Disney Park Opens ‘The Little Mermaid’ Casting Call to Transgender Men & Women

Katie Francis

A boat with three figures sails through an illuminated, enchanting cave adorned with glowing plants, sea creatures, and twinkling lights. Decorated arch framing the scene with seashell and ocean motifs evokes a magical ambiance reminiscent of The Little Mermaid.

Disney Park Opens ‘The Little Mermaid’ Casting Call to Transgender Men & Women

Disney’s Hollywood Studios has opened a casting call for the upcoming “The Little Mermaid – A Musical Adventure” production to transgender men and women.

Disney Opens ‘Little Mermaid’ Casting Call to Transgender Actors

Concept art boat with two figures sails through an illuminated, enchanting cave adorned with glowing plants, sea creatures, and twinkling lights. Decorated arch framing the scene with seashell and ocean motifs evokes a magical ambiance reminiscent of The Little Mermaid.

The new show, which is replacing “Voyage of the Little Mermaid,” is searching to fill roles, including leads Ariel and Eric. A call for auditions in New York revealed that the casting is explicitly inclusive of transgender men and women. In the past, the listings would state “man” or “woman” without specifying whether or not the individual had to be cisgender.

Casting Call for "The Little Mermaid - A Musical Adventure" at Disney Park, seeking actors for roles including Prince Eric: an 18-30-year-old white, transgender man, 5'10"-6'0", charismatic and fearless.

The listing for Ariel reads, “18 to 30 years old, White woman, transgender woman. 5’2″ – 5’6″. A spirited, fun-loving, yet curious mermaid princess who longs to be a part of the human world. Lyrical pop soprano with belt to C.”

And for Eric, it reads, “18 to 30 years old, White man, transgender man. 5’10” – 6’0″. Charismatic and fearless, Prince Eric is a true romantic who never gives up on his heart’s desire. Non-singing role.”

The Little Mermaid — A Musical Adventure is set to debut this fall at the Animation Courtyard Theater in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It will feature the same songs as “Voyage of the Little Mermaid,” plus “Kiss the Girl” and “Daughters of Triton.” A first look at some of the new puppets was released earlier this year.

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