PHOTO CALL: First Pics of Adrienne Eller, Bruce Landry and Kecia Lewis in North Shore Music Theatre's The Little Mermaid

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09 Jul 2014

The North Shore Music Theatre production of Disney's The Little Mermaid began previews at the Massachusetts venue July 8 prior to an official opening July 10 at 7:30 PM.

Directed by Michael Heitzman, performances continue through July 27.



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Adrienne Eller
Photo by Paul Lyden



“I am delighted that Disney has allowed North Shore Music Theatre to be one of the first professional theaters in the country to produce The Little Mermaid. This is the New England premiere,” said NSMT owner and producer Bill Hanney in an earlier statement. “The artists at North Shore Music Theatre have been working for months to bring this spectacular show to life on stage and to make it the magical 'must-see' show of the summer.”

The cast is led by Adrienne Eller (Ariel), Kecia Lewis (Ursula), Bruce Landry (Prince Eric), Mark Campbell (Triton), J. Cameron Barnett (Sebastian), Freddie Kimmel (Scuttle), Benjamin Howes (Grimsby) Paul Louis Lessard (Jetsam), Jeremy Pasha (Flotsam) and Shawn Platzker (Flounder).



The ensemble includes Sissy Bell (Aquata), Daniel J. Edwards, Rachel Fairbanks (Arista), Grace Hardin (Andrina), Carlynn Laurie (Adella), Michael McCrary, Stephanie Moskal (Atina), David Scott Purdy (Chef Louis), Emma Ritchie (Allana), Sam Seferian, Scott Shedenhelm and Lucas Thompson.

Based on the Academy Award-winning 1989 Disney film and the Hans Christian Andersen story, The Little Mermaid has a book by Doug Wright and a score that has Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s music from the original Disney film, including “Part of Your World,” “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” “Kiss The Girl” and the Oscar-winning “Under The Sea.” There are also several brand-new songs written for the stage by Menken and Glenn Slater.

"Journey under-the-sea to a magical underwater kingdom, with the beautiful young mermaid Ariel who longs to leave her ocean home behind and live in the world above," according to the North Shore. "But first, she'll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she's the girl whose enchanting voice he’s been seeking."

The creative team includes AC Ciulla (choreographer), Bruce Barnes (music direction), Howard C. Jones (scenic design), Kurt Alger (costume and wig design), Kirk Bookman (lighting design), Charles Coes (sound design), Paul Rubin, The Fly Guy (flying choreographer), ZFX, Inc. (flying effects) John Godbout (production stage manager), Phill Madore (assistant stage manager), Luke Flood (assistant music director and Binder Casting (casting).

Disney’s The Little Mermaid is produced for North Shore Music Theatre by Bill Hanney, Tony Parise and Beth Vasta.

For tickets call (978) 232-7200, visit nsmt.org, or visit the box office in person at 62 Dunham Rd., Beverly, MA.