August 9, 2019

The Little Mermaid Review

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Written by: P.S. Luhn
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I took a drive to Encore Theatre to see their production of “The Little Mermaid”, a live version of the old Disney classic I was forced to watch 8,097 times with my kids. Why did I go? First, and foremost, Amil Tellers of Dramatics, (Encore Theatre) will always be my home theatre. I will always support, where I can. Second, I looked at the cast list and saw many actors I knew and respected, so a no-brainer, there.

Short of a four-page review, listing all the great things I heard and saw, I can briefly say, that I was blown away. Those suckers drew me in, right from the start, against my will. They never let go, until the final bows were taken. The show, was terrific, from the music to the costuming, to the workable set, from the props and boats (Yes, boats!) to the super casting, and energetic story-telling I was made to watch, the production was first class.

I don’t want to go into too much detail, so that means leaving way too many names out, (Terri Crosina-Spencer, Anna Kahle, Anthony Taylor, Joshua Gooding, Jeff Kerr, Christa Manning, Claire Warnecke, Jon Hodges, Barry Blake) but every single performance was laden with energy and genuine emotion. It was a very pleasant surprise to be able to see this production.

One story I cannot leave out. Starring as Ariel’s daddy, King Triton, Brad Spencer easily made the show for me. Several years ago, this actor was made a near-invalid by a pair of failing lungs. An incredible blessing came his way, in the form of two lungs which were transplanted. To see this man, not only, on-stage, and healthy, but singing a fairly large role was quite a tear-jerker. Well done, and so pleased!

About the Author

P.S. Luhn
P.S. Luhn
Having gotten into the theater game late (Age 22), P.S Luhn soon decided this hobby would become an obsession. Over a period of 42 years, he has appeared in over 60 productions, directed eight, and worked on numerous others in a production or technical capacity. Some of Luhn's roles include Starbuck in The Rainmaker, Paul Bratter in Barefoot in the Park, and Bri in A day in the Death of Joe Egg. Luhn began to write plays in 1996 in order to engineer an on-stage reunion with two friends. His play, The Buddha Crumbles, was produced as a part of an emerging new-play Festival, PlayFair, in 1998, with those friends playing the leads. In all, the playwright saw five of his scripts produced at PlayFair. In 2006, Luhn's play, Walter Men was produced by Curtain Players of Columbus as a part of their new play festival. Luhn has completed 22 plays of varying lengths, of which 9 have been staged. Luhn is employed by Superior Credit Union, of Lima. He resides in Gomer, Ohio, with his wife, and a very large cat.