Fringe Review: The Little Mermaid Ballet
Children’s Show Review: Rachael Lindsay Pasierowska
eld under the spell of the wicked witch of the sea, the little mermaid (Kazlyn Nielsen) must resort to other means in order to win the handsome prince’s heart. Will she pull it off without her beautiful voice, or will she be imprisoned within the evil witch’s undersea fortress forevermore?
The Little Mermaid Ballet is a great outing for the whole family and a definite ‘must’ for any parent begging for a moment’s peace and quiet as the never-ending school holidays finally draw to a close. Children of all ages will be spellbound not just by the wicked witch’s power, but by well-executed pirouettes and pliés. The dancing is nothing short of magical – a real credit to this incredibly young cast.
Producers and dancers alike have gone to great effort to ensure that The Little Mermaid is understandable for children of all ages, making this a perfect ‘first’ ballet. True to tradition, the costumes are a forté of this production. Looking like they’ve just stepped out of a Disneyland wardrobe, this mélange of both amateur and professional dancers make the stage glitter and shimmer – likely causing many to wish they hadn’t quit ballet after their first lesson because they couldn’t quite do the splits.
Make sure that your child’s favourite Disney’s Little Mermaid costume is washed and batteries are in the camera, as you’ll want to go Kodak-crazy when the children are invited to meet the cast at the end of the show.