2019 Little Mermaid Camp


Jul 22, 2019 to Aug 04, 2019


For: ages 10-17
Dates: July 22 - August 4, 2019
Time: 9am-3pm, Monday to Friday
Final performances August 3 @ 2 pm & 7 pm, August 4 @ 2 pm
Fee: $750 early bird discount, $800 after June 1, 2019

West End Studio Theatre, Portsmouth NH

Director: Josh Goldberg

Summer Camp Explores Hans Christian Andersen’s Classic Tale as a Musical

New Hampshire Theatre Project has invited one of its Youth Repertory Company’s alumni to produce his new musical as part of NHTP’s Summer Camp Programming. The Little Mermaid Retold is a camp for students aged 10 to 17 years old, and will run July 22 through August 4. Public performances of the work will be on Saturday, August 3 at 2 pm & 7 pm, and Sunday, August 4 at 2 pm at New Hampshire Theatre Project’s black box theatre.

Joshua Goldberg is ecstatic to be returning to New Hampshire Theatre Project. An alum of the NHTP Youth Repertory Company, Josh is a current sophomore at Bennington College where he studies drama, playwriting, and music. His original musical An Oz Story, adapted from L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, debuted on the NHTP stage in 2015. He has written and directed a number of other locally-performed youth musicals including Candy Country, Little Red Spying Hood, and The Pied Piper, and recently directed and co-produced a teen acted and designed production of the musical Smile.

“NHTP is a great place to be!” says Goldberg. “I not only grew leaps and bounds as an actor during my time there, but as a person too. The Youth Repertory Company program helped me build fantastic personal and professional relationships, and gave me room to challenge my perceptions and take creative risks.” Goldberg also took part in summer opportunities during his youth. “My experiences in the NHTP summer camps were highlights of my summers! The teen camp program showed me the power of true group collaboration, and interning in the youth camps helped me realize the power of a well-rounded theatre experience.”

Josh has worked at a number of summer theatre camps and on dozens of youth productions with theatres including Upside Arts, the Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts, and NHTP’s own Youth Theatre Camp.

Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale, this brand-new musical adaptation of The Little Mermaid goes back to its roots as a moving tale of love, choice, and sacrifice. “Though I grew up with and treasure the Disney film, as many do, I was always intrigued by the original Hans Christian Andersen story,” Goldberg continues. “It is beautiful and bittersweet, a spirit I have tried to keep alive in my adaptation. There’s no happy ending, per se; no wedding, no magic kiss, no happily ever after. But Andersen’s story finds light in the darkness, and hope in the face of tragedy. I was struck by the Little Mermaid’s curiosity, her love and appreciation of nature and human nature. Her love of life. Her bravery, her transformation, and her sacrifice.”

The Little Mermaid dreams of seeing the world above that she’s heard about in her Grandmother’s stories, and on her sixteenth birthday she can finally rise above the seas like her sisters before her. When a Prince on a nearby ship is flung overboard into the stormy waters, the Little Mermaid saves his life and changes her own forever. A visit to the Sea Witch can give the Little Mermaid all she’s ever wanted, but is she willing to pay the price?

“I’m excited to collaborate with an exciting team of actors and designers! There’s so much more we can discover about the story by exploring it together. We’ll use original music and group movement to build on the source material, and try different acting styles and techniques to delve into the character's’ inner thoughts.” But Goldberg isn’t completely ignoring the Hollywood version. “The Disney film is also such an important part of the story’s legacy, which is something I’d love to bring into the conversation as we rediscover this classic fairy tale!”

Campers will learn acting, singing, and dancing skills as they prepare for the final performance, and discover author Hans Christian Andersen, mermaid folklore, and more along the way!  Roles will be assigned in the first few days of camp. Stress-free auditions will take place during camp, and all campers will be cast in the production!

Scholarships are available for students in financial need, these generous donations are supported by Partners Bank, formerly SIS Bank, based in the West End of Portsmouth. For further details on financial aid, and the camp, please visit www.nhtheatreproject.org.

The Little Mermaid Retold

Brand-new musical by Joshua Goldberg

July 22 - Aug 4, 2019

Ages 10 - 17

Campers meet Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm, with final performances on Saturday, August 3 at 2pm & 7 pm, and Sunday, August 4 at 2 pm.
Limited to 20 campers.

Email info@nhtheatreproject.org or call 603-431-6644 x4 with questions or to enroll in our 2019 camps!
Deposit for Little Mermaid Camp is $200 and the deposit is due at time of registration. Camp balance is due by June 1.

Deposits are non-refundable after June 1, 2019.  Tuitions are non-refundable after July 10, 2019.


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