- $18 for one adult ticket and one child’s ticket to see The Little Mermaid (up to $35 value)
- When: Saturdays and Sundays, July 5–27, at 2 p.m.
- Where: Galli Theater
- Section: general admission
- Door time: 1:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid weaves Hans Christian Anderson’s story of near-tragic curiosity and sacrifice with colorful costumes and aquatic sets. Overcome by a desire to experience life on land, the titular heroine trades her beautiful voice to a sea witch for a pair of legs, with only the love of a prince able to save her from her mute curse.
Unlike Disney’s version of the tale, Galli Theater’s embraces the melancholy of the original. Not only does it swap out talking sea creatures for the protagonist’s inner monologue, but also, unlike Disney’s version and most toothpaste commercials, the girl may not get her guy in the end. Instead, she finds something far more important.
Actor, philosopher, and all-around Renaissance man Johannes Galli has spent more than 25 years adapting age-old stories for the modern child. Taking the grim out of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, each of his shows engages audiences with colorful onstage action, capturing youthful attentions while sneaking in important lessons about the power of kindness or the gradual extinction of witches. Pint-sized viewers aren’t expected to sit quietly, either. Actors interact directly with their audience, mixing with the crowd and even inviting wee ones on stage to aid in the storytelling.