Disney's The Little Mermaid
January 13-22
  Fri., Jan. 13: Curtain 7pm
Sat., Jan. 14: Curtain 7pm
Sun., Jan. 15: Curtain 2pm

Thurs., Jan. 19: Curtain 7pm
Fri., Jan. 20: Curtain 7pm
Sat., Jan. 21: Curtain 2pm
Sat., Jan. 21: Curtain 7pm
Sun., Jan. 22: Curtain 2pm
   The Story  
  In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home
to live in the world above.

Based on one of Hans Christian Anderson's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's
"The Little Mermaid" is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy
Award winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and a compelling book by Doug
Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistable songs including "Under The Sea,"
"Kiss the Girl," and "Part of Your World."

Ariel, 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. 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 to restore order under the sea.
   Check out some of our cast hard at work in rehearsals:  
   For TYA, lights flash for Act 2  
  As Theater for Young Audiences celebrates an improbable 28-year run, it embarks on an ambitious production to
mark the start of Act 2 -- the next 28 years.  The curtain opens on TYA's  "Disney's The Little Mermaid" Friday,
January 13 and runs for two weekends.

Deb Sabol-Williams, TYA's founder and artistic director for the 28 years of Act 1, has transitioned to an emeritus
role over the past several months, still advising the organization on how to continue fulfilling its mission. Said Deb
in a recent interview, "It's all about the youth of this area.  We need to continue challenging them artistically and
helping them grow and develop as people.  They are our future."

Since its inception, TYA has impacted nearly 2,000 students in grade, middle, and high school, as well as
countless adults.  At TYA, young people not only share the stage with adults, but have the capacity to actually
produce theater, managing all aspects of a show.  Says TYA president Whitney Viglietti, "The impact of this
organization on just one child produces memories and experiences that last a lifetime."

So as Act 2 begins, TYA opens its 29th season with this fully-staged musical featuring a live orchestra and an
overflowing all-star cast of 44 students and adults, many of whom have played principal roles in other

Well-known local musician Paul Sucherman serves as music director and has been instrumental in luring a
colleague from Chicago -- stage director Dawn Kusinski.  Having worked with her at Harand Camp of the Theater
Arts in Kenosha, Paul simply says of Dawn, "She is amazing!"

Kusinski, former managing director at Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples, Florida, has agreed to direct "Disney's The
Little Mermaid" while still maintaining her position at The Second City in Chicago.  Said Dawn, "It is an incredible
privilege to come to this community and work with such inspired talent.  I can't wait to see this show come to

Erin Smiley, TYA's interim manager and the show's co-director, says, "It is indescribable to watch this much
talent work together on one production."

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's stories and the classic animated film, "Disney's The Little Mermaid" is
a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages.  With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken,
lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and book by Doug Wright, the show features the memorable songs
"Under the Sea" and "Kiss the Girl".

The story surrounds the mermaid Ariel, who wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above,
bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs.  But the bargain is not what it seems. Playing
the role of Ariel and Prince Eric are Emma Hapeman and Rilind Hidri respectively.

The talented cast features experienced actors as well as those making their TYA stage debuts, including Josh
Ludens, Frida McKeown, Sam Oswald, Grant Cassady, Bella Szyman, Ben Tengowski, Jade Rose Paswaters,
Florence Butterfield, Kailey Kaltenbrun, Lily-Rose Butterfield, Delaney Davis, Olivia Grose, Angelica Hoffman,
Charlize Kuznacic, Jill Madson, MacKenzie Ross, Kelsey Sbrocco, Autumn Schultz, Noah Ertel, Rick Ertel, Ian Kanz,
Eric Rankin, Bob Staats, and Pete Thoresen.

Rounding out the ensemble is Bailey Joyce, Evangeline Joyce, AJ Kaufman, Elizabeth Kaufmann, Libby Kaule,
Hailey Martinez, Stella Milslagle, Gavin Rankin, Molly Rankin, Bella Rudell, Camille Staats, Cece Szyman, Lucy
Thoresen, Nico Torres, Sarah Torres, Chloe Wasmer, Abby Wetzel, and Juliana Wetzel.

"Disney's The Little Mermaid" is being performed at the UW-Sheboygan Fine Arts Theatre with 7 pm shows on
Jan 13-14 & Jan 19-21 and 2 pm matinees on Jan 15, 21, & 22.  Tickets ($10 for students/kids and $15 for
adults) may be purchased online at www.tyasheboygan.org.  The show is recommended for those 5 years old
and up and runs just over two hours, including intermission.
  Ariel (Emma Hapeman) explores the castle and the rest of the human world in
TYA's production of Disney's The Little Mermaid

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