The Little Tuscarawas County Theater returns with “The Little Mermaid”

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The Tuscarawas County Little Theater will open under the sea with “The Little Mermaid” when it presents its first production since the theater was closed by state rules regarding the global COVID-19 pandemic.

To add to the uniqueness of rekindling the lights, the production will be in the new auditorium of the lycée in Dover, instead of the theater, in order to offer more seats to the public.

“Little Mermaid” is the tale of the famous fairy tale by Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen, about the youngest mermaid princess who saves a human prince on her birthday, falls in love with him, longs for his love and a human soul, and barely made her fishtail legs with the sea witch, sacrificing her beautiful voice as payment. The show made its Broadway debut in 2008. It closed after 685 performances.

Director Lisa Sommers said, “If you liked the animated version of Disney, you will like the stage version. The stories are very similar and the musical numbers are the ones you will recognize.

The large cast includes: Jake Armstrong, King Triton; Chester Boffo, Sébastien; Allie Bonvechio, Atina; Joe Compton, Chief Louis; Kaitlyn Dunlap, Pilot (ens); Dylan Dunn, Skuttle; Belle Fockler, Flet; Brooklyn Fockler, Andrina; Laney Gottshall, to the wind; Elle Hall, downwind; Sara Hohman, Alana; Don Irven, Grimsby; Shavonne McMillan, Flotsam; Brody Morris, Jetsam; Cindy Parsons, Arista; Angelina Seemann, Ursule; Brooke Sommers, Adella; Cory Spinell, Prince Éric; Kate Sweitzer, Ariel; and Ellie Zumbac, Aquata.

The ensemble members are: Wendy Bambeck, Jennah Beavers, Jade Boffo, Carson Dunlap, Emilyn Feller, Karly Gautier, Kim Hammerstrom, Will Hammerstrom, Jordi Kopp, Roxie Long, Allegra McMillan, Maggie Prucha, Sheila Samson-Witt and Palmer Witt.

The Sommers assistants for the production are: Pat Potter, assistant director; Micah Carrick, Music Director; Sarah Spies, Costumes; Aaron Fockler, set director; Lisa Fisher, stage manager; Mary Maxwell, production assistant; Joe Compton, lighting designer; Tennille Williams, accessories; Lisa Fockler, Associate Director; Mike Hohman, behind the scenes; Matt Spies, technical director at Dover HS; Elena Carrick, technical assistant; Paul Dunlap, set and backstage; Debi Devore, hair and makeup; Sherrel Rieger, hairdressing and makeup assistant; Jenn Flaherty, accessories; and Mahrin Chismar, character makeup.

Three hundred tickets will be available for each of the five performances, Thursday through Sunday, July 8-11. There will be two performances on Saturday. The number of tickets is limited to provide comfortable space in the 1,200-seat room. Masks will not be mandatory, but are encouraged for those who are not vaccinated or for anyone who chooses to wear one.

Performances will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and at 2 p.m. for Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Ticket prices are $ 15 for adults and $ 10 for students, and are available online at www.TheLittleTheatreOnline.org, at the Performing Arts Center box office or at the door.

“The cast and production staff have spent countless hours on the show,” Sommers said. “They are a powerhouse of strength, determination and passion. They created Disney magic on stage.


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