Friday, August 12, 2016

Disney’s Little Mermaid makes its debut and closes out the 2016 Springfield Muni season

Disney’s Little Mermaid makes its debut and closes out the 2016 Springfield Muni season

Springfield, IL – August 15, 2016 – The Springfield Municipal Opera (The Muni) closes its 2016 season with Disney's Little Mermaid, sponsored by RSM and directed by Craig Williams II. The production will run August 19-21 and 24-28. Curtain time is 8:30 p.m.

This will be the first time Disney's Little Mermaid will be performed on The Muni stage. This musical debuted on Broadway in 2008, and is based on the animated 1989 Disney film and the story written by Hans Christian Andersen.

Little Mermaid takes you under the sea to tell you about Ariel (played by Sophie Lanser), a mermaid who desperately wants to be part of the world above the sea and falls in love with Prince Eric (played by Ryan Fisher). The book is by Doug Wright, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater.

“The cast and staff are so excited to take children and children-at-heart on a magical journey under the sea with the fun-loving characters we have come to love," said Williams II. “We are striving to make every detail of our debut production as beautiful and engaging as possible. We are confident you will fall in with the Little Mermaid all over again.

Disney's Little Mermaid at The Muni will also feature free, special activities before the show every night from 7-8 p.m. The Under the Sea pre-party will include  themed crafts for young girls and boys.  On Family Night, Wednesday, August 24 from 7-8 p.m., Ariel's Shellabration will be held. This party will include a light up wand, crafts, mermaid face paint and a shell pass for a picture with Ariel after the show. The Shellabration will cost $5 per child, which will be collected the night of the show. On Family Night, ticket prices for children 12 and under are half price when accompanied by a paid adult – $6 for Reserved Seating and $3 for General Admission.

Throughout the run, two types of seating arrangements are available – Reserved Seating and General Admission (lawn seating.) The price of Reserved Seating is $14 for adults and $12 for seniors/military/students/children; General Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors/military/students, $6 for children (age 3-12), and free for kids age 2 and under.

Additionally, Thursday, August 25 is Senior Night. On Senior Night, ticket prices are reduced to $11 for Reserved Seating and $7 for General Admission. A Senior Shuttle Bus Service, sponsored by the King’s Daughters Organization, will also run on Senior Night. 

An interpreted performance for the hearing impaired is scheduled for Sunday, August 21.

Reserved Seating tickets can be purchased in advance online – – or by calling or visiting the Sangamon Auditorium Box Office at 217-793-MUNI (6864.) Patrons can also purchase Reserved Seating and General Admission tickets on-site at The Muni’s Box Office, which opens 90 minutes prior to curtain time.

About The Muni

The Springfield Municipal Opera (The Muni) is a not-for-profit theatrical organization that has become a Springfield summer tradition, providing the best of Broadway to enthusiastic audiences for more than 50 years. Located lakeside at 815 East Lake Drive in an outdoor amphitheater, The Muni is one of the largest all-volunteer community theatre organizations in the nation. For more information on The Muni, please visit