Borrowing a six-year-old girl isn’t necessary to enjoy “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” the current Dallas Summer Musicals (dallassummermusicals.org) in Dallas. Even a jaded, seen-it-all adult will enjoy this family-friendly show, staged through Sunday at the Music Hall at Fair Park. The costumes are so lavish, the sets so imaginative, the lighting so dramatic that adults and their children will delight in this sea fantasy featuring Alan Menken’s music. The popular Disney animated film is transported to stage in an undulating incarnation of bubbles, fish, sea gulls, sailors and, of course, mermaids. Those who loved the movie won’t be disappointed. Chelsea Morgan Stock handles the title role well, combining girlish wonder with a beautiful voice and rendering a sweet, near perfect version of ”Part of Your World.” Tap dancing sea gull, Scuttle, played by Matt Allen, highlights Act II with his comical malapropisms, and Liz McCartney steals the spotlight with her rendition of Ursula the sea witch and the movie’s well-remembered song “Poor Unfortunate Souls.” The true stars of the show are the lovely costumes designed by Amy Clark and Mark Koss, the amazing sets by Kenneth Foy and the innovative lighting. All together it makes the production numbers entertaining and fun. “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” a version of a Broadway show now revised by Dallas Summer Musicals, is a bubble of a musical. Only a poor, unfortunate soul would miss it.
Disney’s newest sensation, Demi Lovato turned 17 last August, but due to her filming commitment (she was in Canada filming Camp Rock 2 with the Jonas Brothers), she wasn’t able to truly celebrate her special day.Â Â Now that the film has wrapped up, Miss Lovato recently returned home to her family in Colleyville and celebrated in “four-wheel” style.Â How?Â By dropping in on her uncle David De La Garza (Miss Lavato’s stepfather and manager is Eddie De La Garza’s, David’s brother), to pick up her first car: a new 2010 Mercedes-Benz E350.Â
“At the very top of her list was a trip to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles,” reports De La Garza, Finance Director at Park Place Motorcars. “She wanted to have a Texas driver’s license rather than a California one. And she would only buy a car from Park Place Motorcars’ for obvious reasons.”
Miss Lovato had ordered her new wheels back in July from Park Place Motorcars and clearly, this celebrity wasn’t just going for the basic model.Â Only Cinderella’s carriage could out do this, and remember, Cinderella had to give hers back at midnight!Â
“The car is as loaded as you can get a car,” said De La Garza.Â “It has absolutely everything: a high-end sound system, iPod kit, Parktronic, etc.”
With the success of a top rated Disney Channel’s TV series, Sonny With A Chance, a successful Disney Channel Original Movie, Camp Rock, and top selling album (her second album Here We Go Again, debuted at #1 on Billboard 200 the past July), Miss Lovato has proven herself to be talent force that is here to stay…and now one that arrives wherever she goes in celebrity style!