Ariel's Transformation

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August 29, 2012
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Curious how others have handled Ariel's transformation. How many "fly" her? Anyone have video or pictures of your transformation? Curious.
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December 4, 2015
I just received my showkit and had the exact same question.

September 29, 2012
Christie, I cannot find the video you uploaded. Can you give me an exact URL address or something? I'm fairly new to this whole website, and am just learning to navigate. Thanks for the help!

September 18, 2012
We just finished our Little Mermaid, Jr. run. We handled Ariel's transformations in a way I've never seen before. It was simple, inexpensive and artistic. I will upload it to the the showspace homepage. This is flip cam video of our 8AM tech rehearsal. The dancers were marking it for tech stops - but you can definitely get the idea. The "water" prop is called an ISIS WING. I paid $80 for the first pair on a belly dance website, then found them for $14.99 on ebay. Word to the wise, change the metal dowels to wood, the metal is noisy on stage. Hope this helps. cj

September 13, 2012
I am casting this show on Monday. I am so excited! My Scripts just arrived I am overwhelmed as we start this journey.

September 13, 2012
Saw an abbreviated version of The Little Mermaid at Disney World whose transformation was very effective and relatively simple. Ariel sits atop her large rock (like she has in her chamber). This rock should be able to house a crew member within it. Ariel's fin is over the front of the rock. During the transformation, use heavy smoke over her fin, focusing lighting on her face or upper body to help mask. You could also use a lighting effect to draw attention to the "magic" rather than Ariel's body (moving gobos, projection, etc). Ariel's trick fin should velcro behind her waist and simply be draped over her legs and pulled through a slot by her feet by the crew member while Ariel brushes down her dress. This is a modification from what they do in Disney, where Ariel is standing on a hydraulic platform within the rock, but the removal of the fin is similar. Check out this you tube link--transformation is at 14:23 Hope this helps!

September 8, 2012
Hi There: Just wanted to post an idea for this - I am a costumer - so from this veiw we created a mermaid Dress where the fin attaches with a verco strip so that for the transformation - it looks as if Ariel transformed not just changed - then she changes into the next costume change after leaving the stage. It is not hard to add the addition of the fin to a mermaid costume you already have - (she can be blocked by sea creatures and just pull the tail off) _ Good Luck with your shows!

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September 4, 2012
HI Elizabeth and Ginger! Wish you both could win the door prize. This is definitely the question of the season, thanks for being the first to pose it! The easiest and most effective way to stage Ariel's transformation is with the stagecraft you teach your kids. If you are using swirling fabric for water, it can be the vehicle that hides Ariel's costume change from fin to legs. She can be surrounded by the Sea Ensemble, (a fun combination of undersea creatures of you and your cast's creation). The main premise to make it MAGICAL is to block the actual change from the view of the audience. Creating a distraction with cast from the other side of the stage gives cast members a job and creates and illusion for the viewer. Flying Ariel, even if you have the budget, the insurance and the facility, doesn't really hide what you need to do: change the costume piece from fin to legs. Adding lights, shimmer and cast members can be limitless, and hopefully create the big "ah-ha" moment like in a David Copperfield act.

September 2, 2012
We are doing this show as well, and I am in need of help.