Disney’s #1 Princess is coming to Sault Ste. Marie for the first time! Journey “under the sea” with Ariel and friends in the splash-tacular mega-musical based on the beloved animated film – it’s an underwater spectacle packed with family fun! Disney’s The Little Mermaid is taking audiences on an aquatic adventure for four days only from Feb. 20 to 23 on the Korah Collegiate stage.
It’s been 30 years since the cherished Disney film made its cinematic debut. The enthralling story originally written by Hans Christian Andersen follows the journey of a young mermaid in search of a human life – and love. The dazzling tale is brought to life with hit songs like Part of Your World and Under The Sea, written by the Academy Award-winning Alan Menken and Howard Ashman – the talented duo responsible for Disney’s Aladdin and Beauty and The Beast, both of which Korah Musical Theatre has presented in the past.
“It’s an ambitious show,” says Denine Williams, director of The Little Mermaid and head of Korah’s music department. “There are so many elements that need to come together for a show of this magnitude. We’re lucky we have such a great team in place to make it all happen.”
Williams refers to the fact that there are well over 100 participants both on stage and off involved in the production, “Korah theatre really brings everyone together between the students and staff participating, members of the community, Korah grads who come back to help, and even parents of current and former students.”
Set designer, stage manager and parent Elizabeth Moran’s designs will bring the majesty of the sea right on to the stage.
“The set is amazing -– every day I go to rehearse and there’s something new and exciting to work with,” says Williams, “and the costumes this year are so colourful and absolutely stunning… you will love them!”
The Little Mermaid has never been done in Sault Ste. Marie, so unlike other productions, over 90 per cent of the costumes are handmade from scratch by another parent and costume designer Maarit Steinwedel, who’s incredible costume creations you may remember from the 2014 ADSB production of Cats, among several other Korah shows.
Producer and Korah alum Liisa Steinwedel, daughter of Maarit, is no stranger to Korah’s theatre. “It’s been ten years since graduating and every year except one I’ve come back to produce, and every year I’m more impressed by the quality of the shows.”
Steinwedel now works marketing for the professional theatre company Drayton Entertainment in southern Ontario. “Coming back is great because I get to use my skills to help students enjoy their theatre experience and find inspiration in the arts like I did at that school… and also sell out a show! This show will sell out in record time … it’s Disney after all, so get your tickets early to avoid disappointment at the door.”
Korah Musical Theatre is also hosting their annual pasta dinner fundraiser ‘Dinner and a Show’ on the Friday evening. “The dinner is a great family activity… where else can you eat a full meal and see a show for only $35 or just $20 for the kids? It really is a fairy tale come true,” laughs Williams.
Tickets for the show can be purchased in advance for $20 adults and $10 for students and seniors from the Korah Collegiate office between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays, or any time from the Sault Community Box Office (saultctc.ca), and prices do go up at the door. Dinner and a Show tickets are available only from Korah.