Mantua local stars in upcoming play at Dennis Flyer Theatre

The Little Mermaid, Jr. is set for July 11–13

Press release issued by Mainstage Center for the Arts

Come be “Part of Our World” as Summer Stage Children’s Theatre journeys “Under the Sea” with Ariel and friends in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr. Based on one of Hans Christian Anderson’s most beloved stories, with music by eight-time Academy Award-winner Alan Menken, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr. will make a splash with audiences as it kicks off Summer Stage’s 30th season July 11–13.

In The Little Mermaid, Jr., Ariel (Stephanie Masapollo, Washington Township), longs to leave her ocean home to live in the human world. But first, she defies her father, King Triton (Frank Testa, Blackwood) makes a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula (Krisitn Bassi, Sicklerville) and must convince Prince Eric (John Koza, Mantua) that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice. Along the way, Ariel receives help from her friends Sebastian (Nadia Parker, Franklinville), Skuttle (Krista Murray, Deptford) and Flounder (Alex Brasburger, Sicklerville).

“I’m enjoying playing Eric. I like how he’d rather explore than rule the kingdom. He’s less serious than most royalty. Then, he feels something he never felt before when he hears Ariel sing. It’s fun to show the different sides of him,” Koza said. “I love being at Summer Stage. Everyone has the same mindset as you, sharing an interest in theatre.”

Lindsay Deal directs Koza and the nearly 70 cast members appearing in The Little Mermaid, Jr. Deal, a recent graduate from Arcadia University with her BFA in Acting, is a South Jersey based actress, director and teaching artist.

“I’m so looking forward to my summer under the sea. We have a lot of new concepts for our version of The Little Mermaid that we are very excited about watching come to life,” Deal said. “I can’t believe this summer is the 30th anniversary, especially since my first summer here was summer number 16! There are so many special memories I have from my time here at Mainstage, and I’m so excited to celebrate 30 years at my favorite place.”

The Little Mermaid, Jr., sponsored by Lamp Post Diner and Beneficial Bank, runs July 11 and 12, 7:30 p.m. and July 13, 10:30 a.m., in the newly-renovated, fully accessible Dennis Flyer Theatre, Lincoln Hall, Camden County College. Tickets are $11 for children under 12/senior citizens and $12 for adults. Group tickets are also available. Sign interpretation is available at the July 12th performance. For tickets, visitwww.mainstage.org. For more information, please call (856) 227–3091.