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'Little Mermaid' coming to Bankhead

Tri-Valley Rep presenting magical tale of life under the sea

Matt Kelly as King Triton and Katherine Dela Cruz as Ariel in Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre's production of "The Little Mermaid." (Photo courtesy of Josh Milbourne)

Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre is taking its audience to a magical kingdom under the sea in its production of "Disney's The Little Mermaid" that opens July 21 and runs through Aug. 5 at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore.

Ariel, a beautiful mermaid who is 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 in this Hans Christian Andersen story made famous by the Disney film. 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.

Well known songs from the musical are "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."

The show is being produced by Kathleen Breedveld, directed by Brian Olkowski, with musical direction by Sierra Dee and choreography by Cathrine Delos Santos.

The cast includes Katherine Dela Cruz as Ariel, Annemarie Martin as Ursula, Delaney Corbitt as Flounder; Matthew Kelly as King Triton, Domonic Tracy as Prince Eric, John Rachal as Sebastian, and Matthew Skinner as Scuttle. The cast also includes adult chorus and youth ensembles.

Performances are at 8 p.m., Saturdays, July 21, 28 and Aug. 4; and at 2 p.m., Sundays, July 22, 29 and Aug. 5 as well as Saturday, Aug. 4.

Tickets are $39 adult; $37 senior; $18 junior (2-17); $23 students over 17. To purchase, go to www.trivalleyrep.org; call 373-6800; visit the Bankhead Theater Box Office, 2400 First St. in Livermore.

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