The Little Mermaid

The Charleston Light Opera Guild and the Clay Center present Disney's The Little Mermaid in the Meier Performance Hall at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences on August 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12, 2018.

The Charleston Light Opera Guild and the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences collaborate to present Disney's The Little Mermaid, based on the classic Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale and the wildly popular Disney film. This musical staging is funny and fanciful based on the book by Doug Wright and score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Glenn Slater. Faithful to the original movie, this expanded form features the rambunctious and persuasive song Under the Sea, the romantic expectation of Kiss the Girl and that anthem to longing and belonging Part of Your World.

Beautiful mermaid Ariel should be a happy girl – she lives in an enchanted undersea country, her father is a King, and she has the most beautiful singing voice. But she is a passionate, headstrong teenager and wants what she cannot have – to live on land. When she falls in love with a handsome human prince, Ariel is more determined than ever to gain a pair of legs. Her only option is to defy her furious father, and bargain with Ursula the Sea Witch, giving her voice as the price of entry onto dry land. With the help of Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and officious court composer Sebastian the crab, Ariel must wordlessly gain Prince Eric's love within three days – or lose her soul to the ambitious witch!



Saturday, June 2 at 10:00 AM or Sunday, June 3 at 6:00 PM.

No a capella, please! Prepare a classic Broadway song (bring sheet music for Guild accompanist if not singing from score). Scripts are provided.


Thursday, June 7 at 7:00 PM. Prompt!

Dress to dance; combinations are taught.

All auditions are held at the Charleston Light Opera Guild Theatre.



Nina Denton Pasinetti

Musical Director / Accompanist

David Patrick

Technical Director

Thomas P. Pasinetti


(Age 14 – Adult)

Ariel - lead; King Triton's youngest daughters; a mermaid; mezzo-soprano)

Prince Eric - lead; handsome monarch; baritone.

Ursula - lead; the Sea Witch and King Triton's sister; alto.

Sebastian - lead; a crab and advisor to King Triton; tenor.

King Triton - baritone.

Grimsby - guardian of Prince Eric; baritone.

Flounder - a fish and Ariel's best friend; tenor; treble/boy soprano.

Scuttle - a sea gull; expert in human artifacts; tenor.

Pilot - helmsman of Prince Eric's ship; baritone.

Chef Louis - the Palace chef; a culinary perfectionist; tenor.

Flotsam - an eel and lackey to Ursula; tenor.

Jetsam - an eel; the other lackey to Ursula; baritone.

Windward and Leeward - trumpet fish; either gender; heralds in King Triton's court.

Ariel's sisters - Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Atina, Allana and Adella; King Triton's lovely daughters; soprano and alto mix.

Dancers and Singers to portray Gulls, Maids, Chefs, Princesses