After waiting for almost three years for the amateur rights to be released, Theatre 29 has received one of the first opportunities in the United States to present the Broadway production of “Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID”.

Auditions for the second production of Theatre 29’s 2016 season have been scheduled for Monday, January 18, 2016 at 6:00 pm on the Theatre 29 Main Stage at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. Rehearsals will start immediately after auditions and the musical will take the stage for five weeks beginning March 11th through April 9th.

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” and “Part of Your World.”   Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above and bargains with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull, and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.

“Disney’s LITTLE MERMAID” will be under the direction of Desert Theater League Best Director-Musical award-winner Gary Daigneault (Young Frankenstein, 2013), Best Musical Director nominee (Urinetown, 2015) Ed Will, and “Best Choreography-Musical”, winner (Young Frankenstein, 2014) Mandi Pushkar.

Daigneault, Will, and Pushkar will be seeking a cast up to 25 singer/actors for this production. All of the roles require the ability to sing. Cast members being sought are:

Ariel: A mermaid and King Triton’s youngest daughter. Female, Age: 16 to 25

Prince Eric: A human monarch who has no interest of taking the crown. Male, 20 to 30

Grimsby: Prince Eric’s British guardian. Male, 40 to 60

Flounder: A fish and smitten with Ariel, his best friend. Male, 15 to 20

Scuttle: A disheveled seagull and expert in human artifacts. Male, 25 to 40

King Triton: King of the Sea and Ariel’s father. Male, 35 to 45

Sebastian: A crab and advisor to King Triton. Male, 30 to 45

Flotsam: An eel and one of Ursula’s lackeys. Male, 20 to 40

Jetsam: An eel and one of Ursula’s lackeys. Male, 20 to 40

Ursula: The banished Sea Witch and sister of King Triton. Female, 35 to 45

Chef Louis: The French palace chef, diabolical and violent. Male, 30 to 50

Ensebmble: Crew Members (Pilot, Sailors); Sea Creatures; Mersisters (Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Atina, Adella, Allana); Gulls; Maids; Chefs; Animals; Princesses.

There will be some ensemble parts available for children 8-15

Show dates are March 11, 2016 through April 9, 2016.

Come to audition prepared! Bring a karaoke CD or digital professional backing track (on a phone or Mp3 player) as accompaniment, (No background vocals, please!). All audition pieces MUST be Broadway music (No original songs, No Pop songs). Dress to move. Be prepared for cold reading

Anyone seeking to assist in a technical capacity, as a set builder, backstage help, props, or costume construction role, please also attend auditions (you will not be required to audition). For more information, contact the director, Gary Daigneault via email at

Gary Daigneault Program/News Director, KCDZ, Z107.7FM

Associated Press Hall of Fame, 2010

President, Theatre 29

DTL Outstanding Director, Musical, 2013

Teacher, Twentynine Palms High School