The Little Mermaid part of WASO’s world

The Little Mermaid fan Kirilee Lennerts as Ariel. Picture: Matthew Lister
The Little Mermaid fan Kirilee Lennerts as Ariel. Picture: Matthew Lister

WASO program co-ordinator Natalie De Biasi is not shy to say she is a massive Disney nerd, so working on The Little Mermaid – in concert at Crown Theatre Perth, April 26 and 27 has been a dream come true.

“It’s been a bit of a passion project of mine,” De Biasi, of West Perth, said.

“And then we tied it in this year with it being the 30th anniversary of the film, which makes me feel quite old.

“A lot of my generation are buying tickets for the nostalgia and a lot of people are bringing their kids, so I think it’s going to be a really exciting audience mix.”

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Despite working for an orchestra, De Biasi said there was no bias when she said the film was a firm fan favourite because of its music.

“The orchestral soundtrack is so magical,” she said.

“Alan Menken (film score composer) is a genius and has written some of the greats.

“He’s behind so many of those iconic songs like Part of Your World, which is one of the greatest Disney princess songs, and then Poor Unfortunate Souls, which is one of the greatest Disney villain songs.”

Conducted by Nicholas Buc, WASO will perform The Little Mermaid’s musical score while the film plays in full on a giant screen to heighten the viewing experience.

“The orchestra channel gets switched off and we keep the dialogue, any sound effects and the singing,” she said.

“So this will be WASO accompanying Jodi Benson (Ariel) and Pat Carroll (Ursula) singing in the film.

“WASO is a very diverse age group but there are quite a few now around my age and they are almost as excited, if not more excited, than me.”

The Little Mermaid fan Kirilee Lennerts, of High Wycombe, is also looking forward to The Little Mermaid – in concert after creating her own Ariel costume from scratch.

“I grew up with the revamp of Disney princess movies, starting with, of course, The Little Mermaid,” Lennerts said.

“I honestly cannot wait to enjoy the power of the live music being played over a Disney classic. It will be like Fantasia but in real life.”

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THE ESSENTIALS

What: The Little Mermaid – in concert

Where: Crown Theatre Perth

When: 5pm, April 26 and 2pm, 7pm, April 27

Tickets: www.waso.com.au