The Little Mermaid – Show Guidelines

Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.

The Little Mermaid is geared toward children and appropriate for all ages. Scenes involving Ursula and her “magic” may be scary for young children, but this is also true of the popular Disney movie. It features Academy Award-winning songs “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World,” along with many new tunes written for the stage version.

In adapting the film into a live stage musical, several significant changes were made. The storm at sea is simplified, and Eric merely falls overboard. His sheepdog, Max, is not included.

Ursula’s nautilus shell embodies her power and she uses the shell to spy on Ariel, while in the film she used Flotsam and Jetsam for that purpose. Ursula’s alter ego, Vanessa, is not included, which omits Ursula’s scheme of Eric’s brainwashing. At the ball, a singing contest is held to win Eric’s heart. In the musical, Ariel defeats Ursula by destroying the nautilus shell.


Language
The word hell is used once.

Violence
The musical contains the same dramatic scenes with the villain, Ursula, as the Disney movie.

Drug/Alcohol Use
Prince Eric makes one reference to drinking alcohol.

Mature Content & Sexual References
None.