Ariel (Female) Ariel, the heroine of our story, is a little mermaid who longs to be human. Ariel has some beautiful solos but must be able to convey meaning through gesture once she loses her voice.
Prince Eric (Male) Prince Eric is the adventurous prince who captures Ariel's heart. Eric should be a charming performer with a sensitive nature. Prince Eric has a few small solos, but also needs to be a strong actor.
Sebastian (Female or Male) Sebastian is the meticulous and anxious crab who tries to keep Ariel safe while getting to lead some of the most memorable songs in the show!
Flounder (Female or Male unchanged voice) Flounder is Ariel's sincere and sensitive best friend who is loyal to the end. This spunky fish also has a show-stopping solo in "She's in Love."
King Triton (Male) King Triton rules the sea and is a force to be reckoned with. This non-singer needs to command the stage as a strong leader but also show the tenderness of a parent. The performer must be mature and feel comfortable playing father to Ariel and the Mer-Sisters.
Mersisters (Female) The Mersisters (Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Atina, Adella, Allana) are Ariel's siblings and full of personality and sass. These are great roles to showcase talented singers and dancers who can create and play six distinctive characters. The Mersister's will have solo opportunities in the upbeat song "She's in Love"
Ursula (Female) Ursula is the manipulative sea witch who tries to overthrow King Triton. She is cunning and devious and will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Ursula should be a mature performer who can bring out this villain's humor while finding texture in Ursula's complexity. Ursula's songs can be challenging, so strong pitch matching abilities are needed to master some of Ursula's challenging melodies.
Flotsam and Jetsam (Female or Male) Flotsam and Jetsam are Ursula's slippery spies. Together these 2 electric eels are sinister and sneaky, so look for performers who can be underhanded and devious while still being heard on stage. With responsible behavior, Flotsam and Jetsam may have some roller skating opportunities! Flotsam and Jetsam have one duet to sing together and should be able to maintain complex melodies.
Scuttle (Female or Male) Scuttle is the thinks they know-it-all seagull who serves as Ariel's "expert" on humans. They are funny and off-beat. While a good singer will rock "Human Stuff," this song can easily be spoken in rhythm. Scuttle should have good comedic timing and be able to have fun with Scuttle's eccentricities.
Gulls (Female or Male) The Gulls are Scuttle's flock of 8 zany "back-up singers" who help Scuttle explain "Human Stuff" to Ariel. There are three principal gulls with solos written into the musical score. The Gulls' solos can be spoken if necessary.
Grimsby (Male) Grimsby is Prince Eric's prim and proper valet. He is rigid in personality and constantly trying to guide Prince Eric towards the throne. While Grimsby does have some singing to do with the ensemble, Grimsby is mainly a non-singing role.
Chef Louis (Female or Male) Chef Louis is the over-the-top head chef in the palace. They are always wild and frenetic. This is an excellent featured role for a comedic performer. Chef Louis's melody is tricky and uses some French. This must be played by an excellent musician!
Chefs (Female or Male) The Chefs are Chef Louis's assistants. The music in "Les Poissons" can be challenging, so good choral singers are a plus for this group.
Carlotta (Female) Carlotta is the headmistress in Prince Eric's palace and Ariel's greatest human ally. While Carlotta will sing with the full cast numbers, she is mainly a non-singing role. Carlotta needs to be warm and maternal to make Ariel feel welcome.
Princesses (Female) The 6 Princesses try everything they can to win the heart of Prince Eric, but none of them possess the voice Prince Eric is searching for. The princesses must be able to bring exaggerated and comedic personalities to life through song.
Pilot (Male) The Pilot is the head sailor on Prince Eric's ship. This nautical expert who entertains the sailors with wild tales of the sea presents an opportunity to highlight a developing performer. The Pilot has a few speaking lines, but his singing voice is most important.
Sailors (Female or Male, but preferably male) The Sailors are the crew of Prince Eric's ship. They are eager for adventure and ready to tackle a storm. The Sailors must sing and exude confidence in their performance.
Seahorse (Female or Male) The Seahorse is the court herald for King Triton. While the Seahorse is considered a non-singing part, the Seahorse will sing with the Sea Chorus whenever they are not playing the Seahorse. The Seahorse should have a clear, proclamatory speaking voice.
Sea Chorus (Female and Male) The Sea Chorus is responsible for creating each world within the show. The Sea Chorus should be able to move gracefully and be part of a large scene without drawing too much focus from the plot. The sea chorus appears as Merfolk, Sea Creatures, and Lagoon Animals. The Sea Chorus should have strong musicians that can maintain their harmonies. The Sea Chorus should also be able to handle props responsibly and show great facial expression.
Sea Creatures are under water animals in King Triton's Court and are featured in "Under the Sea."
Merfolk are the members of King Triton's Court and are featured as guests at the Mersister's performance and Ariel and Eric's wedding
Lagoon Animals help Sebastian try to convince Prince Eric to "Kiss the Girl" when Eric's taking Ariel on a row boat adventure in the lagoon
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