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Disney's The Little Mermaid
February 16 - 20, 2022

Disney’s The Little Mermaid  is the story of a magical kingdom beneath the sea, and a beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, who longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. It is a story about finding a world where you belong — a lovable, fun production that provides a good time and an interesting take on the film. Join us “Under the Sea!”


Please contact the box office at 757-452-6780 with questions.

Director's Notes

“Life itself is the most wonderful fairytale” - Hans Christian Andersen 

We have been on quite the journey the past 2 years. Our lives have been as unpredictable as the sea. Sometimes it’s low tide, sometimes it’s high tide...ebbing and flowing with the movement of the current. So, what better time to come together and hold on to a steadfast in this production - the courage to love.  

For Norfolk Academy’s 40th musical, and in this Year of Togetherness, I chose this show because we needed a production that would bring us the love and JOY that we so desperately need. Based on a beloved Hans Christian Andersen fable that was first published in 1837, The Little Mermaid is a Romeo & Juliet love story for all ages, one that has captivated generations of children and adults.   Even Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda, who co-wrote new songs for The Little Mermaid ‘s 2019 Live TV adaptation, his love for the Disney film and how it shaped his childhood, saying, “I remember calling in sick from school on the day it came out on VHS — so that I could be the first to get it!”  

We can all sing along with “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” and “Part of Your World.” 
We know the difference between a ‘Dinglehopper’ and a ‘Snarfblatt.’ 

But, beneath its whimsical surface, The Little Mermaid also teaches us that we shouldn’t take life for granted...that we should look to see what’s right in front of us. As Ariel longs for the world above, we also tend to look for something ‘better’ in our own lives - not seeing that we are taking for granted what we already have: our families and friendships, our education, and our health. Happiness is within our grasp, no matter the obstacles. So long as we are secure in who we are and are unafraid to step outside of our comfort zone, we can find love and happiness.  

The outstanding cast, crew, and production team I’ve had the privilege to work with have been gifts, and not ones I take for granted. And performing in front of you – a LIVE audience - is a privilege these students are not taking for granted!  

Last year, we adapted to the pandemic and performed NA’s first radio play, It’s a Wonderful Life. As a result, this is the first time on stage, or behind the scenes, for many of our cast and crew. Yet, they are working their hearts out to give you—and themselves—a gift of joy. This show has not had a typical creative or rehearsal process, but that very fact makes it a tribute to what love and dedication look like. These students have worked hard for months, through the ebb and flow of Covid, missed rehearsals and continual mask changes, because they love theatre and their Academy Players family.  

My hope is that you leave the theatre humming and that your cheeks are tired from smiling...that today only brings happiness and light into your lives. Enjoy the show! 

Caroline Bisi

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All tickets: $1
Wednesday, February 16 and Thursday, February 17 at 4 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Norfolk Academy Bookstore.

Child/Student/Senior: $5   
Adult: $10
Friday, February 18 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 19 & Sunday, February 20 at 3 p.m.
Questions?  Call the box office at 757-452-6780.


Masks will be required at all times in the Johnson Theater, as well as in the Ruffin Lobby. We would ask that patrons avoid congregating in the Ruffin Lobby before or after the performance. We are limiting ticket sales to 50% of the theater’s capacity, leaving room for at least one seat between adjacent audience members. Family groups will be allowed to sit side-by side if they choose to do so, allowing for space between family groups.