Flat Rock Playhouse to Present Disney’s The Little Mermaid

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Disney’s magical musical will be brought to life at the Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown June 29th through July 23rd.

Flat Rock, NC (June 29, 2017) – Journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, adapted from Disney’s stunning Broadway production and the Academy Award winning motion picture. Flat Rock Playhouse continues its Studio 52 Family Series with Disney’s The Little Mermaid, running June 29th through July 23rd at the Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown on Main Street in Hendersonville.

An enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is sure to be a delight for the whole family! Watch as Ariel, with the help of her favorite sea creatures, and Prince Eric fall in love despite her watchful father and the evil Ursula. Disney’s The Little Mermaid features all of the characters and songs you love like “Kiss the Girl,” “Part of Your World,” “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” and “Under the Sea.”

Whimsical” – USA Today

Irresistible” – Courier-Journal

“…a treat for the eyes and ears.” – Los Angeles Times

Emily Fallon stars as everyone’s favorite mermaid, Ariel, with Caleb Albert as her Prince Eric and E. J. Parker as her crustacean comrade, Sebastian. All three are part of this summer’s 2017 Apprentice Company. Flat Rock favorite, Linda Edwards, is the octo-villain, Ursula with apprentices Miche’ Smith, Blair Ely and Tuan Malinowski as her evil eels.  King Triton will be played by Rob Wood, most recently seen as Grandpa Joe in Willy Wonka.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid also features Kristina Baker, Colin Barton, Aurora Briggs, Xavier Cacanindin, Harper Callahan, Noelle Crist, Hannah Daniels, Frank Davis, Neel Patrick Edwards, Janea Gerber, Gracie L’Tae Hall, Kyra Hewitt, Sara Killian, Aniela Lane, Ella Leatherwood, Calintha McClintic, Ezekiel Mercado, Merryn Owen, Eden Pace, Claire Packer, Haley Parent, Lianas Pronyk and Patty Siebert.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid will be directed by Dave Hart with Lucy Pharr serving as his Assistant Director. The show will be choreographed by Matthew Glover with Wendy Jones as the Music Director. Adam Goodrum will serve as Production Manager. Samantha Yaeger, Meghan Dougherty, Jayne Hargrove, Kurt Conway will serve as Scenic, Lighting, Costume, and Sound Design respectively. Maranda DeBusk will serve as Production Designer with Sydney De Briel as Wig and Makeup Designer. Jody Cohen serves as Professional Stage Manager with Riley Hewitt as Assistant Stage Manager and Chase Abercrombie and Mae Freeman as Stage Assistant. Paul Feraldi will be designing the properties.

In partnership with Team ECCO Ocean Center and Aquarium, Disney’s The Little Mermaid  is presented by the Downtown Series Sponsor, Rug and Home, with BMW of Asheville as Opening Night Sponsor. The Executive Producers of Disney’s The Little Mermaid are Park Ridge Health, Kimberly-Clark and Jill Hart RE/MAX Four Seasons.  Hunter Automotive Group is the official Transportation Sponsor of Flat Rock Playhouse.

TICKETS AND SCHEDULE

Disney’s The Little Mermaid will run June 29th through July 23rd at Flat Rock Playhouse’s Downtown. Performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:00PM, matinees Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00PM. Tickets are $12.50 – $25 and can be purchased by calling the Playhouse box office at 828-696-0731, toll-free at 866-737-8008 or online at www.flatrockplayhouse.org.

Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown is located at 125 N Main St, Hendersonville, NC 28792.

FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE

In 1937, a group of struggling performers, led by Robroy Farquhar, organized themselves as the Vagabond Players. The Vagabonds worked in a variety of places over the course of three years, and in 1940 found themselves in the Blue Ridge region of Western North Carolina. The local and tourist community welcomed them with open arms when they presented their first summer season of plays in a 150-year-old grist mill they converted into The Old Mill Playhouse at Highland Lake. So successful was that summer, they returned in 1941. After WWII, the Vagabond Players reorganized, came back to the region and opened a playhouse in nearby Lake Summit. The Lake Summit Playhouse thrived during the post war years and soon the Vagabond Players were looking for a larger and permanent home. In 1952, the troupe of performers, and a newly formed board of directors, made an offer to buy an 8-acre lot in the Village of Flat Rock. This new home made the Vagabonds “locals” and a rented big top gave birth to Flat Rock Playhouse. As the beautiful Western Carolina region continued to grow, so did the Playhouse and in 1961, by Act of the North Carolina General Assembly, Flat Rock Playhouse was officially designated The State Theatre of North Carolina. What began as a few weeks of summer performances in 1940 is now a nine-month season of plays including Broadway musicals, comedy, drama, and theatre for young audiences. The Playhouse’s dual mission of producing the performing arts and providing education in the performing arts includes a professional series; a summer and fall college apprentice and intern program; and Studio 52, year-round classes and workshops in theatre and film for students from kindergarten through adults. Flat Rock Playhouse now hosts over 98,000 patrons annually and is a significant contributor to the local economy and the Arts in North Carolina.

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