The Educational Theatre Collaborative to Bring the Magic of The Little Mermaid to Life

Celebrating its 25th year of staging innovative, entertaining theatrical productions, the Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC) at Plymouth State University (PSU) will present The Little Mermaid, the beloved Broadway musical from Disney, January 23 to 27 at the Silver Center for the Arts in Plymouth.

The Little Mermaid is a timeless story that I have loved since I was a child,” said Trish Lindberg, Artistic Director, Educational Theatre Collaborative. “I am excited to work with so many wonderful cast and creative team members to recreate the magic of this beautiful story for New Hampshire audiences.”

Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved story, The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. Set in a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above water, and to trade her mermaid tail for human legs. This fishy fable will capture the heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” and “Part of Your World.”

Following ETC’s tradition, more than 100 community members of all ages from across the region will participate in the production as cast and crew. The company will memorize lines, musical numbers, build sets, create costumes and prepare for opening night in just under three weeks.

The Little Mermaid production brings many familiar faces back to the Silver Center stage, including Amy Weston of Meredith as Ariel; Fran Page of Plymouth as Ursula; Joe Casey of Plymouth as Grimsby; Anthony Coppola, Campton Elementary School K-8 Music Director, as Scuttle; Timothy Johnson of Meredith as Flotsam; and Melissa Furbish of Plymouth as Acquata, one of Ariel’s sisters. Sebastian the Crab will be played by Dave Heard, PSU graduate student. Newcomers to ETC include Andrew Kelley as Prince Eric; Jon Roth as King Titan; Forest Hamel as Flounder; and Jagger Reep as Jetsam.

The Educational Theatre Collaborative, a joint venture between Plymouth State University and Plymouth Elementary School, has been recognized for bringing people together in a caring and nurturing environment to create the magic of musical theatre for all ages. The Collaborative received the Moss Hart Award from the New England Theatre Conference, honoring its musical theatre education for the local community.

The Little Mermaid performances will take place January 23 to 26 at 7 p.m. and January 26 and 27 at 1 p.m.

For information about The Little Mermaid, and to purchase tickets, contact the Silver Center for the Arts box office at (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869 or visit www.plymouth.edu/silver-center/tickets/.