Theatre Under The Stars will be producing the stage version of The Little Mermaid at the Hobby Center in June, and is whetting the audience’s appetite with a screening of the animated film that started it all, Disney’s 1989 The Little Mermaid. Disney has taken the powerful metaphor of the original Hans Christian Andersen fable and kept its haunting star-crossed-lovers appeal, along with a sense of wanderlust. Ariel is a headstrong 16-year-old mermaid, the daughter of Triton, king of the Sea. Ariel journeys beyond her own world to the surface, where she falls in love with Prince Eric, and enters into an agreement with evil sea witch Ursula in order to become human herself. There is magic afoot, and epic battles and a maelstrom that threatens to overwhelm the lovers, but, as always, Disney provides a happy ending.