Ariel the Mermaid and Flounder from movie "The Little Mermaid." (AP)

Ariel the Mermaid and Flounder from movie “The Little Mermaid.” (AP)

Hannah Lamberto and La Trea Rembert had the time of the lives in Pittsburgh Musical Theater’s rendition of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid.”

“I love being on stage,” said Lamberto, who, in addition to being a member of the ensemble cast, also served as the show’s dance captain. “I was familiar with the ‘Little Mermaid’ movie, but not the stage show. But this was really awesome to me because this is what I want to do and I love it.”

Rembert agreed wholeheartedly.

“Performing brings a joy that I can’t put into words. It’s almost therapeutic,” said Rembert who was a member of the ensemble cast and also portrayed a sea creature, waiter and crane in the feel-good musical. “This is my first time working with PMT and I’m loving it. I had seen the “Little Mermaid’ movie when I was a child, but it wasn’t one of my favorites, so I didn’t watch it a whole lot. However, I have enjoyed watching relearning the story and watching it from a grown-up perspective.”

Larissa Overholt’s portrayal of Ariel was enjoyed by parents and kids like as she used arm motions and wheely shoes to emulate being underwater. Trumaine “Tru” Verret-Fleming was awesome in the role of Ariel’s friend, Sebastian the crab. His renditions of “Kiss the Girl” and the infectious “Under the Sea” had me humming with a smile days after seeing the show. Tim Hartman was perfect as king Triton, Ariel’s protective but loving father while Triton’s wicked sister, Ursula, was beautifully played by Andrea Weinzieri.

“I want grown-ups to be able to enjoy going back to their childhood and having fun believing in things that seem impossible,” said Rembert who recently graduated from Point Park University and resides in Brentwood. “I want kids to continue to believe that anything is possible and to never someone who looks different than you because you don’t know how they can make your life better.”

“For adults the message of ‘The Little Mermaid’ is acceptance and open-mindedness,” agreed Lamberto, a Seton Hill graduate who resides in Lawrenceville. “Triton thinks all humans are evil but just because someone is gay, Black, Asian or whatever, we all have a heart and at the end of the day, people shouldn’t be condemned for one person’s mistakes. The message for kids is to not give up on what they want to do in life.”

Pittsburgh Musical Theater’s 2015-2016 season will continue with “Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein,” March 5-15. The season will end with “Peter Pan,” which will run from April 23-May 5. All shows are at the Byham Theater.

(For tickets call 412-456-6666 or visit pittsburghmusicals.com.)

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