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Posted on 10 Mar 2016 at 11:10pm

Friday 03.11—Sunday 03.27

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Go under the sea without getting wet at ‘Little Mermaid’

The 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid really kicked off the Disney revolution of animation that is still going on today. And what better film to do it with — a glorious, tune-filled fantasy about a mermaid who becomes human temporarily, but makes a Faustian deal with the evil sea-witch Ursula. Dallas’ Doug Wright — a Tony and Pulitzer winner for I Am My Own Wife — tackled adapting the story for the stage, along with the lovely songs by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Steven Stater. It’s back in Fair Park for a few weeks of colorful, family-friendly (but also campy) humor and classic characters, dressed in dazzling costumes and lighting effects.

DEETS:
Fair Park Music Hall, 901 First Ave.
7:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. weekend matinees.
DallasSummerMusicals.org

Friday 03.11 — Sunday 03.13

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Texas Ballet Theater heads north for ‘Cinderella’

While Dallas Summer Musicals is telling one fairy tale in Dallas, up in Richardson, Texas Ballet Theater is telling another, with Ben Stevenson’s production of Cinderella. It’s a rare venture away from the Dallas Arts District and Fort Worth’s Bass Hall for the storied company, with beautiful dancers in lush costumes performing to the music of Prokofiev. (The production moves to Bass Hall later this month.)

DEETS:
Eisemann Center for Performing Arts
2531 Performance Drive Richardson
Friday–Saturday at 8 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
TexasBalletTheater.org

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 11, 2016.

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