adventure that will capture your heart. This magical musical includes such irresistible hits as: “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” and “Part of Your World,” along with 10 new songs.

Director Melissa Rain Anderson and New York City’s 2 Ring Circus collaborate to bring breathtaking aerial feats to this spectacular holiday production. Anderson calls the play a hero’s journey. Ariel gives up her family, her home, and even her own bodily form for the chance to become what she knows she truly is. It’s finding your true essence and living your life as your most realized self. “Ariel proves to be an exceptionally brave creature. Our hero has friends who help her along the way and we see true friendship tested throughout,” Anderson said. The director described some of the unique features of this production. “We have created a very special show using circus elements to create the world for this incredible journey. We have characters in the air to create a more vertical space for the underwater scenes. There are sailors on ropes, swans and flamingos on hoops in the air, mermaids on silks and several other surprises! We use dancers as water and waves and extensions of Ursula’s tentacles. We are creating a fluid dance piece with motion on the ground as well as in the air; set to the lush familiar score we all love from the movie. It is a magical, moving journey for all ages!”

In addition to Anderson and 2 Ring Circus, the creative team includes: Guest Artists -  Choreographer Adam Cates, Sound Designer Elisabeth Weidner, co-Music Director Brad Carroll and, Resident Artists – Music Director Michael Wilkins, Scenic Designer Jason Bolen, Costume Coordinator Sara Curran Ice, Lighting Designer Jennifer ‘Z’ Zornow, and Stage Manager Laura Danek.

The large cast of 22 features Guest Artists Katie Emerson* as Ariel, and 2 Ring Circus artists Joshua Dean* as Sailor/Ensemble, Ben Franklin* as Chef Louis/Ensemble and Resident Artsits Erik Stein* as King Triton, Yusef Seevers as Sebastian, George Walker as Scuttle, Kitty Balay* as Ursula, Peter S. Hadres* as Grimsby and Katie Fuchs-Wackowski as Mersister/Ensemble.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid opened on Broadway in 2008 in the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, replacing Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and was nominated for two Tony Awards that year including Best Original Score. The cast recording received a Grammy nomination for Best Musical Show Album and was also recognized by the Outer Critics Circle and Drama League. In addition to its many successful regional productions, Disney’s The Little Mermaid has been produced internationally including The Netherlands, Philippines, Russia, Japan, Denmark, Brazil, and Belgium.

As an added benefit to having 2 Ring Circus in residence, all the 2nd-year Conservatory Acting Students will be taking Circus Skills class with 2 Ring Circus performer Joshua Dean.

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Just the Facts
What  Disney's The Little Mermaid
When November 7 - December 22, 2019

Marian Theatre, Santa Maria
GPS - 879 S. Bradley Rd.

Tickets $38.00 - $50.00
With discounts for Senior, Student, Child, Military,
and preview performances Nov. 7 & 8.
Pricing based on day, time, and may increase upon demand.
Box Office  (805) 922-8313

*Member, Actors' Equity Association

For 56 years, PCPA, a professional conservatory theatre, has infused the national theatre scene with thousands of trained actors and theatrical technicians.

PCPA - Pacific Conservatory Theatre
800 S. College Dr., Santa Maria, CA 93454 -
GPS 870 S. Bradley Rd.
(805) 928-7731
Box Office: (805) 922-8313
For GPS users – 870 S. Bradley, Santa Maria, CA 93454