Hans Christian Andersen's Classic Fairy Tale The Little Mermaid from Wheelock Family Theatre
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In this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning drama set in the Bronx in 1964, Sister Aloysius, the principal of a Catholic school in the borough, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects that young newcomer Father Flynn has sexually abused the school's only black student. As she wrestles with her doubts, she questions an idealistic young nun and the mother of the alleged victim, perhaps changing them forever. The 2008 film adaptation, starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Viola Davis and Philip Seymour Hoffman, earned Oscar nominations for all four actors. This gripping drama about suspicion, scandal and the elusiveness of moral certainty stars Karen MacDonald. Learn More
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The Wheelock Family Theatre knows children and how to present plays that treat them as intelligent beings without pandering to them. The Little Mermaid did all that and more. The sets are very sophisticated and offer fantasy moments for the children. Although never having seen the movie, or read the story, I was informed by the children around me that the play left "some things" out, but that the play was better for that. Interestingly, the adults in the theatre seemed to enjoy this as much, if not more than the children.
The Wheelock always has some extra event relating to the performance. On Sundays, it is red carpet day when children can get autorgraphs, on this night is was crafts projects relating to the play.
The Wheelock strives to help young people learn about theatre and appreciate live performances.
This is a gem for Boston, and they need to market their product more widely.
This adaptation is by Linda Daugherty, and based on the original story by Hans Christian Andersen, but with a happier ending. The performance will run 90 minutes and it is not recommended for children younger than 3 years of age.
Directed and designed by James P. Byrne
The ever-curious Little Mermaid Pearl is enthralled with the unknown world beyond the sea and the humans that inhabit it. On one of her adventures to the ocean’s edge, a charismatic young man catches her eye. After a ferocious storm sweeps him from his ship, Pearl swims to his rescue—and falls desperately in love. Her quest to find him lands her in the clutches of the spiteful Sea Witch, with whom she must make a dreadful bargain.
Above the sea, among the humans, the voiceless Pearl struggles with loss, misunderstanding, and rejection but overcomes each setback with courage and growing confidence, ultimately winning the heart of everyone she meets including Prince Eric. Faithful to Hans Christian Andersen’s original fairy tale (but with a happier ending), this adaptation teems with tumultuous characters, dramatic undercurrents, deep emotions, rippling humor, and a titanic battle between good and evil. The Little Mermaid will thrill young children, teens, and adults alike.