An enchanting story of love, acceptance


Journey under the sea with the talented cast and crew from Mid Canterbury Children’s Theatre next week in their production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jnr.

The story, which follows the life of beautiful mermaid Ariel (played by Molly McKenna), has just announced two extra shows after the original times, limited to 100 people each, sold out.

Ariel is joined by aquatic creatures such as Flounder (Madeline Howden), Scuttle the seagull (Gus Watt), Caribbean crustacean Sebastian (Charlotte Livingstone), and her father King Triton (Dion Bayston), and has become captivated by the world upon the surface.

When she falls in love with the human Prince Eric (Oliver Munro), Ariel makes a deal with villainous sea witch Ursula (Brooke Miller) to become human herself and earn his love before a deadline runs out.

Ariel longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind to live in the world above. But first she’ll have to defy her father, make a deal with the evil sea witch and convince the handsome prince she is the girl for him.

The story takes an enchanting look at sacrifices made for love and acceptance. It is based on the beloved story by Hans Christian Andersen and a magical underwater kingdom.

Around 52 children, aged from seven to 18, have spent the past six months rehearsing, mostly at home, for the Ashburton production with support by a host of helpers backstage. There is an amazing production set and an array of colourful costumes.

The children’s theatre group has been running for the past 37 years, although took a break from the stage last year due to covid, and now cast and crew are primed and ready for action under director Cherie Livingstone, and musical director Jo Castelow and choreographer Jessie Thomson.

Some of the young performers have been part of the children’s theatre family for the past 10 years and will be appearing in their final stage production with the theatre group.

The shows at the Ashburton Trust Events Centre run from October 8 to 10. Extra shows have been added on October 9 (1pm) and October 10 (10am).

All tickets cost $25 (fees apply) and are available from the venue or website