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The Magic of The Little Mermaid Comes to Life

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My children’s love of musical theater began with Musical Theater Orange County‘s (MTOC) production of Tarzan. Each year around May, my children ask when the next production of MTOC will come out, and each year I tell them the same thing, July. The Little Mermaid was our 4th experience with MTOC, and like each production before, we were not disappointed.

After last year’s Beauty and the Beast, I started following MTOC on Facebook and Instagram and kept up to date on their goings on. I was surprised to see how much they did throughout the year from musical theater, Capella group, Improv classes, acting, puppetry, as well as technical theater workshops. Year round MTOC was helping their talented students cultivate their art. Located in Anaheim their evening classes cap at 10 students and run about two months long. If you or your child is interested in being trained in the arts, I would highly recommend checking their classes out at www.mtoc.org for a unique experience. As I previously mentioned, I had been following MTOC for a while waiting to see what their next production would be and then I saw it auditions for Little Mermaid in April!

Since April I have been watching the show grow before my eyes. From sneak peeks at rehearsals, to costumes and props, I was getting bite sized nuggets of the show for months which really made me more and more excited for what was to come.

Talking about costumes and props, MTOC always brings their A game, but this year they added even more, puppets and not just any puppets, high-quality professional Disney puppeteering type of puppets. This past February Disney announced that they were phasing out their beloved Disney Junior puppeteering show which broke many hearts including mine; luckily MTOC was able to incorporate the art into The Little Mermaid, taking the show to the next level.

I cannot think of a single place in Orange County that could bring this special experience to not only its student but also the audience. Being trained by puppeteering masters and using high-quality puppets is unheard of; I was so impressed by not only the puppets but the execution of the art. I truly couldn’t imagine this production being successfully done in any other way.

Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved story and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a beautiful love story about a spunky mermaid whose love of being a human was almost as great as her love of a prince. MTOC takes the audience on a colorful journey to see how Ariel swims her way into the prince’s heart.

With familiar and new musical numbers as well a colorful cast of sea loving characters, you and your family are sure to love MTOC’s The Little Mermaid as much as the cartoon. As the show wrapped up and we were applauding the wonderful production, the most beautiful thing happened. As the cast gave its final bow, a young gentleman walked on stage towards Kristin Atkins (Ariel). He then got down on his knee and asked Kristin to be his wife. Tears were streaming down my cheeks as my smile grew wider and wider, what a special ending to a beautiful play. Thank you MTOC for such a memorable experience once again.

The Little Mermaid will be at the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District’s Performing Arts Center, 1651 Valencia Ave., Placentia. 7:30 p.m. July 21-22, 28-29, 3 p.m. July 23 and 30, 2 p.m. July 29. Tickets are selling quickly so be sure to visit www.mtoc.org to buy yours. Recommended for ages 3 & up. Show Length: 2 hours 30 minutes, with a 15-minute intermission.

I’m an OC mom of two and photographer. I love living in Southern California and want to expose my children to all that it offers. I love taking my kids on adventures and capturing their every moment so much so that my kids find it odd if I don’t take their pictures. You can see my work on facebook.com/photosbynaz.
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