‘The Little Mermaid’ takes the stage at CVLT

What: “The Little Mermaid”

Where: Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, 40 River St., Chagrin Falls

When: Through Dec. 16

(photos courtesy Chagrin Valley Little Theater)

Why you should go: Director Michael Rogan and a cast of over 40 actors (and one dog), have brought Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” to life. For those not familiar with the movie, some notes from a news release:

Based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale, THE LITTLE MERMAID is the story of princess Ariel (played by Sarah Gordon), who finds her life beneath the waves with King Triton (Eric Oswald) unfulfilling. With the aid of her friends Flounder (Ben Mulvaney) and Sebastian the crab (John Kolar), she embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. She strikes a deal with the sea-witch Ursula (Kat Kellie) and trades her voice for legs, striking out for the human world and the arms of Prince Eric (Aidan Bryson).

The musical features familiar songs from the hit Disney animated film, including “Under The Sea,” “Kiss The Girl” and “Part of Your World,” as well as new songs written by Oscar-winning Disney composer Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin”, “Pocahontas”). The lyrics are by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater with a book by Doug Wright. CVLT’s production is accompanied by a seven-piece band under David W. Coxe’s direction, with choreography by Sarah Gordon, and a raft of special props, projections, and costumes helping to bring Edmond Wolff’s scenery to life.

Mr. Rogan has directed several of CVLT’s holiday-season musicals, including last year’s run of Beauty and the Beast, which shattered box office records at the 243-seat venue in historic Chagrin Falls. Now in the midst of the Theatre’s 89th Season, LITTLE MERMAID brings many of the same actors back together, as well as many new faces, for a heartwarming, toe-tapping, colorful experience that the whole family will love.

How much: Tickets are $21, with $4 off for students and seniors, and available at CVLT.org, 440-247-8955 or the box office at 40 River St.

How to get more information: Visit cvlt.org or call 440-247-8955.

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