SULLIVAN — A fantasy life in a world outside of your own often runs through the mind of youth, until that dream comes true.

The story comes to life in the Little Theatre-on the Square’s latest production, “The Little Mermaid.”

The musical will be on stage June 19 through 30 as Little Theatre’s second mainstage show of the season.

The Little Theatre cast will stick closely with the Walt Disney animated story line many know. “But there are jokes for adults as well,” said Danielle Bowen, who portrays Ariel.

The characters follow the story of Ariel, a mermaid girl bored with her life under the sea. She longs to rid her fin for feet, and she is willing to give up whatever she can.

“She doesn’t feel like she belongs in the world she was born into,” Bowen said. “She wants to explore and gets that opportunity.”

Heather Beck will bring to life the evil Ursula, the villain who provides the young mermaid’s chance to walk among the humans and be with the prince she loves.

“I think I deserve more than I’ve gotten,” Beck said about her character Ursula. “I’ve been cheated and this should all be mine.”

The musical is written and performed for families. Writers John Musker and Ron Clements based their story on the fairytale by Hans Christian Anderson. Music for the musical was written by Alan Menken with lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater. Popular songs include “Part of Your World,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Under the Sea.”

Since the 1989 Disney movie, other songs have been introduced to new audiences, such as “I Want the Good Times Back” and “Human Stuff.”

Another addition is the backstory regarding Ariel’s mother and why Ursula is so mean.

Both characters have similar lives but follow different paths. Ariel and Ursula have several sisters. However, the young mermaid wants to leave the traditions of home. And the villain would prefer to stand out by taking what she wants.

“You learn a bit more in the musical,” Beck said.

Little Theatre producers and directors are known for their elaborate productions similar to any other profession theater company. “Little Mermaid” is no different.

“Every single person in the show is a different sea creature,” Bowen said. “It will have bright pops of color.”

“They put on wonderful productions,” Beck said. “You are going to be transported to the sea.”

Contact Donnette Beckett at (217) 421-6983. Follow her on Twitter: @donnettebHR


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