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Disney’s The Little Mermaid brings some magic to Newbury, ahead of Corn Exchange show





Mermaids on wheels and tap-dancing seagulls brought a bit of Disney magic to Newbury.

Young fans were treated to a visit by some of their favourite characters ahead of a half term show.

The cast of The Little Mermaid greet fans in Newbury’s Kennet Shopping centre
The cast of The Little Mermaid greet fans in Newbury’s Kennet Shopping centre
The cast of The Little Mermaid greet fans in Newbury’s Kennet Shopping centre
The cast of The Little Mermaid greet fans in Newbury’s Kennet Shopping centre

The characters from The Little Mermaid greeted youngsters in the town’s Kennet Shopping centre on Saturday.

They are all taking part in a community production of the Disney classic at Newbury’s Corn Exchange from February 14-17.

In a new initiative, organiser Kate Izzard, who also runs Jollypop Entertainment, said she wanted to bring “high-quality children’s theatre” to the local area, but do it with the local community.

“I wanted to take the influence of Jollypop but mix it with a community project and bring a bit of joy,” she said.

“It’s been a labour of love and because it’s the first time we have done anything like this, it’s been a massive learning curve.

The cast of The Little Mermaid greet fans in Newbury’s Kennet Shopping centre
The cast of The Little Mermaid greet fans in Newbury’s Kennet Shopping centre
Scuttle the tap-dancing seagull
Scuttle the tap-dancing seagull
Ariel greets her fans
Ariel greets her fans
The cast of The Little Mermaid greet fans in Newbury’s Kennet Shopping centre
The cast of The Little Mermaid greet fans in Newbury’s Kennet Shopping centre

“I think it’s important for kids to see theatre from a young age; I would like to inspire kids.

“It has all been really great fun and everyone has really – excuse the pun – dived right into it.

“We have mermaids on wheels and tap-dancing seagulls – it looks so magical.”

She added that high quality costumes were a must to ensure that the characters were as realistic as possible when meeting and greeting their young fans.

The cast of The Little Mermaid greet fans in Newbury’s Kennet Shopping centre
The cast of The Little Mermaid greet fans in Newbury’s Kennet Shopping centre
Ursula from The Little Mermaid entertains the crowds
Ursula from The Little Mermaid entertains the crowds

The show is being put on by a 23-strong cast, 30-strong crew and 13-piece orchestra – all of whom are volunteers.

Tickets are still available from the Corn Exchange.



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