Arizona Broadway Theatre brings Disney Magic to Yavapai College

Cassandra Klaphake as Ursula in Arizona Broadway Theatre’s production of “The Little Mermaid.”

Cassandra Klaphake as Ursula in Arizona Broadway Theatre’s production of “The Little Mermaid.”

Splash down under the sea next weekend for some Disney magic at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center as Arizona Broadway Theatre presents "The Little Mermaid." The first partnership between Arizona Broadway Theatre and Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, the show stars Jill-Christine Wiley, Patton Chandler, Cassandra Klaphake, Mark DiConzo, Aaron Ronelle and many more.

In a press release, Executive Producer and Founder of Arizona Broadway Theatre Kiel Klaphake said that he is hopeful this will be the first of many partnerships between the two organizations.

"It has been wonderful seeing the dedication YCPAC has to bring more professional theater to their community," he said. "They truly value the growth of performing arts in the state as much as we do."

Wiley, the production's Ariel, said that she has been infatuated with musical theater since she was 8 years old, seeing "The Sound of Music" with her mother. She said it was the only thing she wanted to do. And now, based in Manhattan, Wiley said she had auditioned for 14 different productions of "The Little Mermaid" and is quite excited to perform in this one.

For her Arizona Broadway Theatre debut, Wiley said she has loved working with the organization

"I've had to learn new skill sets, primarily flying," she said, stating that swimming through water in the show is conveyed through flight. "It's taken me out of my comfort zone."

Wiley said the show is great for everyone, bringing that Disney magic. She said the audience will leave the theater humming and singing the songs.

Almost everyone knows the film, but there are a few differences between the musical and the film. Wiley said there are additional songs, such as a quartet with Ariel, Sebastian, Triton and Flounder. Eric also gets to sing, and even Ariel has a song in the second act, she said, adding that even though Ariel can't talk in the film, she's communicating with the audience in this play.

Arizona Broadway Theatre will present "The Little Mermaid" at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St., at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $20-$60 and can be purchased online at www.ycpac.com.

- Jason Wheeler, The Daily Courier