The Little Mermaid

Imagination Stage has paired up with The Washington Ballet to present a beautiful performance of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer, this 90-minute production unites dance, puppetry, theatre and music to originate a spectacular work of art.  Septime Webre and David Palmer’s choreography is impressive as the dancers perform in group and individual scenes.

The Little Mermaid at Imagination Stage; photo by Margot SchulmanThis version of The Little Mermaid is unique because each main character has both an actor and a dancer.  The story line is similar to the animated version of The Little Mermaid, however, it is much more satisfying to watch the storyline unfold through this unique blend of authentic song and dance.  You will find the Little Mermaid falling in love with a Prince, willing to give up her beautiful singing voice for a pair of legs just to be with him.

Sprinkled throughout the performance are playful scenes, including one where the actors and actresses pass apples back and forth.  Another scene has dancers competing in a “dance-off” aboard a grand ship.  The production was a perfect mix of flexible costumes, intriguing sound effects and well-written music.

Our Kids recommends this performance for ages 5 and up.  There are some scenes that contain loud effects due to the dramatization of a storm and there is a shark that is weaved in and out of the waves on stage but nothing terribly frightening.  Our children, ages 2.5, 5 and 7 all enjoyed the entire performance, asking when they could see it again.

Additional Information

  • The Little Mermaid is set to run from June 22 to August 14.  Public performances on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., as well as Tuesday-Friday at 10:30 a.m.  Select Saturday performances at 11:00 a.m.
  • There is an ASL-interpreted show July 10 at 4:00 p.m and a Sensory-Friendly show on July 17 at 11:00 a.m.
  • The Little Mermaid is 90 minutes with a 15 minute intermission.
  • The show is recommended for ages 5 and up.
  • Strollers, food and drinks are not permitted inside of the theater.
  • Tickets: $10+ and can be purchased via phone at 301-280-1660,online at or at the Imagination Stage box office.
  • Parking is free on Saturday and Sunday’s in the parking garage right next to the venue.  If you do go during the week be sure to bring some change as parking is metered.  The closest metro stop is the red line at Bethesda.  Take in a bite to eat after (or before) the show and browse the toy store.  There are many unique items for sale. The bathrooms are tucked in the back of the building and offer several stalls as well as a baby-changing table.
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