A Treasure Trove of Talent
If you're one of those fortunate souls who have tickets to the extended and sold out production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, now playing at Diamond Head Theatre, then count your lucky starfish! You and the youngsters are in for a treat.
Based on Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale and Disney’s animated film and Broadway musical, The Little Mermaid directed and choreographed by Andrew Sakaguchi, currently plays now through Sunday, August 13.
A few generations are already familiar with Disney’s popular mermaid princess Ariel and her desire to be a part of our world.
This is a production for the young and the young at heart and the talent that brings this musical to life is exceptional.
Megan Boggs plays Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter. With vocals clear and strong, she convincingly plays a young girl (mermaid?) who stops at nothing to achieve her dreams.
Jeremy Hurr is the young Prince Eric. A triple threat, he does very well in all his scenes and is clearly a charmer.
Miguel Cadoy III is excellent as Sebastian the crab. His playful Jamaican accent is consistent throughout.
Mathias Maas as Scuttle the seagull is a hoot to watch. With imaginative costuming by Karen G. Wolfe and make-up by Friston S. Ho'okano, his scenes were always looked forward to and never disappointed.
Another bright star is Blythe Kelsey as Ursula the Sea Witch. Kelsey does a wonderful job with her intimidating vocal range and solid performance. She is guided along the ocean floor by her two henchmen eels, Flotsam and Jetsam played by Brandon Saballa and Joe Lettner.
LeGrand Tolo Lawrence turns up the heat as Chef Louis and does a great job in the musical number, Les Poissons.
There were a few staging and transition issues here and there that felt awkward and at times the set seemed vastly empty and not on par with the usual Diamond Head Theatre fabulosity— but for the most part Disney’s The Little Mermaid will surely delight the whole family—young and young at heart.