The Little Mermaid


New Work
Writers: Wade Bradford


Show Information

Based on the Play/Book/Film
Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Little Mermaid'
Number of Acts
First Produced
Comedy, Fairy Tale/Fantasy
Fantasy/Imaginary, Multiple Settings, Contemporary
Time & Place
Present Day
Cast Size
Ideal for
College/University, High School, Community Theatre, Regional Theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly female cast
Includes late teen, young adult, adult, mature adult, child, early teen characters


Kira, the little mermaid, longs to see life on the surface. When she realizes her overprotective father will only show her a deserted island and has promised her hand in marriage to nerdy Duke Dorsal, she takes matters into her own hands. She sings for the Sea Witch who takes her voice, with the knowledge that she must win the heart of a human or be turned into sea foam. While on land, she saves the prince who falls for her cousin, and finds true love in the end. Jellyfish telling knock-knock jokes, a kingdom with a yoga instructor, a magical triton that can detect the truth, and an abundance of hats for switching roles quickly add color and hilarity to this adaptation of the beloved tale by Hans Christian Andersen.

Lead Characters

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