PCPA’s Production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid

  • Book by Doug Wright
  • Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and Disney film
  • Music by Alan Menken
  • Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater

Disney's The Little Mermaid

PCPA Theaterfest

In adapting the animated original of Disney's The Little Mermaid for the stage, director Melissa Rain Anderson tosses in magic and motion.

To elevate the fairytale magic of the story, Anderson brought in the team of circus artists, Ben Franklin and Joshua Dean, who trained the cast in trapeze and other circus arts for this production; they also lend their acrobatic talents to it as performers. The trapeze and circus aspects add a feeling of weightlessness along a vertical plane as kelp, anchor lines, and floating jellyfish take flight. In the musical number, "Kiss the Girl," the circus elements create an aerial spectacle as birds soar down from the sky to the sea.

Anna Jensen

Director Melissa Rain Anderson delivers everything we expect from a PCPA holiday production – spectacle, fun and heart.

Brent Parker
Santa Ynez Valley News

PCPA goes all out in its production of “The Little Mermaid,” and the spectacle is awe-inspiring....Something that makes the show stand out from other PCPA productions is that this one has collaborated with New York City’s 2 Ring Circus to bring breathtaking aerial feats to life on stage. This helps make the action to look as if you’re under the sea, swimming with all the sea creatures, or on a ship watching sailors climb the tall mast.

Daniel Lahr

  • Choreography by Adam Cates
  • Circus Choreography by 2 Ring Circus
  • Scenic Design by Jason Bolen
  • Costume Coordinator: Sara Curran Ice
  • Lighting Design by Jennifer 'Z' Zornow

Cast: Sierra Anastasi, Kitty Balay, Becca Bender, Kyle Burrow, Sophia Caressa, Etasha Caston, Luc Clopton, Trevor Cruse, Joshua Dean, Katie Emerson, Ben Franklin, Daniel Geiger, Jesse Graham, Peter S. Hadres, Ish Petersen, Jana Price, Yusef Seevers, Erik Stein, Cameron Vargas, Katie Fuchs-Wackowski, George Walker, Jude Walker