Audiences Cheer for Little Mermaid!
Photo Credits: Raymond Santos
THE LITTLE MERMAID - Ontario’s O-FISH-AL Family Musical! is a lively, over-the-top family musical that opened to Toronto crowds on Thursday, November 28, 2013. Right from the start, you know that Ross Petty, along-side a cast of talented Canadian artists, is aiming for something more than a charming child’s fairy-tale!
This season’s fractured story is a take on Hans Christian Andersen’s story and plunges us into the waters of lake Ontario and Niagara Falls, where a group of fame-seeking sea mermaids team up with ‘humans’ to stop Ogopogo - the villain - from taking over the Toronto waterfront and transforming it into a huge Casino. With help from members of the audience, the show embarks on a journey of full of excitement and entertainment with some twists and turns along the way as this quirky version diverts from the classic tale of the Little Mermaid.
Currently starring in the title role of Evangeline at The Charlottetown Festival, Chilina Kennedy stars as the "Angel" - Little Mermaid. With her fun group of fishy friends by her side, she longs for true love and happiness with Adam, played by actor and Canadian Idol Season 1 finalist, Marc Devigne. Dan Chameroy reprises his role as the hilarious Plumbum (the Little Mermaid’s aunt). Chamoroy who is familiar to Petty’s pantos, steals the show once again with his overdramatic and hilarious antics. Angel’s entourage of mermaids and her sidekick Carl the Clownfish (Reid Janisse) swim effortlessly through wordplays and songs as they help the Little Mermaid prepare for her voyage to the surface, to thwart the plans of the evil wizard.
Making her debut in this year’s production is the brilliant and talented redhead Jordan Clark, winner of So You Think You Can Dance Canada Season 4 and star of Family Channel's The Next Step TV series, as Ogopogo's slithery assistant. Fan-favourite Eddie Glen returns as Petty's reluctant sidekick in the role of Sponge Bill Triangle Pants.
Petty himself is trades in his luscious wigs and flamboyance to play 'a man' this year as he takes on the role of Ogopogo, the evil serpent sea wizard.
It all works. Little Mermaid plugs in enough pop tunes, ad-libs, parodies, cheeky humour, and allusions to current day politics making certain adults remain just as entertained as the kids!
Little Mermaid is full of wit and fun. Inspired by the popular British pantomime style, the show engages the audience’s full participation. Join in as the crowd cheers loudly for the hero and boos and jeers the villain.
The Little Mermaid is playing at the Toronto Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, Toronto, until January 4, 2014. For more information, visit www.rosspetty.com.