Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr. is heading headway into its tech week. This past week we were brought up onto the Marshall Stage. This included reworking parts of the show and for the actors to finally experience what the stage they’re performing on feels like. We also got to try out the set pieces on stage. As we head into our final week before performances we will be adding lights, mics and costumes to the show.
For this current issue of this blog, I thought it would be very interesting reading this blog to learn about the differences between, the original Hans Christian Andersen tale, the Disney Movie and the stage musical.
The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen
- In this story, The Little Mermaid doesn’t have a name.
- In the book, the Sea Witch cuts off the Mermaid Tongue to conceal her voice.
- The Prince never married the Little Mermaid and ends up marrying another princess.
- If she doesn’t get the Prince, then the Little Mermaid turns into sea foam.
- The Sea Witch does not try to interfere with The Little Mermaid’s relationship with the Prince.
- The Little Mermaid plans at one point to kill her Prince, but decides she loves him too much, so she doesn’t, and then gains a soul and doesn’t turn into Sea Foam and ascends to heaven.
- The Little Mermaid’s name is Ariel.
- The Sea Witch uses a sea shell to conceal Ariel’s voice.
- The Prince also has a name, Prince Eric, and he marries Ariel in the ending.
- If Ariel does not get her Prince, then she will turn back into a Mermaid and belong to the Sea Witch.
- The Sea Witch does interfere with The Little Mermaid’s relationship with the Prince.
Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr. – Stage Version
- The Musical uses the classical tunes by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, and new songs by Glenn Slater and Alan Menken.
- The Musical includes new tunes for three characters including Flounder, Scuttle and Prince Eric that were not featured in the Disney film.
- The Shark Chase Sequence has been cut out of the stage version because of the difficulty to bring something like that on the stage.
- Max the Sheep Dog is not in the Stage Version.
- The Part of Flotsam and Jetsam is a bigger part compared to the Movie version, featuring a lot of stage time.
It’s interesting to see all the differences between each version – but they’ve all shaped the awesome show you’ll get to see next week!
Now, let’s meet some more characters!