Theater

A world of fantasy and depth in 'The Little Mermaid' coming to Woodstock Opera House

TownSquare Players production opens March 2

Ariel (Deanna Golema) and Prince Eric (Ethan Sherman) in "Disney's The Little Mermaid," a TownSquare Players' production opening March 2 at the Woodstock Opera House.
Ariel (Deanna Golema) and Prince Eric (Ethan Sherman) in "Disney's The Little Mermaid," a TownSquare Players' production opening March 2 at the Woodstock Opera House.

It’s “The Little Mermaid” children love, but with a bit more depth for adults, say those involved with TownSquare Players’ latest musical opening March 2 at the Woodstock Opera House.

Based both on the original Hans Christian Anderson story and the 1989 Disney film, “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” features a “remarkable” cast of 23 “triple threats” – singers, dancers and actors, Director Billy Seger said.

Among the cast is Deanna Golema as Ariel, Ethan Sherman as Prince Eric, Christy Sturm as Ursula and Travis Greuel as King Triton. The production runs Fridays through Sundays, March 2 through March 18 at the Opera House, 121 W. Van Buren St., Woodstock. Tickets start at $15 at 815-338-5300 at www.woodstockoperahouse.com.

“The show is very colorful and vibrant and has all those characters you recognize from the animated film, but because it’s a full two-act structure, they’re able to delve more into the characters and their relationships,” Seger said.

This is TownSquare Players’ first production of “The Little Mermaid,” as the long-standing community theater company has strived for the last several years to draw larger family crowds with productions that appeal to all generations.

“It’s not just a kid’s show,” Seger said of the upcoming musical. “There’s a lot about parenthood and allowing your kids to grow and find themselves and find their own paths and way in life.”

Seger’s vision is more of a “fantasy version,” said Janaan Rose, co-producer of the production. “[Seger’s] leaning more away from the cartoonish types you might see in other productions.”

Seger credits not only the ensemble, but the technical and scenic crews with creating an under-the-sea world described as whimsical, vibrant and bright – a “candy-colored kingdom under ground.” The setting changes for those scenes on land to more of a “sun-soaked” world.

“When [the Little Mermaid] finally gets her legs, it’s like her growing up and coming to terms with humanity,” Seger said. “She sees the world as it really is… The technical crew has been working hard to bring these elements to life.”

“DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID”

WHEN: March 2-18

WHERE: Woodstock Opera House, 121 W. Van Buren St., Woodstock

COST & INFO: Musical presented by TownSquare Players. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. Schedule: 8 p.m. March 2, 9-10, 16-17; 2 p.m. March 3-4, 10-11, 17-18. Tickets: $25 A Seating, $20 B Seating, $15 C Seating. Tickets and information: 815-338-5300 or www.woodstockoperahouse.com.

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