The Little Mermaid makes a splash at Music Circus

Jessica Grové as Ariel in the Music Circus production of “The Little Mermaid” at the Wells Fargo Pavilion July 10-22. Photo by Charr Crail.As a little girl, I remember singing “A Part of Your World” at the top of my lungs, which I now recognize makes my parents nothing less than saints. From the looks of the audience in attendance of Music Circus’ production of The Little Mermaid, little girls and their families (and grown-up children like me) are still head over heals for Ariel and her pals under the sea.

Based on the popular animated Disney film, this staging of The Little Mermaid follows the story of a young mermaid who dreams of living life on the sand. Featuring popular songs like “Under the Sea” and “Kiss the Girl,” and (of course) “Part of Your World,” this film-to-stage adaptation also includes new songs that are sure to become favorites.

Remarkably, the show does a wonderful job of making the set appear to take place almost entirely under the sea.

Vicki Lewis as Ursula and Scott Leiendecker as Flotsam in the Music Circus production of “The Little Mermaid” at the Wells Fargo Pavilion July 10-22. Photo by Charr Crail.Short of building a giant aquarium (à la Dive Bar), the creative team utilized set and costume design, lighting, props, and even the actors’ movements to give the musical a fluid, underwater feel. And the choreography in the “Under the Sea” number was nothing short of amazing.

Performances were on par for the entire cast, but the audience favorites appeared to be Sebastian (Kevin Smith Kirkwood) and Ursula (Vicki Lewis, who got equal hisses and cheers at her curtain call).

The Little Mermaid is bright and fun—just the escape you’re looking for on a hot summer night.

Jessica Grové and Eric Kunze as Ariel and Prince Eric in the Music Circus production of “The Little Mermaid” at the Wells Fargo Pavilion July 10-22. Photo by Charr Crail.The Little Mermaid only runs until July 22, so buy your tickets soon! Tickets start at $30 for all performances, with specially-priced children’s tickets available in any seating section. Performances are presented at the Wells Fargo Pavilion on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday at 7:30pm, Thursday though Saturday at 8pm, with matinees on Thursday and Saturday at 2pm.

The 62nd Music Circus Season continues with The Music Man (July 31- August 5), Fiddler on the Roof (August 14-19), and Crazy for You (August 28- September 2).

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Written by Sacramento365.com Guest Writer Allison Baker

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