La Crosse, WI – 10/02/2015 – Only in theatre can you go under the sea, to the beach, and to a castle without ever leaving your seat. La Crosse Community Theatre will present its fall musical, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Friday, October 23, and running through Sunday, November 8, 2015. Performances will be Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m., in the Lyche Theatre of the Weber Center for the Performing Arts.
“Beyond the great performances, families will enjoy the fantastic costumes, lovely sets, and exciting props that all go into creating musical theatre,” said Greg Parmeter, the show’s director and LCT’s artistic director. “This really is a big, beautiful ensemble piece.”
“This production captures the movie we all loved,” said LCT Executive Director David R. Kilpatrick, “yet the story is timeless, exploring what it means to grow up, become independent, accept the changes of life, and yet never leave home — all because of love.”
Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney films, The Little Mermaid tells the story of Ariel, a young mermaid, who falls in love with a human prince against her father’s wishes. She strikes a deal with Ursula, the evil sea witch, for a pair of legs. But the bargain is not what it seems and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends to save her father, restore order to the ocean, and find the love she’s been searching for. Music is by Alan Menken, with lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and book by Doug Wright.
The cast includes Audra Fuchsel* (Ariel), Seth Von Steidl (Prince Eric), Elizabeth Arihood (Ursula), John Divney (Sebastian), Olivia Belland (Flounder), Kevin A. Laumbach (King Triton), Kelsey Taunt (Scuttle), Katya Carter (Flotsam), Robert J. Jones (Jetsam), Dennis Dorman (Grimsby), MacKinley Bruemmer (Chef Louis/Ensemble), Martha Boehm* (Mersister/Ensemble), Laikyn Boettcher (Mersister/Ensemble), Cassie Dickow* (Mersister/Ensemble), Maria Johnson (Mersister/Ensemble), Megan Klock* (Mersister/Ensemble), Grace Riness* (Mersister/Ensemble), Dale Stafslien (Pilot), Andrew Helman (Sailor/Ensemble), Dustin Luecke (Sailor/Ensemble), Dylan Thoren (Sailor/Ensemble), Matt Wudi (Sailor/Ensemble), Liberty Sprain* (Windward), Owen Scott (Leeward), Joshua Kaiser (Cabin Boy/Ensemble), Allison Langer (Ensemble), and Sam Schneider* (Cabin Boy/Ensemble). These cast members (*) are making their main stage debut.
The production team also will include music direction by Yvonne Freese, choreography by Jen Wilkinson, set design by Dillon McArdle, lighting design by David R. Kilpatrick, costume design by Mandy Parmeter, props design by Bonnie Jo Bratina, direction assistance by Nick Brandt and stage management by Emily Vieth.
Tickets are $29, with matinee, student and military discounts available, online at www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org. Seat reservations are available now for patron donors and season ticket holders. Tickets go on sale to the public on Monday, October 5.
For questions, please call the box office at 608-784-9292 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.