Experiencing Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of The Little Mermaid at Canal Walk Theatre is one good way to keep children busy these winter holidays. This watery adventure produced by Fred Abrahamse and Marcel Meyer is an undersea adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen tale.
Magnificent costumes, charming puppets
This much-loved story of curiosity, friendship and love that crosses all borders, will feature a stand out cast, magnificent costumes, breath-taking sets and charming puppets that hopes to thrill the whole family in a magical musical makeover at the Canal Walk Theatre.
The Little Mermaid runs from Saturday 15 June to Sunday 7 July 2019. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Santa Shoebox Project. The Santa Shoebox Project provides toys, toiletries, clothing, sweet treats and school supplies to underprivileged children.
For this show Fred Abrahamse and Marcel Meyer have composed the music and lyrics, in addition to direction. And here the very young will be spirited away on a watery adventure with Alexis Petersen as the eponymous mermaid. Alexis was most recently seen onstage in David Kramer’s hit musical Langarm at the Fugard Theatre.
Cindy-Ann Abrahams plays Sea Witch
Returning to South Africa after a sell-out world tour of with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita is Cindy-Ann Abrahams, who will play the villainous Sea Witch. Fleur du Cap Award winner Edith Plaatjies will grace the stage in the role of the Dowager Queen. Plaatjies’ many theatre credits include her award-winning turn in King Kong at the Fugard and Mandela Trilogy at Artscape.
Matthew Baldwin as the handsome young Prince could just make some hearts flutter. He has played leading roles in several Shakespeare and Tennessee Williams plays.
The role of the Mermaid’s father, The King, falls to Marcel Meyer who has picked up a Best Actor nomination at the Naledi Theatre Awards in Gauteng for his portrayal of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
Rounding out the cast are Alexander Tops (Fatal Attraction, Show Boat, Sondheim’s Assassins), Rebecca Hartle (2019 Naledi Award nominee for Avenue Q) and, Shakir Bester.
Canal Walk Shopping Centre Marketing Manager, Vanessa Herbst cannot wait: “I say this every year, but our theatre offering is definitely one of the key highlights, and this year, with the addition of the Santa Shoebox to our beneficiaries, it is even more special.”
Speaking on behalf of Santa Shoebox Project, CEO Deb Zelezniak said: “We are overwhelmed by the support Canal Walk has given the Project and we can’t wait to bring some of our beneficiary children to watch The Little Mermaid.”
Celebrate Christmas in July this Mandela Day by packing Santa Shoeboxes at Canal Walk for the Santa Shoebox Project. If you are keen to get involved on 18 July 2019 by either volunteering your time, or donating items or money, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Little Mermaid at Canal Walk Theatre dates
Saturday, 15 June – Sunday, 7 July, 2019
Tuesday to Sunday at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm
At Centre Court Theatre, Canal Walk Shopping Centre
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Little Mermaid Canal Walk ticket: R100, family packages of 4 or more
Little Mermaid book: www.computicket.co.za
Canal Walk Shopping Centre: www.canalwalk.co.za
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