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Ursula Takes the Stage: Behind the Scenes of The Little Mermaid Musical

As the Rose Center Theater prepares to bring another magical weekend of Disney's The Little Mermaid to life on stage, Orange County's performing arts scene is buzzing with excitement. This second weekend of performances for this live theater production promises to be a magical journey into the world of Broadway and musical theater.

Lisa Katherine Taylor getting ready for the show

One of the most iconic characters in this beloved tale is the villainous Ursula, played by the incredibly talented Lisa Katherine Taylor. When asked what it means to play such an iconic character, Taylor said, "I am incredibly honored to play a villainous cephalopod...even if my apartment neighbors don't quite share my excitement as I practice belting out those fabulous songs and cackling like a Sea Witch."

Lisa Katherine Taylor backstage at the Rose Center Theater

Playing a character as complex as Ursula comes with its challenges, and Taylor admits that finding the balance between unleashing Ursula's anger and taking care of her voice has been the most difficult aspect of the role. However, she has approached creating her interpretation of Ursula with a positive outlook. "I believe Ursula thinks she's beautiful and hilarious. So I'm practicing lots of positive self-talk. I think she also likes the sound of her own voice, so I'm exploring the full range of intimidating lows and patronizing, lofty, high tones," she shared.

For many performers, playing a villain can be a difficult task, especially when trying to make the character relatable and understandable to the audience. When asked how she balances playing a villain while still making the character relatable, Taylor answered, "I think we all have a self-indulgent streak. Who doesn't want the good times back when we feel something has been taken away?" This sentiment is sure to resonate with audiences, as they watch Ursula try to regain her lost power in the show.

L to R: Jessie Reitz (Jetsam), Lisa Katherine Taylor (Ursula), Garrett Brown (Flotsam); Photo Credit: Jason Niedle/Tethos Creative

As the curtain rises again on Disney's The Little Mermaid at the Rose Center Theater, audiences can expect to be transported into a world of magic, music, and pure fun. Not only does live theater offer a playground for all ages, but it also provides an opportunity for self-reflection and exploration of how we relate to one another, both on and off stage. If you're looking for a family fun event in Orange County, then the Rose Center Theater's production of Disney's The Little Mermaid is the place to be.

Don't miss your chance to experience the magic on stage now through March 5th. 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."




Director & Musical Director: TIM NELSON


Technical Director: CHRIS CAPUTO

Rose Center Theater

14140 All American Way

Westminster, Ca 92683

Now Playing through March 5

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

Tickets: $19 - $28

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

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