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The Theater Group at Fort Lee is excited to present Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” as the next show of its 2019-2020 Mainstage Season.

This favorite of youngsters and the young-at-heart opens Nov. 1, 8 p.m., and continues with weekend showings through Nov. 17. All shows are open to the public. The Lee Theater is located in bldg. 4300, Mahone Ave., next to Burger King.

“The Little Mermaid” tells the story of heroine Ariel (portrayed by Shannon Holcombe) and her journey to become a woman “ready to stand on her own two feet.” At first glance, she falls “head-over-fins” in love with Prince Eric (actor Derek Tatum). Her father, King Triton (David Atkins), forbids the relationship and makes her further question whether she belongs at the bottom of the sea.

Ariel seeks advice from the court-composer, Sebastian (TeDaryl Perry) and her closest-to-a-human friend, Scuttle (Joel Kimling), but is ultimately taken under her Aunt Ursula’s (Kamaron Carter) tentacle down a dark and twisted path of long-time family vengeance.

“The Little Mermaid” is based on a Danish tale of the same name written by Hans Christian Anderson. Disney released its animated film in 1989, and it netted $84 million in box office sales during its opening weekend. The film won two Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Original Song, “Under the Sea.” The stage version of the film was produced by Doug Wright, with additional songs by Alan Menkin and Glenn Slater. It opened on Broadway in 2008.

The Lee Playhouse’s presentation of “The Little Mermaid” is directed by Christian Storm Burks. David Dockan provides musical direction and Sara Burks is in charge of choreography. Other members of the creative team are: Frank Foster, scenery; Dennis Souza, costumes; Cindy Warren, lighting; Joe Beaudet, technical director; John Redling, sound design; and Leah White, stage manager. All performers are volunteers from the Fort Lee community.

Performances of “The Little Mermaid” are set for Nov 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m., and Nov 3, 10 and 17 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for youth. Those coming from off post to attend the shows are reminded that a valid state- or government-issued picture ID is required for anyone 18 years of age or older to gain access to the installation.

For reservations or more information about the show, call the box office at 804-734-6629.