GO-FAME Youth Theatre Company Presents “The Little Mermaid Jr.”

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Long before Elsa sang “Let It Go”, a little mermaid named Ariel dreamed about being “A Part of Your World”. For many young women, she was the first Disney princess to capture their hearts and imagination. They remember watching the movie over and over until the VHS tape wore out.

The movie is based on a Danish fairytale written by Hans Christian Andersen. It is about a mermaid who dreams to be human. When the movie was released in 1989, it became an instant favorite. It is often credited with saving the Disney Animation Studios as it injected new energy into the studio that continues to bring us so much wonderful entertainment. The Broadway show opened in 2008 with added musical numbers. It is remembered for the “fish that swam” on roller skates.

GO-FAME Youth Theatre Company is pleased to open their 5th show season with Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.” with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, book by Doug Wright. This version has been adapted for youth performers and offers all the characters and the best numbers from the movie and the Broadway musical including “A Part of Your World”, “Kiss the Girl” and the award-winning “Under the Sea”.

Show times are Friday, November 7 at 7 p.m., Sunday, November 9 at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Saturday, November 15 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 16 at 2 p.m. All performances take place at the University Theater on the campus of CSULB. The theater is located on the southeast end of campus at the intersection of Seventh Street and East Campus Drive. Event parking is $5 per vehicle.

Tickets are $15 for Premium Reserved seats and $12 for General Admission. Tickets can be purchased online at www.GO-FAME.org.

The cast consisting of 75 youth performers, ages 5-18, represents schools from throughout Long Beach and four other school districts around southern California. Elaine Zofrea, the company’s artistic leader, directs the show.

Company History

GO-FAME was started as an afterschool drama program at Minnie Gant Elementary School. Kathy McGuire, Managing Director, and Elaine Zofrea, Artistic Director, run the company. Kathy’s 20 years as a business professional and Elaine’s 25 years in professional theater in New York and California come together to form this nonprofit company.

The first production was Alice In Wonderland in October 2005. Sixty students from grades 1-5 performed to full audiences in the University Theater at CSULB. For the next five years, they continued to produce a full-scale musical at Gant Elementary and the cast grew to about 90 students per show. After The Velveteen Rabbit in February 2010, they transferred the all-school musical program to the Gant Elementary PTA and the tradition continues today.

McGuire and Zofrea began to explore the possibility of incorporating and taking their shows beyond Gant Elementary in 2007. Finally, in May 2009, the first community youth show was co-produced with the All American Melodrama Theater in Shoreline Village. The show season now includes two fully stage musical productions plus three smaller Studio shows. Past shows include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, All Shook Up, Zorro Rides Again and a 1950s version of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew.

In addition to their show season, they are proud to offer workshops and classes through the GO-FAME Performance Lab at the GO-FAME Studio located at Parkcrest Center in northeast Long Beach at 3960 N. Studebaker Road Unit 106.

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