The Story: Le Theatre de Marionette adapts the children’s classic story by Hans Christian Anderson to the marionette stage in this impressive presentation. Children will be spellbound by the beautifully carved marionettes of the underwater kingdom and the underwater stage effects. The story follows Ariel, daughter of King Neptune who yearns for a life not bound by water. She makes a deal with the Sea Witch Ursula in exchange for her lovely singing voice. She has but three days to convince the handsome Prince Eric to fall in love or be bound to the Sea Witch forever.
The Stage Play: This European-styled marionette play is presented in three acts, or settings: the ship of the high seas, the underwater kingdom, and the Kings Palace.
The Marionettes: Over 60 marionettes and other puppets are used in the telling of this story. The show also features shadow puppets, black light rod puppets, trick marionettes and many marionettes. Along with the impressive scenery, visual effects and other theater magic, The Lttle Mermaid is a show that will amaze children and adults alike.
The Artists: A total of twenty three visual and performance artists contributed to the construction and fabrication of this marionette stage play. This show marks its debut at the Palace Theater in Grapevine in an exclusive cooperative venture with the Grapevine Visitors and Convention Bureau.
Recommended Ages: The show is recommended for ages 3 + due to some underwater scenes and lighting effects that may be too intensive for young toddlers. The show has a running time just under an hour and includes a ‘before show’ marionette demonstration and a post show behind-the-scenes-peek at how the puppetry magic is performed.