Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Centenary Stage Company Announces Cast of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. – This holiday season, Centenary Stage Company (CSC) presents Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” Performances will run November 24th to December 10th in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center of the Centenary University campus at 715 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown. Tickets range from $25 to $30 for adults with discounts available for students and children under 12 for select performances. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit centenarystageco.org or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979-0900 

The cast of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” will include Centenary University students, alumni, CSC veterans and a few brand-new faces. The cast includes Arianna Cocioppa as Ariel, Luis Rodriguez as Prince Eric, Na’Jee Tariq as Sebastian, Gabe Argate as Scuttle, Katie O’Shea as Flounder, Cassandra Lindeblad as Ursula, Megan Schmiedhauser as Flotsam, Danny Sims as Jetsam, Johnathan Lindeblad as Chef Louis, James Russo as Grimsby, and Patrick Cogan as King Triton. The cast also features Amanda Ackerman, Kayla Chirip, Audrey Jantzen, Maya Mills, Kylie Smith, and Kayla Yepez as Mersisters; and James Brandes, Erin Clark, Claire Finegan, Kennedy Kelly, Samantha Molle, Sabrina Olivieri, Isabella Pepe, Madison Rhine, Christopher Rice, Mark Squindo, Matthew Steen, Jacoby Stewart, Michaela Thiessen, Kai Vialva, and Damien Vince as the ensemble.  

Co-directing and choreographing this production are Lea Antolini-Lid and Michael Restaino.  

Lea Antolini-Lid received her BMA in classical voice from the University of the Arts and her MFA in acting from Brandeis University where she also had the opportunity to teach movement for the actor under the tutelage of Susan Dibble. She has performed professionally in New York City and in cities on the east coast. Lea traveled to China with Nai – Ni Chen Dance to teach at Kunming University. She is also a founding member and managing director of the XY DANCE PROJECT. Antolini is a member in training with Blessed Unrest Theater Company in New York City and a member of AEA. She also serves as director of CSC’s Young Audience Series Tour and producer of the NEXTstage Rep. Summer Series.  

Michael Restaino is a multi-hyphenated creative with a diverse background in working on theatrical experiences world-wide. Currently serving as the manager of Creative Production Integrity at RWS Global, Michael oversees all productions at sea internationally. In addition to his role at RWS, Michael is the founder of Michael Anthony Theatrical, one of the leading cabaret companies in New York City. Michael’s leadership extends to The Actors Studio of New Jersey, an emerging professional theater company focused on becoming a hub for artistic expression and innovation. As an advocate for the arts, Michael actively works to mentor emerging talent by being dedicated to creating a safe and welcoming theatrical environment, prioritizing inclusivity, diversity and respect within the industry. Most recently Michael directed CSC’s summer production of “Rock of Ages.”  

Performance dates and times for Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” are Thursdays, November 30th and December 7th at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, November 24th and December 1st and 8 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, November 25th and December 2nd and 9th at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, November 26th and December 3rd and 10th at 2 p.m.; with special additional matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Friday, November 24th; Wednesday, November 29th; Saturday, December 2nd; and Wednesday, December 6th. The preview matinee performance on November 24th will also feature a special offer for Hackettstown residents with proof of address. 

The Centenary Stage Company box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and two hours prior to performances.