This weekend’s staging of The Little Mermaid by Operation Triple Threat (OTT) was nothing short of amazing.
The young and the young at heart filled Frank Collymore Hall each night for an exceptional production – a tapestry of singing, dancing and acting of a classic love story portrayed by some of Barbados’ most talented young artistes.
It was a well delivered adaptation of Disney’s 1989 film in which a curious young mermaid falls for a handsome human prince and agrees to a dangerous bargain with a powerful sea witch in exchange for legs and a chance to live with the prince on land.
Reneice Bonnett played the lead character Ariel, and she mesmerized the audience with her beauty and her acting. It was her voice, however, that truly brought Ariel to life as she sang Part of Your World.
Elisha Ifill depicted a cute Flounder and along with being Ariel’s best friend, he undoubtedly had a major crush on her. But he was no match to her love interest, Kian Toppin, who was a charming Prince Eric. The two actors had clear, strong chemistry on stage as they danced close together.
Prince Eric’s closest advisor Grimsby was portrayed by young Jon-Mykul Bowen, who this weekend transformed into a sincere, elderly gentleman and personified the supporting role to perfection.
Speaking of perfection, Chad Montplaisir embodied the role of flamboyant Sebastian, complete with all the Disney character’s antics and accent. His performance of Under the Sea and Kiss the Girl was highly entertaining.
Sebastian played a servant of King Triton acted by Mark Yarde. King Triton was father to Ariel and the six mersisters, who along with Flounder, delivered a fantastic performance of She’s in Love.
Evan McDonald, who played Chef Louis, delivered an eccentric performance in the set kitchen and was a definite crowd favorite.
No one could forget the villainous sea witch Ursula, portrayed by Sydney Hassell, who delivered a great performance in an equally impressive costume, as she sang and acted.
The three-hour-long production received a standing ovation from patrons and nothing but glowing reviews on social media.