Every year I am amazed at the productions that come out of Sernebe Playhouse in Chattahoochee Hills! The talent is beyond incredible. Serenbe Playhouse has been the recipient of the prestigious American Theatre Wing grant and named one of the Top 20 theatres in the nation by Playbill! Now if that is not impressive to you, then I urge you to head out to see their latest production directed by Ryan Oliveti, DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID! You’ll see for yourself just how lucky we are to have such an outstanding outdoor theatre like Serenbe Playhouse!
The Playhouse kicked off its year-long VOYAGE with the iconic film – Disney’s The Little Mermaid – as they brought it to life like never before! As Ariel knows, there is beauty in the everyday human objects all around us. This motto will ring true with complete scenic and costume elements made from recycled materials – going from trash to pure treasure! Featuring the return of Miss Saigon stars: Niki Badua and Chase Peacock alongside our favorite villainous diva: Deborah Bowman. Join us as we travel ‘Under the Sea’ for an adventure the entire family will never forget!
“Is there a human alive that does not remember seeing Ariel belt ‘Part of Your World’ on a rock as a wave crashed behind her for the first time?” asks the director, Ryan Oliveti. “I so vividly remember seeing Disney’s The Little Mermaid in the theatre with my stuffed animal Max at my side! Being asked to bring this show to life is a full-on dream come true! I cannot wait to share the classic tale with young and old alike. And, in true Serenbe form, it will come to life like never before – on the water with sets, costumes, and puppets made from recycled materials that prevent ocean waste. What better way to honor Ariel’s world than to help clean the ocean and teach the importance of protecting this one planet we all share. Nothing like taking the everyday around us, and turning it into pure Disney magic – true trash to treasure! Walt would be proud!”
Serenbe Playhouse gave the term a green theatre a whole new meaning as constructed an entire underwater world made completely from recycled materials. Bottles, cans, caps have brought to life the magical world for Ariel and her friends to tell their tale! They re-purposed recycled trash and transformed it all into an incredible playground designed by set designer Shannon Robert with beautiful costumes by designer Erik Teague. As part of this project, they gathered the support of the community by creating a central recycling collection center where anyone could drop off the requested recyclable materials, such as bottles and bottle caps, aluminum cans, and plastic bags. Then artists took the vast supply of materials and transformed them into Ariel’s treasures! This initiative allowed them to stay true to their mission of cutting-edge green theatre by finding the beauty in the everyday… there is magic all around us, sometimes you just have to recycle and look for it!
“The Playhouse is known for reinventing classics, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid will be no different,” says director Ryan Oliveti. “Today, more than ever, taking care of the world we live in is a topic at the forefront of most news sources. Our oceans need attention and cleaning. Creating a world of beauty out of the trash littering Ariel’s world will not only create the greenest set in Playhouse history but will also highlight the importance of taking care of the one planet we all share.”
ABOUT THE CAST & CREATIVE
From a helicopter to the open ocean, Niki Badua and Chase Peacock return for another love story of epic proportions – Ariel and Prince Eric! Joining them ‘Under The Sea’ is Atlanta and Playhouse favorite Deborah Bowman as Ursula – the most iconic villainess of all time! Returning to the Serenbe stage are India Tyree as Sebastian, Austin Tijerina as Scuttle, and Terrence Smith as Grimbsy. Rounding out the leading players are Derek Dixon as King Triton, Brian Jordan as Flotsam, Jordan Patrick as Jetsam, and Kenny Tran as Flounder. Chase Anderson, Brooke Bradly, Brady Dunn, Brittany Ellis, Arielle Geller, Timothy Harland, Kendra Johnson, Casey Shuler, and Madison Welch round out the aquatic ensemble.
Longtime Playhouse collaborators Bubba Carr (choreography) and Chris Brent Davis (music direction) join Oliveti in bringing the timeless fairy tale to life. The creative team tasked with turning recycled materials to pure Disney Magic are costume designer Erik Teague and scenic designer Shannon Robert. Joel Coady (lighting design), Rob Brooksher (sound design), Adam Howarth (sound design), Lindsey Ewing (wig design), Jarrad Hogg (makeup design), and Alysha Burgwardt (makeup design) round out the creative team.
The show runs through April 22. Matinees are available Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm. Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday you can catch a show at 7:30 pm and Friday and Saturday at 8 pm.
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Images credit of BreeAnne Clowdus