After Ariel sang her first four notes, I was shocked to think she was lip-syncing! What? The Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre (ESRT) is known for their live performances using children and few adults in our community. But hold on . . . as she continued the enchanting song, and I realized — wait, could it be true? That perfect voice was really and truly coming from Bella Stevens, a 9th grader at Bayside Academy! WOW! WOW! WOW!
ESRT is performing a dazzling rendition of The Little Mermaid, Thursday through Saturday, in Henry George Park, on the bluff overlooking Mobile Bay. The waterfront setting is perfect for mermaids and sailors to splash and play in gorgeous costumes and their dancing and acting will make you believe you are diving deep — and yes, that’s the real sunset behind them, not a set.
The fun of local theatre is knowing the people in the show. I’ve known many of the children and teens since they were tiny little things, and it was fun before the show to have them walk by in costume and say, “Hi Mrs. Tarabella!” They were all just adorable!
Liam Searcy, who knocked it out of the park with his role of Prince Eric, is a local favorite but will be leaving us for college next year. He’s performed in many local shows and is an amazing talent. Such a well-rounded guy, Liam was home schooled and achieved his Eagle Scout rank in Boy Scouts last year. It doesn’t hurt that his entire family is gushing with musical talent, but I know Liam will go far with his impressive acting and singing skills.
Ursula, played by Marti Foster, who is a newcomer to the stage and also a mom of three, was a powerful force of talent and her costume was incredible. Every time she stepped on stage, I thought, “Ooo! This is going to be good!”
The entire cast was fabulous, from the big — yet nimble chef, down to the tiniest guppies.
Although Ariel found her voice again through magic, Erin Langley is the one who really supplies the magic to ESRT! Serving as the Executive and Artistic Director for the company, it’s her talent and vision that bring these shows to life.
Ticket prices range from $15 – $25 and are available online HERE. Shows start at 7:30pm and the gates open an hour earlier. Picnics are encouraged, although concessions are available. You’ll also need to bring your own chairs or blankets.
This outdoor theatre program is a major gem in our expanding crown here in Fairhope, so make sure you support this hard-working group by getting out of the house and spending a fun evening under the stars . . . and under the sea!
For complete information on The Little Mermaid and Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre, click HERE.