Mermaid Song


       Above the waves, a magic waits
            To fill your head with something new . . .

How different is “too” different? What powers of the heart can overcome those differences? In this classic fairy tale of love, sacrifice and discovery, a princess from beneath the waves risks everything in a strange new world of hope and adventure. Andersen’s Little Mermaid – romantic, funny and fantastical – endures on land and sea, teaching us the power and beauty of a selfless heart. Written by Gay H. Hammond based on the tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Rated G Run time, 55 minutes.



Family Performances
7:30pm, Sept 30, Oct 1, 7 & 8, 2016
2:30pm, Oct 2, 2016

School Matinees
9:30 & 11:30am, Sept 29 & 30, Oct 5-7
(Click the TEACHERS tab for school matinee information)

Special Events

Free Stage Tour (a peek behind the scenes!)
Sept 20, at 6:00 p.m.

FREE Meet-the-Actors Reception
(for patrons, cast and crew following the performance): Sept 30, 2016

FREE Ice Cream Social with the Cast
(following the performance): Oct 2, 2016

“Octopus’s Garden Party”
(special pre-show fun for patrons 6-12 years old!) – 6:30 p.m., Oct 7 or 8, 2016

Want to go coconut bowling or create a porthole that lets you peek into the deep sea? Care to sample some sea squids (that taste surprisingly like fruit leather)?!  As a special pre-show treat, young guppies ages 6-12 are invited to an “Octopus’s Garden Party,” a fun time of undersea crafts, games and snacks! Meet in the Pearce Auditorium lobby at 6:25 p.m., then head to the “Tidal Pond” for a wacky party before the Oct 7 and 8 performances. Tickets just $5 (show tickets sold separately).


Brenau University’s Historic Pearce Auditorium, 500 Washington Street SE, Gainesville, GA 30501

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Ticket Information

Family performance tickets are $10-12 for adults and seniors, $7-8 for students** and children, depending on seat location. Select your own seats online by clicking the link below or by calling the Box Office at 678.717.3624. The Box Office can also make arrangements for ADA seating or, if you have a group of 12 or more, a group discount of 20% off — making a night of live theatre a great option for friends, family, church groups or scouting troops!

*Teachers with groups of 10 or more ($6 tickets; teachers are FREE! See “Teachers” tab.)
**UNG and BU faculty/staff/students must contact the Box Office for specially discounted tickets.

Create your own package!

Purchase tickets to this production AND to one other production at the same time and you’ll get an automatic 10% discount; 3 to 4 shows will receive a 15% discount, and 5 shows or more gets an automatic 20% off. Discounts will be shown (with your savings) in the payment screen.

Artist Spotlights

Jeannie Crawford (Guest Costume Designer)

Jeannie CrawfordJeannie returns for the 12th year with WonderQuest, creating amazing costumes that are at once fun, imaginative, and elaborately adorned. Her work has also been seen in GTA MainStage productions such as The Importance of Being Ernest and Metamorphoses. Jeannie was a 2010 nominee for a Suzi Bass Award in Atlanta for her design of A Man for All Seasons at Theatre in the Square, Marietta. Her early theatre groundwork began at Berkeley Shakespeare, Oregon Shakespeare and San Jose State University.

Gay H. Hammond (Playwright & Director)

Gay HammondGay is the director of WonderQuest and Resident Dramatist of the Gainesville Theatre Alliance. Gay graduated from Brenau College, received her MA from University of Louisville and recently completed her MFA in playwriting from Spalding University. Ms. Hammond has been working in theatre for over 30 years and, in that time, has written more than 35 plays, both for WonderQuest and for the Gainesville Theatre Alliance audiences. She loves children’s literature and writing plays for children. She loves to play with words and is also the Wordsmith and Emcee for the Hall County Literacy Spelling Bee.


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Reservations are complete for the school matinees of MERMAID SONG  –Looking forward to seeing nearly 5,000 young patrons in the coming weeks!

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