Starting this evening, the Hays Community Theater will perform The Little Mermaid, the stage musical based on the animated Disney movie.

“Make sure everyone knows it’s for one weekend only,” said David Koshiol, who plays King Triton. “It’s such a great show and I’d hate for anyone to miss it.”

The cast includes Erin Muirhead as Ariel, the daughter of the controlling King Triton, and Tom Drabkin as Pilot. The story is about a mermaid who dreams of the world above the sea and finds love on a forbidden visit.

It’s been a lot of work to put on the show, said Koshiol, noting that all the costumes and sets were made by hand in the two months the cast had to prepare.

“There is a lot of talent behind the scenes as well as on the stage,” he said.

The musical opens tonight at 7 p.m. at the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center, 600 Park St., on the Fort Hays State University campus. The show runs Friday and Saturday evenings too, also starting at 7 p.m.

“This is going to be one of our best shows we’ve ever done,” said Koshiol, who in real life is a plumber for the Auman Co. and a massage therapist at Rock Haven Spa. “Everybody’s really put in a lot of effort and a lot of work for this and it really shows.”

Audiences who have seen the movie will be in for a special treat.

“There’s the classic music that everybody’s used to, like 'Under the Sea' and 'Kiss the Girl,' but since it’s a musical there’s some extra musical numbers people aren’t used to, so that will be a treat for people.”

Tickets are $25 whether purchased in advance or at the door.

On the web site, www.hctks.com/events, buyers can scroll to The Little Mermaid, then click on the date of their choice to pick a seat and buy a ticket.

To watch Koshiol's video trailer for the play, go to The Hays Daily News on Facebook.