From off-shore to on-stage
By Kelsey Par - Staff Reporter
The 5th Avenue Theater is presenting a new and revamped version of The Little Mermaid, based on Walt Disney's iconic 1989 film.
The full-scale production runs at various times through Dec. 31.
In the production, stubborn teenage mermaid Ariel no longer wants to live under her father, King Triton's rule.
More determined than ever before, she sets off on a journey to find a world where she belongs, but faces a pool of challenges along the way.
Diana Huey plays Ariel and like her character, has faced a long journey in her acting career as well. She began working at the 5th Avenue Theater as an acting intern while still in college.
She then went on to do educational tours for the Adventure Musical Theater. Huey also appeared in productions of RENT, Jasper in Deadland, and many other shows.
Prince Eric is played by Matthew Kacergis, who will make his mainstage debut in The Little Mermaid stage production.
"I've been really lucky to perform in some spotlight nights and a lot of readings and workshops, which is one of my favorite things about The 5th Ave. But I'm really excited to make my mainstage debut," Kacergis said.
Both actors Huey and Kacergis said they grew up watching Disney movies and Alan Menken's scores which is why they love musical theater so much.
Directed by Glenn Casale with music is by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and book by Doug Wright.
This stage production is rated G and appropriate for ages 6 and older. Ticket prices start at $80 and vary depending on times and seating.
The theater is in Rainier Square at 1308 5th Ave., Seattle. For more information regarding show times and ticket prices, visit 5thavenue.org or call 206-625-1900.