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By Linda Daugherty
Directed by Taibi Magar

JUNE 3 - AUGUST 6 | SCHUBERT THEATRE

The longing in her heart brings adventure, mystery, and eventually… love. Life in the vast sea cannot contain a young mermaid’s curiosity, and the lessons she learns along the way lead her to seek the fulfillment of her dreams, come what may. Imaginative children’s theatre inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved fairy tale.

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  • Meet the cast after every performance for pictures and autographs.
  • Sign-Interpreted performance on Saturday July 30th at 10am.

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Reviews

The Morning Call

"Magical 'Little Mermaid' a visual feast at PSF”

“…stunning visually as well as a lot of fun.”

"Director Taibi Magar has created a magical production for her festival debut.”

The Lehigh Valley Press

“The Little Mermaid” is exciting, hilarious and stunning. Steven TenEyck’s set design is breathtaking.”

"Olivera Gajic’s costume design is unforgettable. The mermaids’ dresses are gorgeous, with imaginative tails and hair to match. The Sea Witch’s costume is elaborate and most memorable, with a long, flowing, black sequined dress that amasses the whole stage, flowing in the ocean current, and gray hair molded into the shape of a ship.”

"The show has a little bit of everything: drama, happiness, singing and dancing. It is a wonderfully-acted, cheerful and modern take on a classic tale.”

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JUSTIN ARIOLA

Sea King

Justin is a recent graduate of DeSales’ Theatre program, where he appeared in Act 1 productions of The Miser, Bus Stop and Elektra. Other credits: Scotland Road, Chess, Picnic, Anna in the Tropics, A Doll’s House, Macbeth and Romeo & Juliet, as well as Allentown Public Theatre children’s productions of The Jungle Book and Charlotte’s Web.

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ALLY BORGSTROM

Pearl

Allyis a rising senior at DeSales University! Act 1 credits include Little Women (Jo), Me and My Girl (Jacqueline), and Bus Stop (Cherie). She would like to thank her family, her teachers, and everyone involved in PSF for such a wonderful opportunity and experience.

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CORINA RAINE CONNELLY

Anemone

Corina is making her PSF debut. She recently graduated from DeSales with a BA in Musical Theatre. Her credits include the Act 3 production of Sleeping Beauty (Bluebird and u/s to Princess Rosalind), Amy March in Little Women, Khorus member in Elektra, ensemble in Merry Christmas George Bailey, Margot in Legally Blonde and Hot Box Girl in Guys and Dolls.  She thanks Mumsie and Popsicle, boyfriend Paul and close friends and family for all their love and support they have given over the years.

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ANELISE DIAZ

Coral

Anelise will be a junior Theatre/ Secondary Education major this fall at DeSales University. Anelise would like to thank God for endless blessings, her mom, dad, and brother for their support, and Hector for love and happiness.

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BRENDAN DOYLE

Puffer

Brendan is returning to spend his third summer with PSF. A recent DeSales graduate, some of his favorite show credits are Me & My Girl, Merry Christmas George Bailey!, Les Misérables, Rapunzel, Pericles, and I Love a Piano. Many thanks to Dennis, Patrick, Stephen Casey, Nate, Matt, and Taibi for so many wonderful opportunities. For Grandma Pumpkin. 

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BETH EGAN

Great Mother/Luna

Beth is a recent DeSales Graduate! Last summer she appeared in PSF's Les Mis in the ensemble. Act 1 credits include Me & My Girl (Maria, Duchess of Dene) Elektra (Khoregos), and Bus Stop (Grace Hoylard) among others. Thanks to all her friends and family for their love and support.

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RYAN HAGAN

Yorick

A recent DeSales graduate, Ryan previously performed in PSF’s productions of Rapunzel, Around the World in 80 Days, and Pericles. He thankshis friends and family as well as the faculty at PSF and DSU.

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STEPHANIE HODGE

Princess Mariana

Stephanie is returning to the Festival after wielding the giant braid in last summer's Rapunzel. PSF: Pericles, 80 Days; Act 1: Elektra, Bus Stop. For her loved ones—they know who they are.

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MARCEL LOGAN

Timothy

Marcel is a recent graduate of DeSales, excited to be the first generation of the Logan family to graduate, and excited to perform with PSF. He would like to thank God, Patrick, his parents, and for everyone who believed in him and didn't give up hope.

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DANE McMICHAEL

Prince Stefan

Dane is returning to PSF for his third season in the Young Company, where his credits include Rapunzel, Macbeth, Fiddler, Les Miz, Henry V and Cinderella. Act 1: The Miser, Elektra, The Music Man, How to Succeed..., and others. Dane also works with the DSU film department as an actor, writer and director. Thanks to his incomparable family, peerless friends, stellar housemates, the tireless people that make this festival possible, PD, JB, RW, YOU, and God.

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ILIA PAULINO

Sea Witch

Ilia is a rising junior at Desales University She will also be assisting director Anne Lewis with Blithe Spirit ¡Gracias a mis padres y a mi bella familia, por siempre apoyarme en todo lo que hago!

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JAMES “BO” SAYRE

William

James is a rising junior musical theatre major at DeSales and will be returning again to PSF where he previously appeared in Pericles and Les Misérables. Act 1 credits include Little Women (Professor Bhaer), Dancing at Lughnasa (Michael), Elektra (Orestes), among others.

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LINDA DAUGHTERY

Playwright

Linda has had her plays produced at The Kennedy Center and at theatre companies around the country, and national touring productions of her plays have been presented in more than 150 cities in 41 states. More than twenty of Ms. Daugherty's plays have premiered at the Dallas Children's Theater, named as one of the country's top five children's theaters by Time magazine. As an actress, she has appeared on Broadway, at The Manhattan Theater Club, and in regional theaters including the Ivanhoe Theater in Chicago (Jefferson Award nomination), Seattle Repertory Theater, and the Dallas Children's Theater.

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TAIBI MAGAR

Director

Taibi is a New York-based director and a graduate of the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA program. Regional credits include The Hunchback of Seville, A Christmas Carol (Trinity Repertory Company), and The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare & Company). She is the recipient of a Stephen Sondheim Fellowship, an Oregon Shakespeare Festival Fellowship, and a Public Theater Shakespeare Fellowship. Upcoming: Marisol (Juilliard School), The Underground Railroad Game (ArsNova, NYC), and We Are Proud to Present… (Guthrie Theater).

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STEVEN TENEYCK

Scenic Designer

Companies include Madison Opera, Syracuse Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera, Tacoma Opera, Anchorage Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Syracuse Stage, TACT–NYC, Big Art Group NYC, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Kitchen Theatre Company, The Hangar Theatre, Merry-go-Round, Ensemble Theatre, and The Herson Group Ltd. Beyond his freelance work, Steve teaches lighting design at Ithaca College and received his MFA from the University of Washington in Seattle and is a member of United Scenic Artists 829.

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OLIVERA GAJIC

Costume Designer

Theater: Salzburg Festival, Austria; Vineyard Theatre; Juilliard School; Pig Iron; CSC; Lake Lucille; Talking Band, Two River; Arden; Trinity Rep and many other regional theaters. Other: US National Exhibit at the 2004 and 2007 Prague Quadrennial. 2004 NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Designers, 2010 IT Award for Outstanding Costume Design, 2011 TDF/Irene Sharaff Young Master Award, 2012 Barrymore Award for Outstanding Costume Design, and 2014 Bessie Award for Outstanding Visual Design. USA local 829 www.oliveragajic.com

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ELIZABETH ELLIOTT

Lighting Designer

Elizabeth has been the resident lighting designer for DeSales University’s Theatre Department since 2007. Over the years, Liz has designed lighting in New York City, Philadelphia, Ohio, Michigan, Utah, as well as internationally. For PSF, Liz has designed Rapunzel, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book, Robin Hood, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty.

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KRISTIAN DEREK BALL

Sound Designer

Kristian designs sound and composes for theatre, film and multimedia companies both nationally and internationally, as well as records and produces music for various artists and musicians worldwide. He is a professional member of the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association (TSDCA.org) and has designed with the Metropolitan Theatre Ensemble (Kansas City), Children’s Theatre Company (Minneapolis), among many others. Kristian is excited to return to the Lehigh Valley to design with PSF! Please visit www.kristianderekball.com.

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EMILY J. BAVER

Stage Manager

Emily returning to PSF for her fifth season. She served as stage manager for S4K (2014); assistant stage manager for Fiddler on the Roof; production assistant for Macbeth and Lend Me a Tenor; as well as a Violin Minstrel On the Green for three seasons. A recent graduate of DeSales, her credits include production stage manager for Me and My Girl, Merry Christmas, George Bailey!, Harvey, various dance concerts and company manager for Act 3’s Sleeping Beauty.

ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION

AEA was founded in 1913 as the first of the American actor unions. Equity’s mission is to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Today, Equity represents more than 40,000 actors, singers, dancers and stage managers working in hundreds of theatres across the United States. Equity members are dedicated to working in the theatre as a profession, upholding the highest artistic standards.

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