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The Flounder Factor: A Q&A with the Actors Bringing Magic to 'The Little Mermaid' Production

As fans eagerly anticipate the upcoming live musical production of Disney's The Little Mermaid at the Rose Center Theater, we had the opportunity to sit down with two of the stars of the show: Brady Barrett and Oliver Stewart.

(L to R) Oliver Stewart, Brady Barrett backstage at rehearsals for Disney's The Little Mermaid

These talented young actors, who play the role of Flounder, opened up about their experiences with the production and how they got interested in theater.


Oliver shared that his love of theater started when he saw his older sister perform. "I was 8 years old and I performed my first show and loved every minute of it," he said. When asked about the most challenging aspect of playing Flounder, Oliver mentioned the difficulty in performing on Heelys, which are roller shoes that require special skills to maneuver. Brady also became interested in theater at a young age, when his mother enrolled him in a summer acting camp. He, like Oliver, when talking about the challenges of playing a fish, explained that "the most challenging aspect of playing Flounder is making the audience believe I am a fish and that we are underwater."


Both actors agreed that the best part about rehearsals has been getting to work with such a talented cast and crew. Brady said, "Everybody has been supportive and enjoyable to work with. I especially love how energetic Mr. Nelson is." Oliver added, "The cast and crew are friendly and funny. They have been welcoming and helpful, which is so nice since it's my first show at the Rose Theater."

(L to R) Oliver Stewart, Brady Barrett backstage at rehearsals for Disney's The Little Mermaid

In addition to being a fun and entertaining show, Disney's The Little Mermaid also has a message that relates to everyone. Brady shared, "Flounder's journey is one of friendship and love, and I hope that people will be able to relate to that." Oliver added "Flounder is a good friend who learns to be brave in situations that are frightening to him. I hope people are inspired by his courage."


We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to learn more about Brady and Oliver. It is evident that they have put their hearts into making this production a success, and we hope that you'll join us and experience this magical show for yourself. Don't wait any longer, grab your tickets for the show running from February 18th to March 5th and prepare to be whisked away under the sea!


Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."


Music by ALAN MENKEN

Lyrics by HOWARD ASHMAN & GLENN SLATER

Book by DOUG WRIGHT

Director & Musical Director: TIM NELSON

Choreographers: JENNIFER MATTHEWS & DIANE MAKAS

Technical Director: CHRIS CAPUTO


Rose Center Theater

14140 All American Way

Westminster, Ca 92683


February 18 to March 5

*Opening Night & Gala Performance: Saturday February 18 at 7:30 PM

Closing Performance: Sunday March 5 at 2:00 PM

7:30 PM - Evening Performances: February 18, 24, 25, March 3, 4

2:00 PM - Matinee Performances: February 19, 26, March 5

*Opening Gala; Join us on Saturday February 18 at 7:30 PM for a magical gala under the sea with complimentary hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and a meet and greet with the cast after the show!


Tickets: $19 - $45

Group rates and discounts for military personnel available. For more information contact our box office at RoseCTBoxOffice@gmail.com or leave a message at 714-793-1150 ext. 1.


Promotional Resources & Press Contact

For more information, and press tickets, please contact Ryan Salazar at RoseCTBoxOffice@gmail.com.


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