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"The Little Mermaid
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Ott, Drama Teacher, St. Anthony Middle School, Kailua, Hawaii
"I was very happy with the results of your Little Mermaid script
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Nelson, O'Gorman High School, Sioux Falls, SD
just finished performing The Little Mermaid, and I must say that was
another amazing play you have written!"
Herder, Take A Bow Productions, Chatham, Ontario
"My Drama Club performed the Little Mermaid last year. It
was a huge success!"
The School Play Package gives you the freedom
to adapt the script to your needs. Add characters, lines,
songs, dances. You also have the rights to make a DVD/Video of
your special performance!
had so much fun with The Little Mermaid and what makes it extra
special is the CD with sound effects and songs!"
Black, Director, Children's Theatre Company, Goderich, Ontario
Teachers, this musical children's
is written just for you and your students. It is a faithful telling
of the story you know so well,
simplified for young performers. Best of all, it's lots
of fun for everyone!
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Fun and easy lyrics are set to familiar tunes such as Blow the Man
Down, Brahms Lullaby and Alouette. The CD of background music
and sound effects gives it a professional touch!
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This School Play, Children's Musical Play,
The Little Mermaid requires no professional experience in theatre. It
is written in simple terms with lots of practical suggestions.
Open staging! Your gymnasium, cafeteria or any other large room is
perfect for a staging of The Little Mermaid.
for Grades 1 and Up!
The Little Mermaid has lots of humor, fun and helpful directing tips.
A beautiful musical soundtrack:
The Little Mermaid has a
backing track CD with familiar tunes. Songs are easy for
children to learn and perform.
"The script for The Little Mermaid was so much fun and easy to perform."
Nelson, O'Gorman High School, Sioux Falls
The Little Mermaid
Play for Young People, Kids to Perform!
Running Time: About 45 minutes
Flexible Cast of About 24-39
(39 roles listed below - 10
Female, 7 Male, 23 F/M
(King of Mermen) (M, 39 lines)
NEPTUNE #1 (M, 18 lines)
NEPTUNE #2 (M, 21 lines)
(Marquis) (M/F, 41 lines)
MARLIN #1 (M/F, 29 lines)
MARLIN #2 (M/F, 12 lines)
GILL (M/F, 20 lines)
OCTO (M/F, 20 lines)
MACK (M/F, 20 lines)
FLOW (M/F, 20 lines)
PEARL (M/F, 20 lines)
SEAL (M/F, 20 lines)
(Queen of Humans) (F, 42 lines)
ODESSA #1 (F, 23 lines)
ODESSA #2 (F, 19 lines)
CECIL (M/F, 11 lines)
SNICKER (M/F, 10 lines)
SNEAK (M/F, 10 lines)
(Flamingo) (M/F, total 67 lines)
ARUBA #1 (M/F, 27 lines)
ARUBA #2 (M/F, 25 lines)
ARUBA #3 (M/F, 15 lines)
(M/F, total 65 lines)
FINNY #1 (M/F, 21 lines)
FINNY #2 (M/F, 27 lines)
FINNY #3 (M/F, 14 lines)
(Mermaid Princess) (F, total: 47 lines + song)
ANNABELLE #1 (F, 10 lines)
ANNABELLE #2 (F, 6 lines)
ANNABELLE #3 (F, 14 lines + song)
ANNABELLE #4 (F, 14 lines)
ANNABELLE #5 (F, No lines, very
ANNABELLE #6 (F, 3 significant
CALICO JACK (M/F, 19 lines, sings)
CAPTAIN SLAPPY (M/F, 19 lines, sings)
BILLY BONES (M/F, 18 lines, sings)
SCURVY DOG (M/F, 17 lines, sings)
EDWARD (M, 35 lines)
PRINCE #1 (M, 20 lines)
PRINCE #2 (M, 15 lines)
DUKE of CHARLESTON (M, 23 lines)
ISLAND CASTLE SERVANTS:
PHILIPPE (Chef) (M/F, 13 lines + song)
MISS CALLALOO (F, 14 lines)
GINGER (F, 13 lines)
NUTMEG (F, 12 lines)
REV GUMBO (Preacher) (M/F, 8 lines)
*PERFORMERS (M/F, 21 lines)
*ANNABELLE is broken into 6
parts because you will probably have lots of girls who'd like to be
the Little Mermaid. These parts may be combined for a smaller cast.
*NEPTUNE, MARLIN, ODESSA &
PRINCE are fairly large roles that can be divided into two parts, as
suggested, if necessary. However, if you want to retain larger
roles for particularly advanced players you may choose to have these
played by just one actor.
*PERFORMERS are young people
seated in the front row that surrounds the playing area. They
are always involved and often sing, speak together and play
percussion instruments as part of the production, as indicated in the
script. They may also be assigned to play the above characters
in addition to their participation as PERFORMERS.
*ARUBA and FINNY may be
represented by puppets: ARUBA, the flamingo, may have a hat like
headpiece with a super long pink neck that snakes above his head with
a stick attached at the throat/neck. The performer uses the stick to
turn the bird's head when he speaks. The performer uses a kazoo and
toots on it whenever ARUBA is excited or needs to show emphasis.
FINNY, the fish, may be represented by a windsock on a pole.
The performer hovers the windsock overhead during conversation and
sails and swoops through the air, as if swimming, when excited.
to Adapt for Your School or Theatre!
Old Rochester Regional Jr High School, VT
The School Play Package gives you the rights to adapt the
script, add characters, lines, songs! You also have the rights
to make a Video/DVD of your special performance!
New lyrics are set to these
"Blow the Man Down"
(SAILORS) - Traditional sea shanty.
(ANNABELLE) - Classical composition.
- Traditional French folk song.
(GINGER, NUTMEG, PERFORMERS) - Traditional.
IS THIS PLAY BEST FOR YOUR SCHOOL?
especially for young people to perform.
While you may find large cast
plays from other publishers, most of those were originally written
for adults or
professional actors to
perform. They often contain difficult dialogue, unfamiliar or
complex language, and speeches too long for young children to
memorize. They may even contain jokes, innuendos and subject matter
that may not be appropriate for children.
understand and memorize.
Dialogue is simple, fresh, quick
and humorous, keeping the action flowing without stops and starts
between scenes. This keeps young people and young audiences engaged
throughout the performance - no awkward pauses, no dead-time, no wiggles!
All children are involved
throughout the performance. This builds confidence, promotes team
spirit and eliminates rehearsal rowdiness. The audience is often
asked to join in the fun, and action often spills into the aisles!
All of our SCHOOL PLAYS give suggestions on how to divide up large
parts (such as Dorothy in Wizard of Oz) among several performers so
that no one child is the "star".
stories with upbeat endings.
The story line stays as close as
possible to the familiar story the kids already know. While
some authors feel the need to "improve" the story, our
SCHOOL PLAYS stay as close to the familiar narrative as possible,
making it easier for children - and your audience - to understand.
to edit! Go ahead and tape it!
Most publishers insist that no
changes may be made to their scripts. We know that your
goal is to engage every child in the most meaningful way and that
your needs are unique. Cut, eliminate, re-assign lines, or add
as much as you like! Also, there are no restrictions on video
tapes. Parents want a tape or DVD to remember their child's big
moment. Go ahead and tape away!
Kathryn Schultz Miller
is one the most prolific and most produced playwrights for
children. Her script, A THOUSAND CRANES, won the National
Endowment for the Arts Playwright Award (and countless others) at a
time when plays for children were not considered serious works. Now,
many of her published scripts are considered classics for young
audiences. When teachers voiced their need for great plays that
kids can perform Ms. Miller responded with ArtReachs School
Plays: I never dreamed Id write for anyone other
than professionals. But writing for child performers has been
the most profound and rewarding experience of my life.
FROM THE PLAYWRIGHT
past few years we've seen a
tremendous increase of confidence in the teachers we hear from.
Most are finding it easier to let the process flow and worry less
about the final product. I firmly believe that the experience
will be best for all when you keep a few things in mind:
yourself from worry about whether
or not it's "good". No one is paying big ticket
prices; no one expects a Broadway success. The key to making
this project meaningful is to put the emphasis on process; realize
that rehearsal and practice are as much a part of the experience as
the actual performance. Encourage fun and you will free the
children from embarrassment and stress. If the kids can't learn
the lines let them carry a script or use their own words to convey
the character's message. If they seem to wander the stage, let
them explore where they want to go - they might surprise you with a
wonderful idea. In every aspect of the process give them the
wings to create and think. Give them a comfortable, supportive
place to go and their confidence and self-expression will soar!
all else, make sure you are
having fun. If you've never directed a play before, don't
worry. It's all just pretend -- you can't do it wrong!
The quality of your experience is every bit as important as that of
the children. You need the joy of self-expression too, that
doesn't go away when we grow up. So give yourself a break.
And when all else fails, laugh!
so much for choosing The
I hope you and your young friends have as much fun performing this
play as I did writing it.
Great Roles for Lots of Kids!
Lindsey Elementary, Chesterland OH - Old
Rochester Regional Jr High VT
did this play by myself with 32 kids meeting for an hour a week
during the school year. Everyone said it was our best play ever
and I believe it is because of your script."
Keith Wagner, Saint Paul School, Leesburg, FL
Cues, sound effects, background
The CD Soundtrack contains
special sound effects and background music (public domain
traditional-classical) that may be used to greatly enhance the
performance. It also contains simple music to accompany the
performers as they sing to three familiar melodies - "Blow the
Man Down", "Brahms Lullaby" and "Alouette" (song
cues shown below in red). It does not contain music and songs
from the popular animated film or Broadway musical. Cues have 10
seconds of silence at the end - times shown below include silence.
[ Click on [sample]
to hear a short sample of the indicated cues ]
1. OCEAN, UNDERWATER,
THUNDER (1:10) [sample]
2. SINGING, BABY CRY,
3. ODESSA'S MANIACAL
4. BABY CRY, WHOOSHING
5. OCEAN, SAILORS, BLOW
THE MAN DOWN (2:08) [sample]
6. THUNDER, STORMY
SEA (1:40) [sample]
UNDERWATER (1:24) [sample]
8. THUNDER, STORM,
9. WAVES, BRAHMS
LULLABY (1:07) [sample]
10. ODESSA'S LAUGH (0:21)
11. ODESSA'S LAUGH (0:21) [sample]
12. CRASH, LAUGH, CHAOS,
14. NEPTUNE'S STORMY
15. SINGING, BRAHMS
LULLABY (1:02) [sample]
16. WEDDING WARM-UP MUSIC (0:41)
MARCH (1:34) [sample]
18. MAGICAL, BRAHMS
THE MAN DOWN (4:25) [sample]
(Curtain Call Finale) (1:59) [sample]
teachers choose familiar songs, obtain sheet music and insert these
songs into the play. We recognize that each school has a wide
variety of educational needs to fulfill and we invite you to be
creative in your use of our scripts; including changes or additions
that are appropriate for your students. As author/publisher of our
own creative works, we do ask that you obtain proper copyright
permission for any additions you might make - that responsibility is
up to you.
& Sound Resources Available on the Internet
Music, Song Books, CDs, DVDs, Sing-along,
Music Resources: Karaoke
CDs & Sheet
search Internet for karaoke cds or sheet music
for Kids to Learn, Perform & Enjoy!
Old Rochester Regional Jr High School, VT
children loved The Little Mermaid and so
audiences! I cast 26 children in the roles and they loved it
and we had full houses. We had so much fun with it and what
makes it extra special is the CD with sound effects and songs!"
Director, Children's Theatre Company, Goderich
Mermaid, Annabelle, wants to become human to marry the Prince.
Odessa, the evil Queen of Humans, tricks Annabelle and steals the
Little Mermaid's voice.
ODESSA: Human? HUMAN?????
Ha-ha! Did I hear someone say they want to be a... human????
ARUBA & FINNY: (Terrified,
pushing ANNABELLE forward.) She did.
ANNABELLE: Yes, I said it. And
I'm not ashamed of it. I do want to be human.
ODESSA: Of course you do.
Ah-ha! Of course you do! And that's why I'm here, dear child.
ANNABELLE: But what can you do?
SLITHERY SIRS: SSSSSSsssilencessssss!
CECIL: You Sssspeak when Sssssspoken to!
ODESSA: That's all right, Cecil.
I can see this is a very good little mermaid. Brave and
lovesick... Just like her father.
ANNABELLE: Do you know my father?
ODESSA: But of course. We're
old friends, my dear. I met him when you were very young.
ANNABELLE: But I've never seen you before.
ODESSA: I've been keeping just out of
sight. Watching, waiting. And I have lots of patience.
SLITHERY SIRS: ("Patience.")
ODESSA: Now come to me child.
Tell Odessa what's wrong.
ANNABELLE: Well, there was this human
in the water and he was drowning...
ODESSA: Ah, a sad story.
ANNABELLE: Yes, but I saved him you
see and then well, I guess I fell in love...
ODESSA: LOVE!!!! Ha-ha!
Now where have I heard that word before?
(SLITHERY SIRS snicker with her.)
So I suppose you'd like me to make you human, hmm?
ANNABELLE: You can do that?
ODESSA: That is my specialty.
ARUBA: No, Annabelle!
FINNY: Come on, Annabelle.
ODESSA: (Angry.) Let the
little mermaid speak! (Suddenly kind.) Go
on, my dear.
ANNABELLE: Please make me human.
I'll do anything you ask.
SLITHERY SIRS: (Thrilled.)
ARUBA & FINNY: (Horrified.)
ODESSA: I thought so.
Slithery Sirs, bring me the magic pot!
(SLITHERY SIRS hiss and scramble and return
with a flower pot.)
Now, my dear. The only thing I need from you
is a seed.
ANNABELLE: A seed?
ODESSA: In this case. Your voice.
ARUBA & FINNY: (Gasp!)
ODESSA: It's a very small price don't
you think? (Hums.) Just a little tune. I'll plant
it right in here.
ANNABELLE: Well, I guess I could give
you my voice.
ODESSA: Come, come. Hand it over.
(ANNABELLE sings softly, repeating lullaby she
sang to the PRINCE.)
Oh the sea's dark and deep
But for now you may sleep
You are safe here in my arms
I will keep you far from harm.
(ANNABELLE takes it from her mouth like a seed.)
PERFORMERS: No, Annabelle, no!
ANNABELLE: (To PERFORMERS.)
But if it will make me human.
ODESSA: I'm waiting...
(ANNABELLE hands it to ODESSA.)
(ODESSA plants it in pot.
SOUND CUE #12: Sudden crashing
music, ODESSA's laughter.
SLITHERY SIRS dance, hissing with
triumph!. SOUND CONTINUES.)
At last King Neptune! If I cannot have your
hand I will have your daughter! And when I am done the Kingdom
of the Sea will be mine!!! MINE!
(ODESSA and SIRS dance as ARUBA and FINNY slump
in sorrow and defeat.)
But don't tell your father what I've done.
(ANNABELLE begins to speak but nothing comes out.)
Oh, that's right! Ha-ha! You can't!
(SOUND CONTINUES: Loud chaos,
PERFORMERS use percussions and cymbals.
ODESSA and SLITHERY SIRS laugh and hiss demonically as they twirl in
victory! COURT enters with silk flags that twirl all around
playing area. During the chaos they remove ANNABELLE's
tail. ODESSA, SLITHERY SIRS and COURT exit.
SOUND CUE ENDS.
OPTIONAL TRANSITION: ODESSA
#1 exits, ODESSA #2 enters at next entrance and continues through the
end of the play.)
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