North Shore Music Theatre Presents New England Professional Premiere of THE LITTLE MERMAID, Now thru 7/27

North Shore Music Theatre Presents New England Professional Premiere of THE LITTLE MERMAID, Now thru 7/27

Bill Hanney's award winning North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) is set to take family audiences on an underwater musical adventure with the New England Premiere of Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID. This highly anticipated theatrical event has already been extended for an extra week with performances starting tonight July 8, and now playing through Sunday, July 27. Press night is scheduled for Thursday, July 10 at 7:30 pm.

"I am delighted that Disney has allowed North Shore Music Theatre to be one of the first professional theaters in the country to produce The Little Mermaid. This is the New England premiere," said NSMT owner and producer Bill Hanney. "The artists at North Shore Music Theatre have been working for months to bring this spectacular show to life on stage and to make it the magical "must-see" show of the summer."

Journey under-the-sea to a magical underwater kingdom, with the beautiful young mermaid Ariel who longs to leave her ocean home behind and live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she's the girl whose enchanting voice he's been seeking. Based on the Academy Award-winning 1989 Disney film and one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories, Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages.

Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID has a book by Doug Wright and a score that has Alan Menken and Howard Ashman's music from the original Disney film including "Part of Your World," "Poor Unfortunate Souls," "Kiss The Girl," and the Oscar winning "Under The Sea." There are also several brand new songs written for the stage by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater.

North Shore Music Theatre's production of Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID will star Adrienne Eller (Ariel), Kecia Lewis-Evans (Ursula), Bruce Landry (Prince Eric), Mark Campbell (Triton), J. Cameron Barnett (Sebastian), Freddie Kimmel (Scuttle), Benjamin Howes (Grimsby)

Paul Louis Lessard (Jetsam), Jeremy Pasha (Flotsam), and Shawn Platzker (Flounder).

The ensemble of Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID includes Sissy Bell (Aquata), Daniel J. Edwards, Rachel Fairbanks (Arista), Grace Hardin (Andrina), Carlynn Laurie (Adella), Michael McCrary, Stephanie Moskal (Atina), David Scott Purdy (Chef Louis), Emma Ritchie (Allana), Sam Seferian, Scott Shedenhelm, and Lucas Thompson.

The creative team for Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID is made up of Michael Heitzman (Director), AC Ciulla (Choreographer), Bruce Barnes (Music Director), Howard C. Jones (Scenic Designer), Paula Peasley-Ninestein (Costume Coordinator), Kirk Bookman (Lighting Designer), Charles Coes (Sound Designer), Kurt Alger (Wig Designer), John Godbout (Production Stage Manager), Phill Madore (Assistant Stage Manager), Luke Flood (Assistant Music Director), and Binder Casting (Casting). Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID is produced for North Shore Music Theatre by Bill Hanney (Owner/Producer), Tony Parise (Interim Artistic Director), and Beth Vasta (Associate Producer).

Tickets for the Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID are priced from $50 - $75. Performances are July 8 - 20, Tue - Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri & Sat at 8 pm, matinees Wed, Sat and Sun at 2 pm. Added performances are July 24 at 2pm and 7:30pm, July 26 at 2pm and July 27 at 2pm. Kids 18 and under save 50% on 'Family Fridays'- July 11 & 18 at 8 pm. For tickets and information call (978) 232-7200, visit www.nsmt.org, or visit the box office in person at 62 Dunham Rd., Beverly, MA. Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID is sponsored by Beverly Hospital, a member of Lahey Health.

Additional Free Audience Enrichment events: Meet the Theatre: post-show audience discussion with the artists on July 15 after the 7:30 pm performance and July 19after the 2 pm performance; OUT at the North Shore, an evening for the Gay and Lesbian Community with a post-show reception (sponsored in part by Ryan & Wood Inc.) on June 17 after the 7:30 pm performance.

The 2014 musical season continues with Grease (August12 -24), Chicago (September 23 - October 5), LES MISERABLES, (October 28 - November 9), and concludes with the return of New England's brightest holiday tradition A Christmas Carol (December 5 - 21), starring David Coffee as Ebenezer Scrooge.

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