3B to present “Little Mermaid” in Maumee, July 21-24

Submitted by 3B PRODUCTIONS

3B Productions will present “Disney’s The Little Mermaid, the Musical,” July 21 through July 24 at the Maumee Indoor Theatre.

Performance schedule is: Thursday July 21 – 8 p.m. Friday, July 22 – 8 p.m. Saturday, July 23 – 2:30 p.m. . Saturday, July 23 – 8 p.m. Sunday, July 24 – 2:30 p.m. Conversations with the cast and crew immediately follow each performances.

Tickets are $15 general seating. For tickets, visit www.3Bproductions.org, or stop in at The Maumee Indoor Theatre.

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” is a  love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and a book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable includes the songs “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” and “Part of Your World.”

Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above and bargains with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull, and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.

Joe Barton will direct this Disney classic at the intimate Maumee Indoor Theatre He will be supported in bringing this vision to the Maumee Indoor stage by musical director Jennifer Bollinger, choreographer/assistant director Bob Marzola, and scenic designer Jesse Bernal.

Maumee High School’s Joelle Stiles joins the cast of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” as Ariel, having last been seen in 3B Productions, “Legally Blonde.” An honor student, a member of Select Choir, and a member of Panther Productions Drama Club, Joelle was a dancer for ten years at Dance Expressions with classes in tap, ballet, and jazz. She has been performing in musicals since she was 11 years old and has been in over 20 productions, including “Shrek the Musical,” “Children of Eden,” and “Into the Woods.” She also has worked behind the scenes on lights, sound, backstage, and has stage managed, and in “The Sound of Music” (Maria) at Maumee High School. “This is an incredible opportunity, who doesn’t want to play a Disney princess. It’s a dream come true.”, said Joelle.

Sarah Matlow plays the evil sea witch bent on taking control of the ocean by manipulating King Triton’s youngest daughter. Sarah will be attending Ohio Northern University to study musical theater performance, and arts administration. She is no stranger to 3B Productions. Some of her favorite rolls include Yonah (“Children of Eden'” Fiona (“Shrek the Musical”) for 3B. She has also performed with many other community theatre groups which include roles such as Bet (“Oliver”) for the Croswell Opera House, and Maria Rainer (“Sound of Music”) for Bedford High School.

3B Productions Summer Youth Shows contain an all star cast of local young talent from over 20 Schools in NW Ohio and southeast Michigan. Actors such as Jonathan Crawford , Logan Maccariella, Max Lay, Noah Halaoui, Drew Longmore, and many many more.

Jonathan Crawford, (Prince Eric) a Senior at Toledo School for the Arts. Jonathan is involved with numerous theatre and dance companies in the Northwest Ohio region including 3B Productions, Waterville Playshop, Summerstock Toledo, The Toledo Repertoire Theatre, Luminescence Dance Theatre, Inspire Dance, Limitless Dance Co., and the Toledo School for the Arts theatre program.

Andrew Nauden will be portraying Sebastian in his 5th and final 3B Productions Teen show. Andrew has received three awards from The Ohio Community Theatre Association for his roles as Cain in “Children of Eden,” Shrek in “Shrek the Musical,” and Coalhouse in “Ragtime” all through 3B productions. In the fall Andrew will be attending Ithaca College pursuing a BFA in Musical Theater. He is excited to pursue what he loves and have fun doing it.

Ariel’s nervous best friend Flounder is played by Madi Wojtowicz in her 3B production debut. Theatre has always been Madi’s passion in life, even when she was 7. As an incoming sophomore at Maumee High School, “The Little Mermaid” will be her 20th production. Some of her favorite roles include Liesl in “The Sound of Music” with Maumee High School and Oregon Community Theatre, Peaseblossom in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with the Toledo Rep, Marian the Librarian in “Music Man Jr.” with Gateway Middle School, Small Alice in “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” with Oregon Community Theatre, and Thing 1 in “Seussical” with Maumee High School. At her school, Madi is also involved in the MHS Drama Club and Select Choir.

“The Little Mermaid” performs July 21st and runs through July 24th at The Maumee Indoor Theatre, 601 Conant St, Maumee, OH 43537.

Tickets are $17 preferred seating (first five rows), $15 adults, $13 students/seniors. For tickets, visit www.3Bproductions.org, or stop in at The Maumee Indoor Theatre.