Reporting Dave Crawley
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — “The Little Mermaid” is creating quite a splash in a CLO production at the Benedum Center.
The role of “Prince Eric” is played by Erie native Nick Adams.
“People that I grew up with at the Erie Playhouse as a kid, doing theater, are taking a trip down to Pittsburgh to see the show,” Adams says.
Jessica Gove, in the role of mermaid Ariel, says singing while floating through the air on a harness has made this the most physically demanding role she’s ever played.
“This is my flying harness,” she says, holding the device that keeps her hoisted in the air.
As for those wires that keep her aloft, she says, “They’re not very thick, actually. But I believe they could hold two tons each. So they are pretty safe.”
The actors say their efforts are rewarded by the enthusiastic response from some very young fans.
“They’re audible during the show,” Nick Adams says. “They will lean over to their parents and ask them something about the set, or what the character is doing. It’s funny to us, but I just love it. They’re really with it the whole time.”
“I love it when they come to the stage door afterward,” Gove adds. “It’s really rewarding.”
Meanwhile, the mermaid has a confession to make.
“I do like seafood. Is that bad?”