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For this week’s episode of‘s online cultural programme ‘Take a Bow‘, Coryse Borg interviews the lovely Luke Mercieca about FM Theatre’s festive spectacular The Little Mermaid: The Panto Under the Sea.

In this year’s panto being held at the Manoel Theatre, we meet King Triton’s feisty mermaid daughter Ariel, who loves to break the rules by visiting the sea’s surface with her forgetful fishy friend Doreen, driving everyone mad, including her nanny, Dame Bormaljotta. Meanwhile, Prince Rubinu is searching for his long-lost father King Barbakannella, and the evil sea witch Ursoola Minnofs is plotting her takeover of the underwater kingdom with the aid of her two minions, Morina and Skorfina.

The Little Mermaid panto is brought to life by a stellar cast led by Edward Mercieca as the Crustacean Dame and Katherine Brown as the evil cephalopod, Ursoola Minnofs, as well as Chiara Hyzler as Doreen, Nikki Cassar as Ariel, Tezara Saliba as Prince Rubinu, Karen Decelis as Fairy LE, Antonella Mifsud and Maria Cassar as the witch’s Eel sidekicks, Renato Dimech as Captain Barbuljatu, Joe Depasquale as King Triton and Adriel Camilleri as Bosun Cikku Flieles, and – of course – the chorus of sea creatures, zombie pirates, sailors and various flotsam and jetsam.

This cast will be directed by Chris Gatt, with musical direction by Kris Spiteri, choreography by Luisa Fenech Conti and vocal coaching by Analise Cassar.

Booking is opening on the Manoel Theatre website.

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Filming: Sarah Salafia

Editing: Coryse Borg