Go underwater with The Little Mermaid

Oklahoma City Ballet will present a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s story of The Little Mermaid, which has ignited the imagination of the young and young-at-heart for generations.

In this world premiere ballet, choreographed by Artistic Director Robert Mills, we follow a young mermaid who is willing to give up her identity and her life in the sea to gain a human soul. This incredible tale of sacrifice for eternal love will feature multimedia projections and spectacular sets and costumes.

This version will be inspired by the Andersen story but with a twist organizers say only Mills can bring to the stage. 

This version of the classic tale tells the story of The Little Mermaid, who dwells in an underwater kingdom and becomes enchanted by the world above.

Artistic Director Robert Mills will bring a version to the stage that will not have any singing lobsters.

It will instead feature video projections and the music of Alexander Zemlinksy, Alexander Borodin and other classical composers of the era.

Patrons can expect to see the beautiful Little Mermaid, the evil Sea Witch, and the handsome prince, with whom the Little Mermaid falls in love.

This family-friendly ballet will “be bright and colorful, touching at moments, and sad at moments, with an uplifting end,” said Mills.

“Guests will love the extraordinary sets and costumes, and the video projections to make the underwater world come to life on stage.” 

As an added treat, children are invited to make a craft as a keepsake, sponsored and provided by Oklahoma Contemporary. Following the 2 p.m. Sunday matinee performance, dancers from The Little Mermaid will be available in the main lobby for photos and autographs, while patrons can enjoy refreshments.

Performances are on Friday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m.

Single tickets start at $15 and are available starting January 8. Tickets may be purchased by calling Oklahoma City Ballet (405) 848-TOES (8637), online at www.okcballet.org or at their box office located at 6800 N. Classen in OKC.

Tickets are also available by calling the Civic Center Box office at (405) 297-2264.

All performances are at the Civic Center Music Hall, 201 North Walker, Oklahoma City. For more information visit www.okcballet.org

The Gayly. January 26, 2018. 10:21 a.m. CST.