Starting this week, the Argyle Theatre is bringing a Disney classic to Babylon.
The first showing of the highly-anticipated production of “The Little Mermaid” will premiere on Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m., and the theatre’s co-owner Dylan Perlman says that there is going to be something for everyone.
“The Little Mermaid is magical,” he said. “That’s the beauty of Disney.”
For every play, the newly renovated theatre works months in advance to get the production just right.
“With each of our shows, it’s a constant process,” Perlman said. “We begin working on it several months before… there are scene designs, builds that take 6-8 weeks and rehearsals in Manhattan.”
Perlman added that what’s unique about this performance is that there has never been a union production before on Long Island. The Argyle’s main stage productions feature performers from Actors Equity Association, a union for professional stage actors.
“The amount of people putting this show together is remarkable,” he said. “Close to 60 people were involved.” Some of the actors come straight from Broadway, while some local actors are involved, as well.
GreaterBabylon stopped by earlier this week as the stage was setting up. The immersive experience is said to be exciting because of the constant change in sets; starting deep within the ocean, to Prince Eric’s castle on land, to Ursula’s lair down below.
“The allure of Disney and the grandeur involved in a show like this has that ‘wow’ factor,” Perlman said. “It’s going to affect a wide spectrum of people… parents who grew up watching the movie, grandparents of those kids who took them to see it in theaters, and kids today who are just being introduced to the story now.”
The show opens at 34 West Main Street on Thursday and runs until Feb. 23. You can get tickets online here.
Scroll below to see some pictures of the set, as they get ready for Thursday’s performance.
All photos by Julianne Mosher.