*IMG_7300Brittney Burns – Staff Writer

The dynamic and talented Overlook Theatre Company will present “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” a sparkling Broadway musical stage show, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on July 15, 16, 22, and 23.  The curtain will rise at 7:30 pm for each of the four performances and the audience will be transported under the sea for the musical based on one of Hans Christian Anderson’s most beloved stories.

The Overlook Theatre Company began rehearsals for the play in mid-May and with 70 cast members and 21 crew, the ocean has been brought to life on the Smoky Mountain Center stage.

“It is always fun to see how the plans made over a year ago suddenly appear on stage, granted, it is with a lot of hard work with the cast and crew,” said Scotty Corbin, Overlook Theatre Company  director.

“The Little Mermaid” is the familiar tale of Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, being*IMG_7344 fascinated with the human world which is very different from the merfolk kingdom she lives in on the ocean floor.  King Triton berates Ariel for visiting the surface because contact between the merfolk and those of the human world is forbidden. This does not stop Ariel and she and her friend, Flounder the fish, return to the surface to find Prince Eric.

In addition to bringing one of Disney’s classic animated films to the stage, audience members will recognize many of the same tunes from the film.

“Much of the music is taken from the animated feature, but the composer, Alan Menkin, wrote more music to fill out the stage show,” said Corbin. “There are the familiar songs such as, “Under the Sea” and “Part of Your World” and also a few new ones that are just as spectacular.”

*IMG_7407To help portray the underwater musical, members of the cast have been working to get the hang of performing on “heelys,” shoes combined with skates.

“The skates allow the performers to ‘glide’ at times just like a fish would under the water,” said Corbin. “This has been very challenging, there are times that performers have to dance and walk and swim all while riding the wheeled shoes. There is a strong learning curve, but everyone is doing great.”

From the size of the cast and crew, to the larger than life performances, The Overlook*IMG_7317 Theatre Company’s the Little Mermaid is the largest production to date.

“This show is by far one of the largest we have created on the stage at SMCPA,” said Corbin. “Every set piece and costume seems to get bigger and bigger.  Everyone, young and old will have a great time going on an adventure under the sea for two wonderful hours.”

To purchase tickets to any of the four presentations of Disney’s The Little Mermaid by Overlook Theatre Company at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, or to find out more information about this or any other show at the theatre, visit www.GreatMountainMusic.com or call (866) 273-4615.