While there weren’t any actual lions in ABC’s The Little Mermaid Live, which aired November 5, there sure were a lot of Emersonians who worked on the show.
“I actually didn’t realize we had so many Emerson alum until a few days before the show. It was a pleasant surprise to work with fellow Emersonians,” said Co-Executive Producer Rob Paine ’92.
Paine added that projects like ABC’s first live musical don’t come around very often, and working with such a talented crew of Emersonians and everyone else was a true pleasure.
“Working on The Little Mermaid Live! was an absolute dream come true,” said Associate Producer Phil Rosenberg ’14, who is a lifelong Disney fan. “My 8-year-old self is screaming with joy!”
Throughout the production Emersonians performed different tasks unique to it being a live show.
“The fast pacing of a live show required the team to create exquisite make-ups with speedy changes and to keep our ears open to jump in to assist a fellow make-up artist who needed extra hands,” said Claire Doyle ’00, who was on the make-up crew.
Rosenberg had the very cool job of adding Easter eggs into the show and sound FX into the live musical performances.
Rosenberg said it was amazing to see all the Emersonians working together on the production. “It really goes to show that the college sets you up for success. And that the Emerson Mafia is very real!”