Review: Disney’s The Little Mermaid at The Venue Theatre
Review - Disneys The Little Mermaid 2024
Milton Keynes Amateur Operatic Society are making a splash at The Venue MK with their latest production, Disney’s The Little Mermaid and it’s positoovity brilliant !
Originally a fairytale written by Hans Christian Anderson published in 1837, The Little Mermaid has become one of the most loved stories over the years and still today.
With a nearly full theatre, MKAOS brought nothing amateurish onto the stage, a stellar show from beginning to end stole our hearts and indeed rendered us speechless with exceptional costumes, outstanding choreography, fantastic visuals and effects and of course, the most remarkable music and song.
Complete with a live orchestra, this show is indeed, Beyond My Wildest Dreams with music and lyrics from Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater.
Another mention for the costume department because there cannot be enough mentions to be honest, the array of splendour that swam into each scene was breathtaking and oh so wonderful. You would need to go to every show to take it all in.
Particular favourites of mine were Under the Sea, Kiss the Girl and Poositivy bringing Scuttle and the ensemble of seagulls to life hilariously. The puppetry was perfect throughout, I’ve seen a reel on how Scuttle came to be and it’s astounding. Puppets and humans became one on the eye which is no mean feat but it was delivered with aplomb. Flotsam and Jetsam were electric!
As said, the choreography is outstanding. An enormous cast yet they blend well together above and below the waves, attention to detail such as fins gently moving and soft swaying takes you Fathoms Below. Movement was well crafted both subtle and extreme with the lighting and effects team synchronizing well.
Vocally this show is magnificent, all actors showcasing their talents to the highest degree, most spectacular for me was Rachel Smith and her glorious portrayal of Ursula, such a powerhouse of a performer.
Directed by Charlotte Pearson, her directorial debut with MKAOS went down a storm.
Produced by Kevin Amies, Lighting Director Martin Putman and Stage Manager Steve Young. The amazing Musical Director is Leigh Smith.
Enormous credit to not only the above but the cast in its entirety. No Unfortunate Souls in this here show that’s for sure, It’s flipping FINTASTIC.
If you want this superior show to be Part of Your World, book tickets today.
The Little Mermaid is showing at The Venue MK, Walton High:
Sunday May 26 – 6.15pm
Thursday May 30 – 3.15pm
Friday May 31 – 2.15pm   7.15pm
Saturday June 1 – 1.15pm   6.15pm
Sunday June 2 – 1.15pm
Tickets cost £20   Concessions £18    Babes in arms go free
Telephone 01908 972372
Photo Credits
MKAOS Facebook and programme
Ben Johnson Facebook
* also starring our very own lovely Kirsty Dilley as part of the ensemble ! *

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