G has been humming “Under the Sea” ever since we walked out of the Strand Theatre earlier today. One of the big numbers of the Fiddlehead Theatre Company’s production of “The Little Mermaid,” “Under the Sea” was her favorite song and dance number in the show. Or, maybe it was “Kiss the Girl.” She couldn’t decide.
G and I were guests of The Fiddlehead Theatre Company for today’s performance of “The Little Mermaid.” She had been looking for to it all week—and for good reason. An exuberant show, with colorful sets and a talented cast, “The Little Mermaid” is a fun show for kids, and the audience was filled with families humming along to the music. My six-year-old critic declared the whole performance “awesome.”
The cast included Jesse Lynn Harte as Ariel, Jared Trolio as Eric, Shana Dirik as Ursula (my son and I saw her terrific performance last year in The Wiz), and Andrew Giordano as King Triton. Jay Kelley stole every scene he was in as Sebastian, and G cheered loudest for Flounder, played by Scott Caron.
As a bonus to theatregoers, the cast came out to meet audience goers after the show, which must have planted seeds in little girls and boys in attendance that someday they too can be on stage. I know the idea crossed G’s mind!
Since its inception in 1993, Fiddlehead Theatre Company has been dedicated to producing professional theater experiences for the greater Boston community. Fiddlehead’s unconventional takes on contemporary and classic Broadway musicals have earned rave reviews, and the Company is committed to producing theater that uplifts the spirit while engaging audiences in provocative social issues and energizing audiences into a renewed sense of community. “The Little Mermaid” is the Company’s last production at the Strand Theatre before it moves to the Citi Performing Arts Shubert Theatre in the spring of 2016.
“The Little Mermaid” runs through December 6. Tickets range from $25-$45 and can be purchased online or by calling 617-514-6497.
Disclosure: I received two complimentary tickets for this show. All opinions are my own.