June 18, 2018
CONTACT: Manda Costoulas
Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre
MARIETTA - Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. is playing at the Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre starting on Friday, June 22 at 8PM for one weekend only through Sunday, June 24. The 60-minute musical, designed for middle-school aged performers, is based on the 2008 Broadway production and the 1989 animated feature film. The rising 8th through 12th grade cast is led by director Meagan Williams.
“On the first day of rehearsal I asked the students, ‘what is this show about?’ It actually provoked lots of thought,” Williams says. “After a great discussion, we ended up realizing that this story is about a girl who doesn’t belong in her own world and tries desperately to get to where she belongs. This theme of belonging is one that our teenagers can so identify with. Who among us has ever felt out of place, isolated or alone in their own world? That is why this ‘tail’ is timeless and so beloved by audiences of all ages.”
This classic Disney title contains all of the songs from the Academy Award® winning animated feature film as well as three new songs from the Broadway show. THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. takes place in a magical kingdom beneath the sea, where a beautiful young mermaid named Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father, the king of the sea, escape the clutches of an evil sea witch and convince a prince that she’s the girl with the perfect voice.
A performance of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. is open to the public at The Strand on Friday June 22 at 8:00pm, Saturday June 23 at 8:00pm, and Sunday June 24 at 3:00pm. Admission is $10.
For more information about licensing THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. or other Disney shows, please visit www.DisneyMusicals.com.
ABOUT THE STRAND: The historic Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre is a multi-use performing arts and events facility. The theatre is governed by the Friends of The Strand, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and depends on the financial support of private and corporate donors. It is The Strand’s mission to serve the community with cultural entertainment for a diverse audience and to promote economic health in the City of Marietta and Cobb County. For more information and tickets, visit www.earlsmithstrand.org or the box office at 770-293-0080 or 117 North Park Square, Marietta, 30060. Box office hours are from 11AM-6PM, Monday through Friday, and 9AM-12PM on Saturdays. The box office opens two hours before showtime.
DISNEY THEATRICAL GROUP (DTG) operates under the direction of Thomas Schumacher and is among the world’s most successful commercial theatre enterprises. Through Disney Theatrical Productions, Disney on Ice and Disney Live!, DTG brings live entertainment events to a global annual audience of more than 19 million people in more than 50 countries. Under the Disney Theatrical Productions banner, the group produces and licenses Broadway musicals around the world, including Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida, TARZAN®, Mary Poppins, a co-production by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh and The Little Mermaid. Other successful stage musical ventures have included King David in concert, the national tour of On The Record, several touring versions of Disney’s High School Musical, Der Glöckner Von Notre Dame in Berlin, a critically-hailed Off-Broadway production of Peter and the Starcatcher at New York Theatre Workshop and, most recently, premiere stage adaptations of the films Aladdin at 5th Avenue Theatre and Newsies at Paper Mill Playhouse.
Disney Theatrical Group also delivers live shows globally through its license to Feld Entertainment, producer of Disney on Ice and Disney Live! For over 30 years, Disney on Ice and Disney Live! have brought beloved Disney stories and characters annually to over 12 million guests in nearly 50 countries worldwide through productions such as Toy Story 3, Dare to Dream, Treasure Trove, Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show and Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever! In addition, DTG licenses musical titles for local, school and community theatre productions through Music Theatre International.
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