The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid
Music: Alan Menken. Lyrics: Howard Ashman & Glenn Slater. Book: Doug Wright. Spotlight Theatre, Benowa, Gold Coast. Directors: William Pulley and Rodrigo Medina Noel. 08 February – 02 March, 2019

Staging a Disney production is a daunting prospect at the best of times, but as their first directorship, directors William Pulley and Rodrigo Medina Noel, together with Choreographer Erin Brummage, have re-created the magic of Disney’s The Little Mermaid with great success. William also directed the music 

With a cast of over 30 ,for some it was their first experience on stage. As Ariel, Tymyka Wines was well cast in her first major musical and was complemented by the dashing Clay Carlaw as Prince Eric. Both these artists were at ease with their characterisations and lead a strong line up which included Nicola Barrett as Ursula, Alan Chang as Sebastian and Chris Drummond as Scuttle.

With colourful costumes and a minimised, well planned scenic plot, the show had pace and was fully supported by Leonnie Jones’ effective lighting plot.

This is a great introduction to live theatre for “the young and the young at heart”.

Roger McKenzie

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