EVERYONE’S favorite crab is shown here preparing for his upcoming performance of “The Little Mermaid” to be held in the next three weekend’s at the Lebowsky Center. Brennan Hattaway plays Sebastian in the play. (Independent Photos/Elizabeth Wehman)


Owosso Community Players is swimming in a deep sea of anticipation as they present Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” this Feb. and March. Audiences can make their way to the historic Lebowsky Center on Feb. 26 through 28, March 4 through 6 and March 11 through 13 to watch this showdown between good and evil forces in a magical kingdom under the sea.

Based on the animated film, this award-winning Broadway musical is a hauntingly beautiful love story, following an adventurous young mermaid who’s got a thing for disobeying the rules and following her heart. Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above and pursue the human Prince Eric. After bargaining with Ursula, the evil sea witch, to experience the life she dreams of on land, Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends Flounder, Scuttle and Sebastian to restore order under the sea.

Okemos High School junior Meghan Corbett is set to play the role of mermaid princess Ariel. “Acting as Ariel would move underwater has been challenging, but so fun. Everything in water is free floating, so I have been trying to put that feeling into my body structure,” says Corbett. “I’m finally living out my childhood dream of becoming a princess.”

Rounding out the cast is a batch of both local theater veterans and newcomers, including Joseph Baumann as the stern King Triton; Angela Bradley as the evil Ursula; Brennan Hattaway as everyone’s favorite crab, Sebastian; Josh Holliday as the wacky seagull, Scuttle; Ethan Kohagen as Ariel’s best friend, Flounder; and Max Hayden as Prince Eric.

“In this show, Scuttle has the unique opportunity to bring the audience back from intermission with a high-energy vocal and dance number,” says Holliday. “Nothing brings the magic and fun back to the stage, like a stage full of seagulls tap dancing and singing about having a little ‘Positoovity’.”

Garrett Bradley directs, with Mary Jo Damm-Strong serving as vocal coach. Erica Bradley Duffield choreographs. The orchestra will be conducted by Alex Floury. Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” also offers a fantastic creative opportunity for rich costumes and sets, and the chance to perform some of the best-known songs from the past 30 years.

“Rather than concentrating on turning people into rubber-suited fish, we are trying to convey the idea of color, flowing movement and sparkle, and how that appears under water,” says Mistie Jordan, a costume designer for the show. Jordan and her team are working to create 127 different costumes for the show, including some that light up.

“This hit show is sure to be a sell-out, which is why we’ve decided—for the first time ever—to perform three consecutive weekends in a row,” says OCP Executive Director Kathy Brooks. “Due to the popularity of Mary Poppins, we planned ahead to offer more people the opportunity to see this beloved Disney musical.”

Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” runs Feb. 26, 27, March 4, 5, 11 and 12 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 28, March 6, and 13 at 3 p.m. at the Lebowsky Center in Owosso. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and students and $10 for children 13 and under. Tickets are available by calling (989) 723-4003 or online at www.owossoplayers.com/tickets.

Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” is generously sponsored by The Schluckebier/Hood Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors and Young Owosso.

Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” Opening Friday was last modified: February 24th, 2016 by Karen Elford