The Little Mermaid

Source:National Centre for the Performing Arts

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Venue: National Centre for the Performing Arts

Time: January 28 - 30, 2020

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The Little Mermaid is one of Hans Christian Andersen's most famous fairy tales. The author was frustrated in love when he wrote this story. Based on the story, in which a mermaid falls in love with a human prince, many animated films and adaptations have been created over the years. The story of the little mermaid has spread via these productions.

As is well-known, Andersen was an eminent fairy tale poet, and he was also a respectable artist. We tried our best to keep this production in accordance with his original work. In this sad but beautiful love tale, the little mermaid sacrifices everything to gain the love of the prince, but she fails and changes into foam. However, who fights for love will find eternity and there are things worth taking risks. Combined with humour and action performances, we present this eternal story about love and hope for you.

Synopsis

In the deep ocean locates the castle of the king of the ocean. The king of the ocean has six beautiful daughters. They are permitted to take a look at the world beyond the ocean only if they are over 15 years old.

When the youngest daughter, the little mermaid can surface out of the ocean, she falls in love with a human prince on a ship at first sight. A sudden storm sinks the ship and the prince nearly drowns. The little mermaid saves the prince and takes him to the beach.

When the little mermaid goes back to the ocean kingdom, she can't get the prince out of her mind. Her grandmother tells her that humans have an immortal soul and the little mermaid decides to become a human. The little mermaid seeks the help of the sea witch who gives her a magical potion, but in return she has to sacrifice her beautiful voice by cutting off her tongue.

After drinking the potion, the little mermaid becomes a human. She finds the prince and discovers that he is also seeking for the beautiful and quiet girl who saved his life. If the little mermaid wants to live an eternal life, she has to marry the prince; or else she will die. Unfortunately, the prince marries a princess from a neighbouring country.

The little mermaid's elder sisters ask for the help of the sea witch. The witch gives them a knife. If the little mermaid wants her original life back, she has to pierce the prince's heart with the knife. But she can't bring herself to kill him. In the end, she changes into a spirit in the air because of her self-sacrifice and selfless love—and she gets an immortal soul eventually.

Presenter

China National Theatre for Children

China Naitional Theatre for Children was formerly the China National Children's Art Theatre of the People's Republic of China. It was founded in 1956 and the first president was REN Hong.

China Naitional Theatre for Children shoulders the responsibility of providing outstanding children's theatre works for the majority of young children, as well as that of the inheritance, development and innovation of the children's theatre arts. The National Children's Art Theatre has trained several generations of artists and backbone in the children's theatre art of China and has won numerous art awards.

The Theatre has created and performed excellent children's theatre works many times with tours all over the country and has been to Singapore, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Australia and other countries for exchange performances.

Over the years, major works of the Theatre include Malan Flower, A Family of Revolutionaries, Young Guardians, In the Name of Revolution, Yueyun, Newsboy, A Little Courtyard Like This, 12 Months, Paul Korchagin, Flashing Stars, Zhiyazi, The Beginning of the Epoch and People and Moonlight Lullaby. In recent years, major works include Shangri-La, Approaching Shakespeare, Biscuit Boy, The Trip of Andersen, Little Tadpole Looking for Mom, Run, Rabbit!, Cinderella, The Grimm Brothers and the Magical Forest, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Little Jeep · Change, Change, Change, Pipi Stockings, Zodiac, Red Sofa Music City, Journey to the West, Sun Bird, Cube Building, Canned Man and Sky-blue Paper Airplane.

The Theatre's "China Children's Theatre" was inscribed by Soong Ching Ling. On the fourth floor of the Theatre in 2005, a Holiday Classic Theatre was created, interpreting classic story of all times on the theatrical stage with its relatively fixed performance time, mode and changes in a variety of styles. The establishment of the Holiday Classic Theatre is not only a new exploration in the field of artistic creation, but also a whole new attempt in performing and business philosophy.