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The Little Mermaid Ballet at The Arts Theatre - Review

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I'm a 28 year old female Senior Reporter for Weekend Notes. I Graduated from A Bachelor of Journalism at The University of South Australia in 2013 & completed my Diploma in Photography
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Darling it's better, Down where it's wetter, Under the sea,
The South Australian Children's Ballet Company presents Paul Bowds 'The Little Mermaid', playing at The Arts Theatre, Friday 22nd September 1pm and Saturday 23rd September 2pm & 4pm. Adapted from the 1837 book by Hans Christian Andersen and 1989 Disney classic film of the same name.

SACBC presented The Little Mermaid as a ballet. The beloved fairytale story meets a contemporary professional level ballet. Artistically directed by Beverly Waters, choreographed by Paul Boyd, with music by Lord Berners, Rachel Portman, David Newton-Skyden & Flaherty, Malcolm Arnold and James Newton-Howard.

It's the tale of Ariel, a young mermaid who falls in love with Eric, a human prince. Evil sea witch Ursula (Charly Hopkins/Claire McCormack) sees this as an opportunity and offers Ariel a deal. Ariel will become human for three days and all she has to give up is her voice. She can no longer talk but can spend some time with Prince Eric. However, Ariel must kiss Eric before sunset on the third day or she becomes Ursula's prisoner forever.

The scene with Prince Eric (Thomas Hall) and his crew on board the ship was beautiful to watch. They were all dressed as sailors. As Eric is thrown overboard, girls dance around him with hoops with strings of blue and green. This was a creative way to demonstrate the rough waters. The costumes were beautiful and the set was very creative.

The duet between Ariel (Alisa Pukkinen) and Eric (Thomas Hall) as she was trying to get him to kiss her was beautiful to watch. It presented such technique and was lovely to see Ariel demonstrating pointe technique. This ballet was inspired and the children of the audience loved watching Ariel live happily ever after.

Starring: Alisa Pukiinen as Ariel The Little Mermaid, Thomas Hall as Prince Eric, Charley Hokins & Claire McCormack as Ursula The Seawitch, Aaron Godfrey as The First Mate, The Sea Creatures, The Royal Court & Princesses included Elizabeth Allen, Patric Annetta, Isabella Drioli-Phillips, Emil Durdin, Amelia Be, Annabelle Ferris, Lily Glassenbury, Aaron Godfrey, Tessa Gratton, Thomas Hobbs, Charley Hopkins, Hanna Horvat-Thorneycroft, Claire McCormack, Lilah McRoe, Stella Page, Tori Muller, Sarah Murphy, Ebony Neilson, Charlotte Pike, Leila Revell, Lexie Reynolds, Victoria Scardigno, Tallulah Thorrowgood, Charlie Whittington and Jessica Yates.

As the show came to a close, the children of the audience were invited on stage and Ariel picked the best dressed Prince or Princess to receive a prize. Then the cast joined everyone in the foyer for a meet and greet. It's the tale of true love, great friendship and a family who will always stand beside you no matter what. 5/5 stars. Another magical tale by the SACBC represented beautifully.
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Why? Short Childrens Ballet
When: Season has finished
Where: The Arts Theatre
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