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CTOC Presents Disney's "The Little Mermaid"

Reported: Mar. 13, 2014 12:39 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 13, 2014 6:28 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - (Kennie Bass) Thanks to its iconic imagery and music, it is instantly recognizable.

The story of an undersea princess who longs for a life on land comes to the stage this weekend as West Virginia's official children's theater presents Disney's "The Little Mermaid."

A cast of more 60 young actors sing and dance, telling the tale of Ariel, who is fascinated with life on the surface. She meets a young prince and falls in love, but must find a way to defeat an evil witch who wants to steal her voice and rule the oceans.

It can be a challenge to find something new to offer when playing characters which are so familiar. The stars say they want audiences to recognize the mermaid and her true love while still giving audiences a unique experience.

"There's a lot of expectations with this role and especially with young children about what they think Ariel should be like," Haley Lambert (Ariel) said. "And when they come see this they'll envision us all as these characters. So, it's a little more difficult because you want to stay true to it."

"They're going to recognize that show that they're familiar with a slight different twist to it," Adam Bryan, the director said. "And hopefully experience it in a brand new way and maybe enjoy it even more."

The live musical isn't exactly the same as the blockbuster animated film. The show's director says live theater offers audiences something that is very different from a movie or DVD.

"It;'s happening right in front of you with real, live people," Bryan said. "It's not a cartoon, it's real people emoting right in front of you, that's the main big difference. But it's a slightly different show than the cartoon, the Disney version too, there's extra songs."

"I think they'll get more of a feeling knowing that two real people, instead of two voices on a cartoon, are playing a true love couple," Max Ross (Prince Eric) said. "So, I think they'll feel a real connection with us as we perform the show."

"The energy, definitely the energy," Lambert said. "When we perform these songs they make you just want to get up and dance and I think that's the best thing about the show."

Children's Theatre of Charleston Presents "Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr."

Charleston Civic Center Little Theater
Friday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 15 at 2:00,p.m.
Saturday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 16 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets $12 for adults and $10 for students.

Tickets are available at the door or at the Charleston Civic Center box office.

To watch Haley Lambert's full performance of "Part Of Your World," click here and go to our Raw News section.



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