Q.: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS ADAPTATION?
A.: I was asked by the Canyon Theatre Guild to write and direct new twist on the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. I had been interested in plays such as "The 39 Steps" and "Peter and the Starcatcher," and I anxious to create my own story that would challenge actors in a fun, creative way.
Q.: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?
A.: It's definitely the scene with the Jellyfish knock-knock joke.
Q.: WHAT WAS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART IN CREATING THIS ADAPTATION?
A.: Deciding how to bring my own special twist to a story that has been told many times before. The play unlocked itself when I invented an old washer woman who wanted to tell a fairy tale to her grand-niece.
Q.: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
A.: I wanted to show how storytelling is a form of magic. The "Kid" character enters the fairy tale because she taps into her imagination. It's a journey we can all take, if we allow ourselves.
Q.: ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO SAY?
A.: I'd like to thank the original cast and crew of "The Little Mermaid." I wrote several drafts of this play, but the story truly came to life thanks to their dedication, patience, and artistry. And to all future casts and crews, have a great time. Break a leg, make some laughter, and mend some hearts!
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