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The Little Mermaid Principals

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Chassey Bennett
as Ariel

Chassey is so flippin’ ecstatic to be making her Moonlight Stage Productions debut as her childhood favorite princess! Recent credits: Wife and Ensemble in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat (3-D Theatricals), Rusty in Footloose (The Candlelight Pavilion), Nun and Ensemble in Sister Act (Musical Theatre West), Mark’s Mom and Ensemble in Rent (La Mirada Theatre/McCoy Rigby Entertainment). Favorite past credits: Les Misérables (Factory Girl/Eponine) and Side Show (Violet Hilton). Chassey received her BFA from AMDA. @chasseybennett; chasseybennett.com.

 

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David Burnham
as Prince Eric

David was last seen on Broadway in Wicked, playing Fiyero, a role that he originated in the workshops of the show. He was in the original Broadway cast of The Light In The Piazza, performing both on the Tony Awards and the PBS telecast Live From Lincoln Center. He is the recipient of the "Helen Hayes Award" for Best Actor for his portrayal of Fabrizio in the national tour of Piazza. David replaced Donny Osmond as Joseph in the national tour of Joseph (Dramalogue Award), and toured as Peter in Jesus Christ Superstar. He was the voice of the Prince in the Warner Bros. animated feature The King And I, and has recorded two solo albums.

 

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Randall Hickman
as Ursula

Randall made his first appearance on the Moonlight stage in 1989. Twenty-eight years later, he still calls Moonlight “home”. Favorite Moonlight roles include Captain Hook in Peter Pan, Moonface Martin in Anything Goes, Uncle Fester in The Addams Family, and Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, a role which garnered him a Best Featured Actor award from the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle. Other awards include; Dramalogue, Patte, Stage Scene LA, and C.A.S.T. When he is not on stage, he, along with partner, Douglas Davis, keep busy operating The Broadway Theatre in downtown Vista. The Broadway opened its doors in 2004 and provides year-round theater for adults and kids. A heartfelt thank you to Steven Glaudini for casting me in this iconic role. And to you, the patrons of arts; thank you for your continued support of theater in San Diego County. broadwayvista.com.

 

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Paul Oakley Stovall
as King Triton

Paul is making his Moonlight Stage Productions debut. Previous musical theatre highlights include national tours of Rent and Once On This Island; Play On! at the Goodman Theatre (Jeff Award nomination), Big River, Pippin, and CLEAR: A New Musical Experience. Other credits include the world premiere of The Qualms (Steppenwolf, directed by Tony winner Pam McKinnon), Metamorphoses (tour, directed by Tony winner Mary Zimmerman, staged by Eric Rosen), and Angels in America at KC Rep, directed by David Cromer. A playwright as well, Mr. Stovall’s works include CLEAR, Immediate Family (directed by Phylicia Rashād at the Goodman and Mark Taper), Ape, and The Hunted (O’Neill finalist co-written with Evan Linder). Paul is a staff writer for the hit STARZ series Survivor’s Remorse (show runner: Mike O’Malley).

 

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Cornelius Jones, Jr.
as Sebastian

Cornelius is grateful to return to the Moonlight after being nominated for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for last summer’s Sister Act. He is also fondly remembered for his portrayal of Donkey in Moonlight’s Shrek The Musical in 2015. A graduate of The University of the Arts (BFA Theatre Arts) and New York University (MA- Educational Theater, Dramatic Writing, and Performance), he is the author of FlagBoy (a one-man play), and Shadows and Lights, a poetic memoir and one-man play. Broadway credits include: The Lion King - Broadway/Tour I & II/Vegas/Mexico (Simba/Banzai), Thou Shalt Not, Smokey Joes Cafe (Victor). Television: Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here, Law & Order: SVU, Criminal Minds, and featured in MTV's Logo Network and Gilead sponsored PSA: I Am Living My Truth. Cornelius was born in Richmond, VA, and currently lives in Los Angeles where he continues to act, write, practice yoga, as well as teach yoga (ERYT 200). corneliusjonesjr.com.

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Chassey Bennett and David Burnham

 

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Paul Oakley Stovall and Chassey Bennett

 

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Cornelius Jones, Jr. and Chassey Bennett

 

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Left to Right: Steven Glaudini (Director), Elan McMahan (Musical Director and Conductor), and Karl Warden (Choreographer).

 

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Standing Left to Right: Cornelius Jones, Jr., Paul Oakley Stovall, David Burnham, Chassey Bennett, and Randall Hickman. Seated Left to Right; Elan McMahan, Steven Glaudini, and Karl Warden.

 

Photos by John Howard