Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Ariel Swimming on Tour - Costumes - Tickets - Pictures

When the cast of “The Little Mermaid” goes under the sea on stage, special tricks and techniques are necessary to keep it real.

Sebastian the Crab may have legs, but characters like the mermaid Ariel lack feet. They need to swim and float, not walk and run.

And then there's the question of how these denizens of the deep breathe and sing underwater.

Those aren't the only challenges in taking Disney's 1989 animated film to the stage, says Jessica Grové, who plays Ariel in the national touring production of “The Little Mermaid,” which begins July 9, 2013 at the Benedum Center, Downtown Pittsburgh, Pa.

“It's great for the whole family,” Grové says. “It focuses on the father-daughter relationship. I think that's really important.”

For Grové, the show's biggest technical challenge is the scenes that take place underwater. They often have Ariel going aerial as she moves through her supposedly liquid world.

“Obviously we (actors) are not animated characters but real humans,” Grové says.

“But singing while flying was new to me. The costume pushes on my diaphragm. It's a disaster when I eat too much,” Grové says. She has learned that moving through the imaginary water looks more realistic if she doesn't remain upright but leans into the harness that supports her in suspension.

Since mermaids have fins, Grové needs to hide her feet.

“We wear jazz flats painted in the color of our skirts so they blend in,” she says. “But it has taken a lot of getting used to — to know how to maneuver the skirts around. … I figured out how to kick my foot to make (the skirt) swing out. It kind of looks like a fin.”

She also discloses a special fishlike feature in her costume that allows the human singer to take big breaths while bringing a subtle bit of reality to her underwater persona.

“It's fitted, but it has a stretch panel so you can breathe when you sing. When you breathe it opens up a little — so it looks like a gill,” she says.

As you can see the Costumes are fantastic as only Disney can do.

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