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Alumni, Students Star in Local Production of ‘Disney’s The Little Mermaid’

Catherine Birdsong as Ariel; Photo by Michael Scott Evans
Catherine Birdsong as Ariel; Photo by Michael Scott Evans

Belmont alumni Catherine Birdsong (“Ariel”), Piper Jones (“Ursula”) and Isaac Brotzman (“Scuttle”), along with current students Lexie McEntire and Jack Tanzi, are appearing in the upcoming run of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” production at Nashville Children’s Theatre. Nashville Children’s Theatre (NCT) is the nation’s oldest professional theatre for young audiences and the largest theatre in Middle Tennessee.

Birdsong, a graduate of Belmont’s musical theatre program, will play the lead role of Ariel in the production. “The Little Mermaid was the first movie I saw in the theater,” she said. “From that first viewing I have identified with Ariel’s sense of adventure and her ability to dream big. It’s not often that we see our childhood dreams play out in adulthood, and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to bring my favorite princess to life at NCT.”

Pictured above are the Belmont actors at a recent rehearsal for the show: (l-r) Birdsong (2010, musical theatre), Tanzi (senior, theatre and education), McEntire (senior, musical theatre), Brotzman (2016, musical theatre) and Jones (2012, commercial music).

“Disney’s The Little Mermaid” has music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and book by Doug Wright. The musical runs at NCT from November 8 – December 23, 2018. Single tickets are on sale now and available by calling NCT’s box office at 615-252-4675 or visiting All performances take place at The Martin Center for Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton Street, Nashville. Free parking is available on site.

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