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The Little Mermaid in Manilla

February 3rd, 2012

Theatre-goers in the Philippines got to experience something like no other last year, when local production company Atlantis Productions brought Disney’s stage adaptation of The Little Mermaid to Manila to round out their 2011 season.

But what really made this production so different? The director was able to incorporate traditional Asian elements into the show, creating a truly unique experience – a majority of the cast played puppeteer-actors who controlled wayang or shadow puppetsbunraku or traditional Japanese puppets, and nang kaloung or Cambodian puppets.

This marked the first international production of the show in Asia, and launched the musical theatre debut’s of mainstream Filipino recording and concert artists Rachelle Ann Go as Ariel and Erik Santos, as Prince Eric.

The Manila engagement is among the first stagings of the musical since the American Broadway production, which launched a pre-Broadway tryout in Denver, Colorado in July 2007, and officially opened in January 2008, closing August 2009 after 685 performance and 50 previews.

The show has also run in Israel, and and is slated to show in Brazil.

To see more photos from the Manila production, visit playbill.com

All images via of playbill.com

 

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