The Little Mermaid
About the Play
Young mermaid Princess Ariel longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and live in the human world above. When she defies her father, King Triton, and visits the ocean surface, she immediately falls for a charming prince! Furious, King Triton forbids Ariel from ever going to the surface again. However, the headstrong Ariel has other plans, and bargains with the evil sea witch, trading her beautiful voice for a pair of legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel will need the help of all her colorful friends under the sea to win her prince’s love in a thrilling race against time!
The original story of The Little Mermaid is a fairy tale written by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. The tale was written in 1836 and first published by C.A. Reitzel in Copenhagen in 1837 as part of Fairy Tales Told for Children, First Collection.
The Little Mermaid was adapted into an animated film by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures in 1989. The Disney film greatly diverges from Andersen’s original story which was more of a morality play about a young mermaid who is willing to give up her life in the sea and her identity as a mermaid to gain a human soul. Nonetheless, it was hugely successful and launched a franchise that was continued with a TV series of the same name (1992-1994), a sequel: The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (2000), and a prequel: The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning (2008).
A statue of The Little Mermaid is displayed on a rock by the waterside at the Langelinie promenade in Copenhagen, Denmark. This small and unimposing statue is a Copenhagen icon and a major tourist attraction.
Our adaptation of the story loosely follows the North American or Disney version; however, we’ve given it the full Panto treatment. Which means all the zaniness that you can handle, plus a few hundred bad puns to groan at. All of your favorite characters are here, only not completely as you might remember them… and there are some additional characters that weren’t in the original tale… after all this is Panto!
|The Announcer||Stu Wightman|
|Prince Eric||Rem Murray|
|Norma Snockers||Vance Schneider|
|King Triton||Bryce Craig|
|Chef Louis||Bruce Visser|
|An Impressive Clergyman||Bruce Visser|
|The Full Chorus||Aubrey Crowley, Ava Loehr, Claire Turner, Dominique Baird, Ella Bourgeois, Emmet Moody, Grayson Walker, Isabel Moody, Izzy Loehr, John Cantelo, Kayla Roath, Lori Proznick, Lukas Woods, Olivia Jones, Olivia Marino, Peyton Woods, Sophia Dimopoulos, Sophie Proznick, Sylar Unser-Kleissen, Zinédine Perriard-Abdoh|
|Producer / Director||Vance Schneider|
|Assistant Director||Carlo Sia|
|Set, Sound & Lighting Designer||Vance Schneider|
|Head of Wardrobe||Denise Proznick|
|Head of Construction||John A. Neill|
|Dance Choreographer||Jasmin McDaniels|
|Stage Manager||Jennelle Young|
|Assistant Stage Manager||Elizabeth King|
|Costumes / Dressers||Denise Proznick, Kara Jones, Marta Oraniewicz|
|Hair / Makeup||Jasmin McDaniels, Vance Schneider|
|Wigs||Vance Schneider, Marta Oraniewicz|
|Set Construction||John Neill, Vance Schneider, Jennelle Young, Tom Fox, Rem Murray|
|Set Painting||Jennelle Young, Kara Jones, Elizabeth King, Kelsey Launier, Marta Oraniewicz, Cody Dawson, Vance Schneider, Brittany Zettergreen|
|Props Master||Vance Schneider|
|Drums and Percussion||Stu Wightman|
|Technical Director *||Brian St-Amand|
|Lighting Operator *||Liam Befurt|
|Sound Operator *||Paul Cuthbert|
|Fly Operator *||James Befurt|
|Running Crew||The Cast and Chorus|
|Poster and Graphics||Carlo Sia|
|Program||Vance Schneider, Carlo Sia|
|Raffle Organizer||Carlo Sia|
|Photography/Videography||John A. Neill|
|*Western Canada Theatre Employee|
|Original Performance Dates||December 24-31, 2017|
|Venue||Sagebrush Theatre, Kamloops, BC|
|Production Length||1 hour and 55 minutes|
|Production Style||Traditional British Panto|
|Our Sponsors||The Brick, Newgold New Afton Mine, Kamloops Office Systems, Kamloops Coast Hotel & Conference Centre, Domino’s Pizza. We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia|
|Special Thanks To||Kamloops Live Box Office, B-100, CFJC Midday, Gerry Wallin, John A Neill Photography, Brittany Zettergreen’s Students|
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Congratulations to our 2017 “Raffle Under The Sea”Prize Winners
Adult Prize Winners:
1st Prize – Lina McCoy
2nd Prize – Amy Crowley
3rd Prize – Payton Hiebert
Child Prize Winners:
1st Prize – Nicholas Schmidt
2nd Prize – Michelle Hill
3rd Prize – Jennifer Ruemper
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