Thursday, June 6, 2019

‘Disney’s Little Mermaid’ opening at the Alhambra

When the Alhambra Theatre & Dining opens its production of “Disney’s Little Mermaid,” there will be a real live “mermaid” in the house.  Grace Gibbons has been one of the most recent actors to play as Aerial at Orlando’s Walt Disney World, and she will be taking center stage as Aerial.

The Alhambra stage will be turned into an undersea wonderland thanks to set designer Dave Dionne.  The Alhambra has invested in new lighting for the show, giving the room the feel of water rising and falling to delineate between the “merworld” and the human world.  “Our goal is always to provide a great theatrical experience, and some challenge more than others.  This has been a really fun set to build and think through,” said Dionne.

Executive Chef DeJuan Roy has created a menu based on this Under The Sea theme.
First Course (choice of one): Watermelon & Tomato Salad with arugula, feta cheese, red onion and balsamic vinaigrette (GF), or Manhattan Clam Chowder.
Second Course (choice of one): Shrimp & Leek Gratin rice pilaf, roasted asparagus *GF*, OR House-Made Giant Meatballs & Spaghetti served with garlic bread, or BBQ Beef Brisket with baked beans, potato salad *GF*, or David’s Taco Salad, a tortilla bowl filled with Spanish rice, roasted vegetables, black beans, roasted corn, cheese, salsa & sour cream.
Third Course (choice of one): Fruit Loops™ Strawberry Cupcake with berry compote, fresh crème, or Mango Rice Pudding.
In addition to a three-course dinner, the Alhambra also presents a Kid-friendly Buffet consisting of: Corn Dog, Pepperoni Pizza, Tater Tots and Green Beans.

Adapted from the 1989 Disney animated film, The Little Mermaid is actually based on the story by Hans Christian Anderson.  Set deep on the ocean floor in the merfolk kingdom, a concert in honor of a thwarted coup d'état by Ursula is underway, being performed by the daughters of Triton the sea king. King Triton's court composer, Sebastian the crab, has composed a song for girls to perform ("Daughters of Triton").  However, the youngest daughter, Ariel, is not there for her solo, bringing the concert to a halt.  Ariel has forgotten about the concert and is swimming around the surface, admiring a new item for her collection — a fork.  She reveals that she is fascinated with the human world ("The World Above").  Together with her best friend Flounder, Ariel visits Scuttle and his fellow seagulls to ask about the human things she's collected, and he explains them somewhat erroneously as "Human Stuff".  It is in the human world that she meets Prince Eric, and romance – and some mayhem – ensue.

Disney’s Little Mermaid musical was nominated for multiple awards in 2008, including a Tony® Award for Best Original Score, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical and a Grammy® for Best Musical Show Album.  It ran on Broadway for nearly 700 shows and 50 previews.  It also ran during numerous US tours and in 10 countries.

The Little Mermaid”

June 12, 2019 through July 28, 2019

SHOW TIMES: Evening shows Tuesday through Sunday start at 7:30 p.m.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and dinner is served until 7:30 p.m. 
Saturday Matinees begin at 1:15 p.m.  Doors open at 11 a.m. and the brunch served until 12:50 p.m.  Sunday Matinees are at 2 p.m.  Doors open at 12 p.m. and the meal is server until 1:30 p.m.  NB: The curtain will rise at 7:30 PM for evenings shows, rather than the traditional 8:00 PM start.

DRESS: “Gala Night” (Friday June 14, 2019) attire is “Dressy/Formal/Black Tie”, or Under the Sea.  All other shows could be “Business Casual”, “Sunday Best”, or Little Mermaid.

TICKETS: Prices range from $40 – $66.  The Alhambra bills its summer show as its “Family Show,” offering an earlier starting time and lower pricing to attract more families to come to the venerable theater.  A Family Four Pack is available for $159.  Ticket prices include: a plated three-course meal that changes for each show, and is served directly to your table; a Broadway-style performance and complimentary parking.  Tickets may be purchases
on line, or by calling (904) 641-1212.
     **Prices do NOT include gratuity, professional photos, or orders from the bar**

LOCATION: Alhambra Theater & Dining
12000 Beach Blvd.
       Jacksonville, Florida 32246
       (904) 641-1212

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