Underwater adventure with CSOPA’s Little Mermaid

Chilliwack School of Performing Arts (CSOPA) will be bringing The Little Mermaid to life Jan. 11 to 22 at the Cultural Centre.

Chilliwack School of Performing Arts brings The Little Mermaid to the stage Jan. 13-22

Chilliwack School of Performing Arts (CSOPA) will be bringing The Little Mermaid to life Jan. 11 to 22 at the Cultural Centre.

The Little Mermaid is based on the Hans Christian Anderson story and the Disney film. Music adapted and arranged by David Weinstein.

In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Based on the animated 1989 Disney film, The Little Mermaid the musical follows Ariel, an intelligent and strong willed young mermaid goes in search of her destiny in the world above. She strikes a deal with her Aunt Ursula, the sea witch and has just three days to fulfill the terms of the deal. Along the way she meets with quirky seagulls, kooky chefs and a whole cast of wonderful characters both above and below land as she invites us along on her journey to find true love and discovers that you must first learn to love yourself first and foremost.

Full of all those familiar song favourites from the movie, along with some catchy new songs, this fantastic adaptation will have you singing, dancing and smiling all the way through.

Ariel will be played by Katie Schram, Prince Eric by Caylen Braun, and Ursula the sea witch is brought to life by Amber Wilber. Lisa Braun is the director, Lisa Zimmer the vocal director, Emily Henney from Vancouver is the choreographer and Trischa Buhler the orchestra director. Set by Vancouver based artist, Brian Ball, costumes by Abbotsford’s Heather Westergard, makeup by Vancouver based makeup artist Nicole Friesen.

Each year CSOPA, a non-profit arts education company, mounts a full scale musical with young adults performing. The cast and production are supported by industry professionals in design and director.

The Little Mermaid previews on Jan. 11 and 12 (7:30 p.m.), and the show opens on Friday Jan. 13 and runs until Sunday, Jan. 22 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, and 2 p.m. matinée performances on Jan. 14, 15, 21, 22.

Adults $23, students/seniors $18. All seats on Jan. 11 and 12 are $9.75. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Cultural Centre box office at 604-391-SHOW (7469).

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