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Cast of Disney's "The Little Mermaid' at The Muny
Emma Degerstedt (Ariel), with The Muny cast of Disney's "The Little Mermaid', courtesy of The Muny

Disney's "The Little Mermaid' Is Live at The Muny
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, June 18, 2017 - The Little Mermaid, at The Muny, June 20 - 29, is geared toward children and appropriate for all ages. Headstrong Princess Ariel dreams of a life on land far from her ocean home, and she's willing to risk her Father's love and wrath to find it.

Ariel, King Triton's youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining 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.

Scenes involving Ursula and her "magic" may be scary for young children, but this is also true of the popular Disney movie. It features Academy Award-winning songs "Part of Your World," "Under the Sea" and "Kiss the Girl," along with many new tunes written for the stage version.

In adapting the film into a live stage musical, several significant changes were made. The storm at sea is simplified, and Eric merely falls overboard. His sheepdog, Max, is not included.

Ursula's nautilus shell embodies her power and she uses the shell to spy on Ariel, while in the film she used Flotsam and Jetsam for that purpose. Ursula's alter ego, Vanessa, is not included, which omits Ursula's scheme of Eric's brainwashing. At the ball, a singing contest is held to win Eric's heart. In the musical, Ariel defeats Ursula by destroying the nautilus shell.

Muny officials would like to remind theatergoers of its entrance procedures. As has been the case for several seasons, all bags, purses, backpacks and soft-sided coolers will be checked for prohibited items before entering the theatre. The list of prohibited items includes: weapons, glass bottles, aluminum cans and alcohol. Hard-sided coolers are also not allowed inside the theatre. Entrances to the paid seats will again open at 7:30pm each night.

The pre-show plaza behind the 1,450 Free Seats will open at 6pm, with admission to the Free Seats beginning at 7pm, as it has in the past. The only difference for 2017 is that the lines will begin forming outside of the plaza, rather than at the gate, until bag checks begin at 6pm. Performances start at 8:15 p.m.

Upper Muny parking lot in Forest Park
Clearer, safer parking and new landscaping welcomes visitors to the Upper Muny parking lot in Forest Park.

Flags for Shows at The Muny in Forest Park
Colorful flags spotlight productions for the 2015 Season of The Muny in Forest Park.
The Muny began in 1916 in Forest Park with a tribute to William Shakespeare. As You Like It, produced by Shakespearean actress Margaret Walsh Anglin featured over 200 St. Louisians playing a variety of roles on a gently sloping hill.

In 1917, concrete was poured for the production of Aida by Guy Golterman of the St. Louis Grand Opera Committee. The success of that event prompted St. Louis Mayor Henry Kiel to formally establish the Municipal Theatre Association of St. Louis in 1919.

From the beginning, The Muny set aside 1,456 free seats at the back of the theatre in order for the shows to be affordable to all. During its history, The Muny has produced and presented grand operas, concerts, operettas and ballet troupes.

The Muny is located on Theatre Drive, just north of the Jewel Box. In front of the entrance to The Muny, patrons and visitors to the park can enjoy the serene beauty of The Pagoda which is surrounded by water.

In 1998, The Muny completed the renovation of the stage area and backstage area as part of it Capital Improvement Campaign. Over $3 million was spent on new concession stands and doubling the number of womens bathrooms. In 2000, nearly 12,000 seats were replaced at the outdoor amphitheatre and the parking lots were resurfaced. A plaza was added east of the entrance. The area surrounding the Pagoda and the entrance was landscaped with plants, antique lights, sidewalks and bridges featuring decorative columns.

The tradition of The Muny continues with Broadway musicals from mid-June through mid-August in Forest Park.

For more information, call 314-361-1900.

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