MUSKEGON — Don’t bring small children.
But get ready to laugh, notably at the expense of a certain mega-famous cartoon mouse.
That’s the general feeling surrounding “Disenchanted!,” a musical parody opening Muskegon Civic Theatre’s new season.
Running Sept. 14-29 at the 169-seat Beardsley Theater in downtown Muskegon, “Disenchanted!” is peopled with six actresses portraying 10 familiar fairytale princesses and heroines.
The characters, however, will not be presented in their accustomed fashion. These ladies are not a collection of Little Goody Two Shoes yearning for some guy to whisk them away to a life of happily ever after.
The Little Mermaid — perhaps because she drinks like a fish? — is an alcoholic fan of singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. When Sleeping Beauty muses that someday her prince will come, she’s not necessarily referring to him showing up. The Princess Who Kissed the Frog is an African American who questions why, for so long, all the main characters in Disney’s “Wonderful World of Color” were white.
These and more are played for laughs, to the peppy songs and witty lyrics of “Disenchanted!” creator Dennis T. Giacino.
Get an early look: At 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, “Disenchanted!” performers will participate in a downtown Muskegon pub crawl. The crawl along West Western Avenue will start on Pigeon Hill Brewing, proceed at Unruly Brewing and finish at The 18th Amendment.
“Disenchanted!” has been well received — and generated positive notices — pretty much everywhere it has landed.
A professional Chicago production of the show was praised by the Chicago Tribune, especially for the songs where were likened “to the best of (the musical lampoon) ‘Forbidden Broadway.’”
As for any chance of running awry of potential Disney concerns over infringement of copyright and trademark, the Tribune’s Chris Jones noted that “Disenchanted!” is a “good old parody” that “mentions the Brothers Grimm much more frequently than the (Mickey) Mouse House.”
Because “Disenchanted!” has adult themes, Muskegon Civic Theatre (MCT) personnel are stressing that the production is suitable for mature audiences; If movie ratings applied, this one would be PG-13.
Charged with pulling all this off here are director Kirk M. Wahamaki, who also is MCT’s artistic director; music director Janie Glerum; choreographer Michelle Rose Ann Thompson: and assistant director and stage manager Paul Dickens-Jacobs.
The cast includes Chelsea Zobl as Snow White; Kristi Stariha as Cinderella; Kendyl White as Sleeping Beauty; Lorrell Pepple as Belle, The Little Mermaid and Rapunzel; Sarah Schultz as Hua Mulan, Pocahontas and Princess Badroulbadour; and Da’kiya Covington as The Princess Who Kissed the Frog.
Evening performances begin at 7:30. “Disenchanted!” will have two, 3 p.m. Sunday matinees, on Sept. 16 and 23. The show’s running time is approximately 90 minutes.
Tickets are $24 for regular admission and $20 for students and senior citizens. They are available at the box office of the downtown Frauenthal Center, and online at startickets.com. All seats are reserved.