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Illustration by Jaclyn Erdman

The Little Mermaid (Mason)

Hans Christian Andersen, author
Timothy Mason, playwright


49 pgs. 9 male, 10 female +ensemble

Originally produced by CTC in 1968-69

Run Time: 90 minutes

Audience Recommendation: 8+


The heartbreaking tale of a young mermaid willing to give up her life in the sea to win the love of a handsome prince and claim an eternal soul.

In a kingdom under the sea, six sea princesses, recounted their experiences of being able to rise out of the sea on their fifteenth birthday. While most of the mermaids saw wondrous sites, they still found it’s much nicer at home under the sea. When the littlest mermaid finally had her fifteenth birthday, she saw a lovely prince and saved him from a shipwreck. She was instantly in love, however, the Prince woke to a young nun and mistakenly believed she was his savior.

The Little Mermaid was so smitten that she made a deal with the Sea Witch, and exchanged her voice for legs and the chance to live with the Prince on land. The Prince found the mute Little Mermaid (now a girl) and brought her to court to be his special friend. Though they become incredibly close, the Prince married the young nun, revealed to be a princess. In the end, the Little Mermaid becomes one with the sea and is never seen again.

Classroom Reading Fee: $50 per classroom, per semester
Amateur/Educational Royalty Fee: $75 per performance
Professional Royalty Fee: please inquire for a quote
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