Why the seaweed is always greener in somebody else’s lake…

by Handy Mag
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Following the unsettling, witty tale of Sweeney Todd, York Light Opera Company bring the much lighter, heartfelt classic Disney’s The Little Mermaid to York Theatre Royal for a very technically spectacular show to end their 70th-year celebrations. Director Martyn Knight and Musical Director Paul Laidlaw have revelled in the beautifully quintessential iconic music and colourful staging of this beloved Disney underwater adventure tale, brought to life by a talented cast of local performers, showcasing the company’s commitment to producing high-quality musical theatre for the community.

Based on the classic 1989 Disney animated film, The Little Mermaid tells the enchanting story of Ariel, a mermaid who dreams of trading her tail for legs and exploring the human world. With the help of her mischievous sidekick, Flounder, and the cunning Ursula, Ariel strikes a bargain that will change her life forever.

But all is not what it seems…

The York Light Opera Company production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid will feature stunning projection, dazzling costumes, and unforgettable musical numbers, including Under the Sea, Part of Your World, Poor Unfortunate Souls and Kiss the Girl. With additional toe-tapping choreography by Rachael Whitehead, this production promises to be an enchanting experience for audiences of all ages.

“We are incredibly excited to bring Disney’s The Little Mermaid to the York stage,” said Martyn Knight, Director. “This is a timeless story that has captivated audiences for generations, perfect for all the family, and we can’t wait to delight you all, this half term.”

Meet Monica Frost, thrilled to grace the stage as Ariel – a dream role for someone who grew up enchanted by Disney films.
“Playing the lead of Ariel, a cherished princess, holds a special place in my heart, making this role particularly magical. Rehearsing the iconic songs has been an absolute joy and the ensemble numbers, where we unite on stage, are personal favourites. The whole cast is eager for you to be enchanted by the magical show we’ve produced. I’m particularly excited about the challenge of creating mesmerising underwater visuals for our audience.”

New to York Light this year, Ryan Addyman will be bringing Ariel’s best friend Flounder to life:
“Working on Disney’s The Little Mermaid has been amazing! Any worries I had about joining a new company were instantly dispelled by the lovely, warm and welcoming environment that York Light creates. Working with this wonderful cast has led to some extremely entertaining and memorable moments in rehearsals for sure! I can’t wait to perform at York Theatre Royal; from watching many shows there over the years to being able to play a character that I absolutely adore on that same stage is a very special feeling, and what a treat to do it with such an incredible group of people.”

Join us for two weeks in February for lots of singing, dancing, and plenty of adventure as we bring this timeless Disney classic to life on the main stage where all tickets are £20 or less — everyone can experience live theatre!

The show runs at York Theatre Royal from Wednesday 07 – Saturday 17 February 2024

Book your tickets now at yorktheatreroyal.co.uk or call box office 01904 623568.

An amateur production by arrangement with Music Theatre International. Character photo credit: Matthew Kitchen Photography.

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