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Disney’s The Little Mermaid Opens Tonight at the Pleasanton Firehouse Arts Center

January 30, 2016

DSC04598PLEASANTON, CA–Are you looking for a family-friendly way to kick-off the weekend? If so, look no further than the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton where the Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid opens tonight for a run that concludes on Valentine’s Day. As they’ve done so effectively for previous productions, PCRT, co-founded by Dublin teacher Joy Sherratt, transforms Pleasanton’s Firehouse Arts Center into an undersea oasis.

The Little Mermaid opens tonight and runs through February 14, 2016: Fridays at 8pm and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. There will be additional matinee performances on Saturdays, February 6 and February 13, 2016 at 2pm. There will be no performance on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” and “Part of Your World.”

Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above and bargains with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull, and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.

Critically acclaimed, professional Director/Actor, David Judson, will direct this Disney classic at the intimate Firehouse Arts Center. He will be supported in bringing this vision to the Firehouse stage by award winning, professional musician/conductor, Pat Parr, Musical Director and co-founder of PCRT; professional choreographer/director/actress, Brittany Danielle, Choreographer; along with Scenic Designer Pat Brandon and Lighting Designer Mike Oesch.

DSC04437Bay Area actress Catherine Williamson joins the cast of Disney’s The Little Mermaid as “Ariel”, having last been seen on the PCRT stage in Chicago. In addition, Nathaniel Rothrock will appear as “Prince Eric”, Noel Anthony* will appear as “King Triton” and Allison F. Rich* will appear as “Ursula”. A very talented group of professional and regional actors complete cast and ensemble. [*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers]

DSC04364-ANIMATIONDisney’s The Little Mermaid is Directed by David Judson, Musical Direction by Pat Parr, Choreography by Brittany Danielle, Scenic Designs by Pat Brandon, Lighting Design by Mike Oesch and Costumes by Margaret daSilva.

During the run of the show, theatre lovers can also enjoy a special opportunity to interact with the actors. A Free Inside the Show discussion with the actors and director will take place after the Sunday Matinee performance on January 31, 2016.

All performances will take place at Firehouse Arts Center, located at 4444 Railroad Avenue located in Pleasanton, CA. Tickets are $18-$39 each, and are available at the Firehouse Arts Center Box Office, by phone at (925) 931-4848, or online at www.pcrtproductions.org or www.firehousearts.org.

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