Pantochino's FAST TIMES AT MERMAID HIGH Begins 4/22

Award-winning Pantochino Productions Inc. will debut it's new family musical, "Fast Times at Mermaid High" in a limited engagement beginning Friday, April 22nd at the Center for the Arts in Downtown Milford.

"Fast Times at Mermaid High" is an original musical featuring book and lyrics by Bert Bernardi and music by Justin Rugg. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid," Bernardi and Rugg have set the story in and about the halls of a high school in the early 1980's. The show features the sights, sounds, fashions and fads of the eighties, while telling the familiar tale of the mermaid who wishes for legs and life about the waves.

"Mixing classic undersea fairy tale characters with teen films and fads creates a wet, wild and wonderful world where fun takes center stage," said Bernardi. "And the original musical score, inspired by the pop, rock and new wave trends of the 80's, is both exciting and captivating."

The cast of "Fast Times at Mermaid High" includes members of Pantochino's ensemble company including Jimmy Johansmeyer, Mary Mannix, composer Rugg, Shelley Marsh Poggio, Andrea Pane, Maria Berte and George Spelvin. They are joined by Hannah Duffy, Jaden Bonfietti-Csvhinka, Jaxon Beirne, Cassie Gerace, Hannah Kupson and Meg Cardi. Sets for the original musical are created by Von Del Mar with lighting by Jeff Carr, costumes by Johansmeyer and sound by Nate Dobas. Jeff Therkelsen is production stage manager.

Pantochino Productions Inc. is celebrating it's fifth season of its 'ridiculously entertaining' 100% original musical theatre for family audiences in the greater New Haven area. The company has been awarded for its artistic achievements and recognized for its contributions to the community.

For "Fast Times at Mermaid High," Pantochino welcomes new sponsor, Dream Vacations. The company's vacation specialists, Karen and Frank Panzer offer unique talents from the worlds of the Conde Nast traveler to the hospitality industry creating the best vacation on land or sea.

"Fast Times at Mermaid High" opens April 22nd and plays Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 5:30pm and Sundays at 2pm through May 1st. Please note special 'party performances' are featured at Saturday 2pm show and features cafe seating. Audiences are encouraged to bring their own food and drink to enjoy at these performances. The intimate Center for the Arts is located at 40 Railroad Avenue (in the former eastbound train depot) in Downtown Milford.

Free parking is available in the train station lots. All seats are $18. online, or $20 if available at the door. Due to limited seating, online ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets and other information is available at

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