Company Theatre’s “Royal Celebration” funding accessibility two ways

NORWELL MARINER – The Company Theatre will transform into a princess-filled wonderland this Saturday as families are invited to enjoy a variety of Disney-themed attractions while supporting an important cause.

As a kickoff for the Company Theatre Arts Accessibility Fund, the theatre will be hosting “Ariel’s Royal Princess Celebration” at the theater, offering numerous stations and activities featuring favorite Disney princesses.

“As a theater, we wanted to do something creative to raise money,” said Corey Cadigan, marketing associate for the theater. “So it’s become an extension of our production of ‘The Little Mermaid’, that’s why we created this idea of Ariel’s Royal Princess Celebration. We wanted something a little different than your average fundraiser.”

Sarah Kelly, who plays the title role of Ariel in the musical currently running at the theater, will be in character for the event and will perform songs from the show. Photo opportunities will be available with Kelly and Prince Eric, played by Chet Davino, as well as other actors as many other princes and princesses.

“They care about this place just as much as we do, so they want to help out in whatever way they can,” Cadigan said.

Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” will be holding storytime, Rapunzel from “Tangled” will be on hand for face painting, and children can also have their nails and hair done or take a ride on a “unicorn”.

“As a theater, we feel like it’s our responsibility to create memorable experiences for people,” Cadigan said. “This is just one way of doing that beyond the shows and concerts.

V.I.P. tickets to the event includes a backstage tour of the set, a favor bag and access to a candy buffet donated by Pinches and Pounds Candy Store in Whitman.

“We’ve come across some fantastic sponsors that are helping out with the event,” Cadigan said, pointing to Lavishly Done Catering, Kate’s Table, who are providing food. “We’ve been really able to embrace the community to help us out with this effort.”

All money raised from the event will benefit the Company Theatre’s Arts Accessibility Fund. This new effort works towards renovating the theater’s elevator chairlift system, which has fallen into disrepair, and by contributing to a scholarship fund which helps give access to the theater’s youth programs to families who can not afford them.

“Overall, our mission is to provide entertainment to the south shore,” Cadigan said. “Part of that is making sure that entertainment is accessible to all.”

“Ariel’s Royal Princess Celebration” will take place on Saturday, Aug. 5 from 2-4 p.m. Children ages 4 and up are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $45 for general admission and $75 for V.I.P. access, and adult admission is included with each ticket. Tickets can be purchased at

By James Kukstis

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