Public & School Performances January-March 2024

(AUSTIN, TX) – ZACH Theatre’s Family Series brings the return of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid at The Whisenhunt at ZACH playing January 23 – March 3, 2024 with both public and school performances.

Based on the original fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen and adapted by Nat Miller, this modern take on the timeless story incorporates projection design by Kate Leahy with original composition by Allen Roberston. In addition to public performances, The Little Mermaid will play weekdays, January 23–March 1 for almost 4,000 students at various schools across Central Texas.

Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid stars Khali Sykes as the Storyteller and Ruth Waiwaiole as the Storyteller Understudy.

“Heavily influenced by work I’ve seen at international festivals in Europe, Asia, and Australia where their work is much more nuanced, theatrical, and takes bolder risks. This version uses projections and technology to meet students in the digital world where they spend a lot of their time,” said ZACH Director of Youth Programming, Nat Miller. “This one-woman The Little Mermaid combines video with the art of storytelling as a way to invite the audience into the story while still igniting the imagination.”

Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid is adapted by NAT MILLER with original composition and sound design by ALLEN ROBERTSON. Additional production team includes SCOTT GROH as scenic and properties designer, KRISTIN KNIPP as costume designer, projection and lighting design by KATE LEAHY and ALY REDLAND as stage manager.

Special Events in celebration of Hans Christen Andersen’s The Little Mermaid:

  • Pay What You Will Week – Tuesday, January 23 – Sunday, January 28, 2024
  • Press and Opening Night – Friday, January 26, 2024 at 7pm; Press may RSVP to [email protected]
  • ASL Performance – Sunday, February 25, 2024 at 2pm

Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid

When:  January 26 – March 3, 2024
Friday, January 26 at 7pm; Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm; Saturday February 24 & March 2 at 11am

Where:  The Whisenhunt at ZACH | 1510 Toomey Rd | Austin, TX | 78704

PRESS: For press seats, interviews, and all other inquiries, please contact [email protected].


Tickets are available online at zachtheatre.org and by phone at 512-476-0541 Tuesday through Friday, 12–5 p.m. Free, short-term, and convenient parking is available at the front entrance. ZACH Theatre is wheelchair accessible. A limited number of Pay–What–You–Will tickets are available the first week of performances only. Groups of 8 or more may request reservations by calling 512-476-0594 x126 or by emailing [email protected].

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Khali Skyes – Storyteller

Ruth Waiwaiole – Understudy Storyteller


Nat Miller – Director

Allen Robertson – Sound Designer and Composer

Scott Groh – Scenic and Properties Designer

Kristin Knipp – Costume Designer

Kate Leahy – Lighting and Projections Designer

Aly Redland – Stage Manager

About ZACH Theatre

A non-profit organization, ZACH creates intimate theatre experiences that ignite the imagination, inspire the spirit, and engage the community. As Austin’s leading professional producing theatre, ZACH employs more than 300 actors, musicians, and designers annually to create its own diverse array of nationally recognized plays and musicals under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley and Managing Director Jamie Herlich. Each year, ZACH serves nearly 140,000 Central Texans – 57,000 of which are children and youth who participate in our education and outreach programs, as well as inspiring camps and classes. Founded in 1932, ZACH is the longest continuously running theatre company in the state of Texas, and one of the ten oldest in the country. Visit https://www.zachtheatre.org for more information.

ZACH Theatre’s 2023–24 Season is sponsored in part by Baylor Scott & White Health, Holiday Inn-Town Lake, Betty Nowlin, and Carolyn and Marc Seriff; and by grants from The Shubert Foundation, Junior League of Austin, The National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the Cultural Arts Division of The City of Austin Economic Development Department.

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