The cast of the Narrows Community Theater production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” is rehearsing for opening night on August 18th. Photo by Jessica Specht
As part of its mission, the non-profit Narrows Community Theater in Bay Ridge works with children over the summer on a theatrical production aimed at instilling a love of the arts in young people.
This summer, the Narrows Community Theater (NCT) will present a cast of young actors from the Disney musical “The Little Mermaid” at the US Army Garrison Theater in Fort Hamilton. The main entrance to the fort is located on Fort Hamilton Parkway and 101st Street. Visitors must present photo ID to enter the base.
The opening night is Friday August 18. The performance schedule is as follows: Friday August 18 at 8 p.m. Saturday August 19 at 8 p.m. Sunday August 20 at 2 p.m. Saturday August 26 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday August 27 at 2 p.m. at the Fort Hamilton Army Base Theater, 101st Street.
The cast of “The Little Mermaid” is filled with children from Bay Ridge, according to an NCT press release. Abigail Summa plays “Ariel”. Andrew Gonzalez plays “Prince Eric”. Amanda Summa is “Flounder”. Steven Fazzolari plays “Scuttle”. Brian Mansell will play the “King Triton”. “Sebastian” will be played by Liam Specht and Caitlyn Schmidt will play “Ursula”.
There are 50 local children overall.
The plot of the beloved musical involves “Ariel”, a rebellious 16-year-old mermaid who is fascinated by life on earth. During one of her visits to the surface, she falls in love with a human prince and makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch “Ursula” to become human for three days. When plans go wrong for Ariel and her prince, her father, the king, must make the ultimate sacrifice for his daughter.
“The Little Mermaid” is based on a 1989 musical with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater. Doug Wright wrote the book of the musical.
The songs include such gems as “Part of Your World” and the calypso classic “Under the Sea”.
NCT President Marla Gotay said the young performers on the show were impressive.
“As the returning president of the Narrows Community Theater, I am so proud to work with such a talented and enthusiastic group of children, but most of all I am so thrilled that we have assembled such a remarkable creative team. Director Stearns Matthews is a multi-talented director with background as a music director and is highly qualified to work with children of all ages. Greg Matteson, music director since day one, has shown such an expert technique in teaching these children of all skill levels the many aspects of sheet music, ”Gotay said in a statement.
Gotay also praised choreographer Katie Rose McLaughlin, assistant choreographer Emily Missud, set designer Patrick Nash, lighting designer Duane Pagano and stage manager Eric Braunstein.
“I can speak for all of us, the cast, the creative team, and the board members, and can’t wait to see the colorful finished product,” Gotay said.
For ticket reservations and information call NCT at 718-482-3173, email [email protected] or order your tickets online on NarrowsCommunityTheater.com.