The Branson Regional Arts Council is excited to open the curtain on it’s 2022 Season of musical theatre this week in downtown Branson.
Disney’s The Little Mermaid opens Thursday evening at the Historic Owen Theatre with 17 public performances through February 27, 2022. Advance reserve tickets are recommended and can be purchased securely online at BransonArts.org/tix or by calling the box office at 417-336-4255.
In addition to the stage musical, a special art exhibition entitled “Under The Sea” will be on display in the Rock Room Gallery of the Historic Owen Theatre featuring original works by local area artisans Meike Aton, Barbara Buso, Jennifer Buttell, Jessica Lowe, Terena Terry, Suzanne Torguson and Wanita Williams. All displayed pieces will be on sale in support of these talented artists.
Directed by Jacob Deck, this family favorite musical transforms the Historic Owen Theatre into a magical kingdom beneath the sea, where the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above.
Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.”
Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.
The Branson cast 0f Disney’s The Little Mermaid are:
- Ariel – Hayden Gish / Cat McWhirter
- Prince Eric – Chaunery Kingsford Tanguay
- Ursula – Jen Frost / Mesa Knife Chief
- Sebastian – Shawntez D’Nadre Bell
- King Triton – Traven Harrington
- Flounder – A.J Turner / Charlee Mitchell
- Flotsam – Carlos Morales
- Jetsam – Michael Frost
- Scuttle – Leah Jane Johnson
- Chef Louis – Jerrod Cate
- Grimsby – Jennifer Kersey
- Aquata – Julie Brinkman
- Adella – Laurel Kemper
- Allana – Charis Boulden
- Andrina – Sarah Williams
- Atina – Velvet Dougharty
- Arista – Somer Dean
Adult Ensemble cast members are:
Joey Blackwood, Alex Harris, Kayleigh Dominish, Pace Gillman, Sophie Douglas, Abby Wheeler, Joseph Schumacher, Megan Rodgers, Ashley Rodgers, Savannah Turner, Hallie Groff and Bekkah Williams.
Kid Ensemble cast members are:
Emma Chandler, Liam Hill, Lundyn Mitchell, Jemma Braica, Luke Johnson and Jael Frost.
The Production team includes:
Karie Dykeman, Kim Hale (Producers), Jacob Deck (Director, Choreographer and Set Design), Michelle Baker (Music Director), Emma Johnson (Stage Manager), Leah Johnson (Assistant Choreographer), Mac Hill (Technical Director and Sound Technician), Pamela Meadows (Lighting Director), Jim Barber (Marketing and Design), Lisa Murphy (Media Coordinator), Marshall Meadows (Photography), Josh Silvy (Theatre Operations) and Lorie Best (Volunteer Coordinator).
The Branson Regional Arts Council was founded in 1965 as the “Taney Arts Council,” and officially established 501 (c)(3) non-profit status as “Branson Arts Council, Inc.” in 1993.
Our mission is “to provide artistic, cultural and educational opportunities that support, strengthen and enhance artistic experiences for people of all ages in our area.”
Financial support is provided by BRAC members, theatre patrons, private donors, as well as additional grant support from the Missouri Arts Council and other organizations.
BRAC, PO Box 2004, Branson, MO 65615