The Little Mermaid to Open at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Jun 3rd, 2016Press Release from Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Center Valley, PA –With a vibrant cast, imaginative sets and inventive costumes, The Little Mermaid opens at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival June 3 and runs through August 6 in the Schubert Theatre at the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts at DeSales University. 


Appropriate for children ages three through twelve, the production also features a sign-interpreted performance Saturday, July 30 at 10am.


Adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s famous tale by playwright Linda DaughertyThe Little Mermaid follows one mermaid’s adventure onto land and into the human world.


Pearl, the little mermaid, played by Ally Borgstrom, longs to live above the waves. Her sisters Luna, Coral, and Anemone, portrayed by Beth Egan, Anelise Diaz, Corina Raine Connelly respectively, tell her stories of when merpeople were allowed to go onto dry land. Her father, The Sea King, and grandmother, The Great Mother, played by Justin Ariola and Beth Egan, dismiss these tales and warn Pearl of the dangers of the human world.


Swimming near the surface one day, Pearl saves the life of the handsome Prince Stefan, played by Dane McMichael, falls in love with him and decides to become a human. She makes a deal with the Sea Witch, portrayed by Ilia Paulino, and gives up her voice in exchange for legs. Now, with a newfound resolve, she ascends to the world above determined to find her prince.


The cast also includes Ryan Hagan in the role of Yorick, Stephanie Hodge as Princess Marianna, Brendan Doyle as Puffer, and Marcel Logan and James “Bo” Sayre as Timothy and William respectively.


Making her PSF debut is Taibi Magar, a New York-based director and recipient of a Stephen Sondheim Fellowship, an Oregon Shakespeare Festival Fellowship, and a Public Theater Shakespeare Fellowship, the production features scenic design by PSF veteran Steve TenEyck. The design team includes costumes by Olivera Gajic, lighting by Elizabeth Elliot and sound by Kristian Derek Ball. Emily Baver serves as the stage manager.


Kids are invited to meet the actors after every performance for photos and autographs. The production sponsors are Steve and Jane Auvil, and the  co-sponsors are Computer Aid and Swim-In Zone.


Tickets for children 12 and under are $12.50 and for adults, $16.50. For ticket information, contact PSF at 610-282-WILL [9455], ext. 1, or online at


Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 10am from June 3 to June 25, then Tuesday through Saturday at 10am through August 6. Additional 2pm matinees are June 29, August 2, 3 and 4.


 The Festival’s 25th season also includes: West Side Story (June 15-July 3), Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar (June 22-Juy 17); The Taming of the Shrew (July 13-Aug. 7); Love’s Labor’s Lost (July 27-Aug. 3) Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit (July 21-Aug. 7); and Shakespeare for Kids (July 27-Aug. 6).


One night events include the return of the The Great Divorce, a one-man performance by Philadelphia actor Anthony Lawton, based on the novel by C.S. Lewis. The performance will take place on Monday, June 27th at 7:30pm. In addition, actor and beloved tenor Mike Eldred will return with pianist Jeff Steinberg for Songs of Life and Love, a medley of Broadway songs on Monday, August 1st at 7:30pm. Both performances are on the Main Stage.


Kathleen Kund Nolan and Timothy E. Nolan are serving as season sponsors for the third time in the Festival’s 25-year history. Associate season sponsors are the Harry C. Trexler Trust, Linda Lapos and Paul Wirth, Dr. James and Penny Pantano and the Szarko Family. The season media sponsor is The Morning Call.


PSF is a constituent of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, and a member of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, the Shakespeare Theatre Association, the Lehigh Valley Arts Council, and Discover Lehigh Valley.

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