Annual Panto “The Little Mermaid: Beyond the Sea” at Ghent Playhouse

GPH 2017-18 The Little Mermaid Reilly & Lee-Visscher

The Little Mermaid stars Sam Reilly and Ariel, and director Cathy Lee-Visscher as Aunt Ethel.  Photo credit: Kelly Mackerer

Come join us beneath the sea and beyond at the Ghent Playhouse where the Panto-loons fracture yet another tale!  It’s time again for the Annual Holiday Panto and this year the Loons will be serving surf and turf with their zany twist on the popular fairytale, The Little Mermaid.  Come see King Triton’s youngest daughter, Ariel, Sebastian, Flounder and all the gang for a rollicking good time!  You may want to practice your hissing and booing for Ursula, the evil sea witch – a villain who will not disappoint!


The Pantoloons in 2016 Panto, “The Turn of the Scrooge,”
Photo credit, Cindy Smith

Written by The Pantoloons & directed by Cathy Lee-Visscher, The Little Mermaid runs from November 24 to December 10.

The cast:  Sam Reilly as Ariel; Emily Spateholts as Sebastian; Joanne Maurer as Flounder & Nana; Mark Wilson as King Triton; Meaghan Rogers as Prince Eric; Sally McCarthy as Grimsby; Monk Shane-Lydon as Ursula and Cathy Lee-Visscher as Aunt Ethel.

Costumes are designed by “Loon” Joanne Maurer and set design is by resident “Loon”  Sam Reilly.  Catherine Shane-Lydon is the music director and lighting design is by Isabel Filkins.

Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 pm and Sunday matinees are at 2 pm.  Tickets are $22 each, $17 for Members of the Playhouse and $10 for Students with ID.  Tickets may be reserved by calling 1-800-838-3006 or going to the website at

Treat yourself to a little pure fun after the hectic Thanksgiving holiday.  Be sure to reserve your tickets early, especially for the Sunday matinees!

The Ghent Playhouse received a 2016 Readers? Choice Award as Best Community
Theatre in Eastern NY from the NY Theatre Guide!

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