Disney’s The Little Mermaid presented by TCT: Review

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Ariel swimmingFriday night my family visited The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati to see a performance of Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

We loved it.  The kids were mesmerized the entire time.  From the moment Ariel’s sisters took the stage practicing their singing to the very end with Prince Eric and Ariel finally declared their love, they hung on every word. I thought that after seeing The Little Mermaid on screen so many times, they’d be tired of it.  But, the wonderful performance, brilliant colors and engaging songs drew them in and kept them there.

The underwater life in Disney’s The Little Mermaid set was fantastic. To create such a fun world for Ariel, puppets were created by The Frisch Marionette Company.  They captured the bright colors beneath the water’s surface and the fluid movements of ocean waves.  We loved watching the many creatures swim by as Sebastian sang Under the Sea…giant jelly fish, schools of fish, singing flamingos, a blow fish, a seahorse, clams and more.  It was so much fun to see them bring Ariel’s world to life.

Every part of Disney’s The Little Mermaid set made you feel like you were under the water.  I was very impressed when Prince Eric fell overboard and ‘floated’ to the surface.  Of course, he did this with the help of harnesses, but his movements were so fluid that he really seemed to float.  I noticed the kids eye glaze over as they watched Ariel come to save him and swim away pulling him to land. They were impressed too.

My favorite scene was when Ursula was first revealed.  The curtains opened to her dark, creepy under water lair.  Her tentacles waved like evil Ariel Ursulabranches swaying in the water.  It was fantastic. It took my kids a while to realize just how her tentacles moved…that’s how good it was! Ursula’s tentacles were also provided by The Frisch Marionette Company.

Our family really enjoyed this show.  And, there is still time for you to see it!  Show times are as follows:

  • Saturday, October 24 at 2 PM and 5 PM
  • Sunday, October 25 at 2 PM

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Taft Theatre is located at 5th and Sycamore Streets in Downtown Cincinnati. Please call 1-800-745-3000 or go to www.ticketmaster.com to reserve tickets.

Disclaimer:  All opinions are my own.  We LOVED this show.  The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati provided my family with complementary tickets for this review and giveaway.


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