With its colorful underwater scenery, cast of returning performers and a new touring agenda, Inland Pacific Ballet's "The Little Mermaid" is ready to transport Inland families.
"The scenery is beautiful, and so are the costumes," said Jennifer Friel, who plays the title role in the production. "The dancing is more contemporary ballet, so it's more accessible ... and it's only about an hour and a half long, so it's a good length for younger kids."
Although the production is an annual event for Inland Pacific, this is the first time it has been a touring show.
The show opened at the Haugh Performing Arts Center in Glendora last weekend and will move on to Bridges Auditorium in Claremont on Saturday and Sunday, then the Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga on March 20-21 and closing at the Warner Grand Theater in San Pedro on March 27-28.
"The Little Mermaid" premiered in 2002 and launched Inland Pacific's series for young audiences featuring original ballets adapted from adventure-filled stories.
The show is based on the Hans Christian Anderson story but includes a surprise ending.
"We don't have a tragic ending -- we have our own unique ending that's happy," Friel said.
Other principle performers include Jonathan Sharp as the prince and Stephanie Orza as the sea witch.
"'The Little Mermaid' creates magic wherever we perform it," said Artistic Director Victoria Koenig. "The universal appeal of the story helps young audiences connect with the characters. This is by no means a 'kiddie' show, but rather a brilliant artistic collaboration that moves audiences beyond the Disney version and allows them to experience the story in a whole new way."
Tickets are $25 with special discounts for children, seniors and groups. For more information, visit www.mermaidlive.com.
Where: 450 N. College Way, Claremont
When: 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday
Lewis Family Playhouse
Where: Victoria Gardens Cultural Center, 12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga
When: 3 and 7:30 p.m. March 20; 2 p.m. March 21
Warner Grand Theatre
Where: 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro
When: 2 p.m. March 27; 2 p.m. March 28