A 95-strong cast are preparing to stage a magical and enchanting treat for all of the family.
JT Productions is heading to a magical world under the sea for the island premiere of Little Mermaid Jr that takes to the stage of the Gaiety Theatre from Wednesday next week.
Everyone knows of the classic Hans Christian Anderson story about a little mermaid who longs to explore what life is like on land.
The Little Mermaid Jr is a shorter version of the Broadway adaption based on the Disney film and is perfect for a young audience and indeed for all ages!
Production manager Jude Fullerton said: ‘Featuring a total cast of 95, with ages ranging from eight all the way up to those who just turned 18, the production promises to deliver quality family theatre performed by young performers.
‘It delivers on this promise thanks to the terrific direction, choreography, musical direction and wonderful creative team.’
Laura Corkhill and Dandi Dancox alternate portraying well the innocence and mischievousness of Ariel, the mermaid who longs to live on land.
While Isaac Murtagh as her forbidden love interest Prince Eric is a natural, acting as the Prince who falls in love with the woman with the beautiful voice who saves his life after the storm.
Connor Duggua as King Triton portrays that commanding parental voice of concern that will be recognised by all parents.
Christian Cooper plays Sebastian, Ariel’s crabby sidekick, leading a lively rendition of ‘Under the Sea’.
Vic Wylde is effortlessly evil, sultry and charismatic as Ursula and her vocal number, ‘Poor Unfortunate Souls’, together with Flotsam (Molly Bowman) and Jetsam (Alex Walker) and her tentacles is a wickedly visual treat.
Jude explained the Mersisters are lovely colourful characters singing ‘Daughters of Triton’ and a song not featured in the film ‘She’s in Love’ sung together with Flounder (Freddie Dancox, Millie Christian and Georgia Marsh).
Another song not featured in the film, ‘Human Stuff’, is performed by Claudia Lewthwaite and Finn McGregor as Scuttle, the seagull who teaches Ariel about human stuff, like a dinglehopper (a fork).
Finally, the fabulous ensemble are excellent in delivering the production showpiece numbers Fathom’s Below, Under the Sea, Kiss the Girl and Les Poissons.
The costumes, hair and make-up of the under sea characters and the land based ones in a royal castle, beautifully encapsulates their fairytale nature. All the sets and costumes have been made specially for the show.
She described the show as ‘a visual treat for all with musical numbers that will have you humming all week long’.
The Little Mermaid Jr is JT Productions’ fourth children’s production.
It sees James Turpin as producer, director David Dawson, musical director Claire Creer and choreographer Gary Chatel.
Jude said that they started doing children’s productions to give youngsters a chance to play roles and experience the whole theatre experience.
‘This gives them the opportunity to develop some great life skills you can’t learn elsewhere - confidence in performing, interacting with different children, discipline backstage and having fun.’
She described casting the show as being a ‘phenomenal experience’, adding: ‘The amount of talented children on the Isle of Man was immense and 200 children participated in the auditions, with 95 chosen.’
Performances take place at the Gaiety Theatre twice daily from Wednesday, November 4, to Saturday, November 7. Shows start at 2.30pm and 7pm.
For tickets, call the Villa/Gaiety box office on 600555, go to the Welcome Centre at the Sea Terminal or visit www.villagaiety.com