It’s been 25 years since Disney released their Hans Christian Anderson-inspired musical film “The Little Mermaid” and enthralled a generation of kids. It was so beloved, it launched a franchise that included a Broadway musical that, when it closed Aug. 30, 2009, ran for 685 performances.

The Azalea City Center for the Arts and Sunny Side Theater are now bringing a version of the beloved play to life. They will stage “The Little Mermaid, Jr.,” something director Chris Paragone is calling a “scaled-down version.”

Don’t let the description fool you. The play has more than 100 performers ranging in age from K through 12, and drawing from 19 area schools. It also called for some creative flexibility in designing costumes for the panoply of sea creatures that comprise its company, with some of the actors’ parents lending a hand.

Paragone assured fans this condensed adaptation doesn’t scrimp on the best parts, which would include the crowd-pleasing musical numbers “Under the Sea” and “Kiss the Girl.”

Thursday and Friday curtain is at 6:30 p.m. Saturday boasts two shows at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The Sunday matinee is at 2 p.m.

Entrance is $10 for adults, $8 for students and $5 for children. Tickets are available at the box office the day of the show.

For more info, call 251-510-1808.

The Little Mermaid, Jr.
Where: Moorer Center for Performing Arts, St. Luke’s Upper School Campus (1400 University Blvd.)
When: May 1-4