The Grand Opera House and Rising Star Theatre Company Announce Youth Production Collaboration 

Two local theatre companies, The Grand Opera House and Rising Star Theatre Company, today announced the collaboration on an upcoming youth production to take place in August 2022. This collaboration will build upon both companies current summer youth programming and create a unique theatrical experience in Dubuque. 

Disney’s The Little Mermaid will replace the previously announced production titles from each respected company. All students, currently in 2nd – 12th grades, are eligible to audition and will be cast in this production. Rehearsals will begin in early July with performances taking place August 11-14, 2022, at the Grand Opera House. 

This collaboration will be led by the Grand’s executive and artistic director Nick Halder and Rising Star Theatre Company’s education director Megan Schumacher. Schumacher will also serve as the director for Disney’s The Little Mermaid and work alongside theatre teaching artists and professionals from both organizations. 

“Collaboration is at the core of theatre,” said Halder, “and is something that I have embraced throughout my career. We look forward to working together with Rising Star Theatre Company to provide exceptional theatre opportunities for students in the tri-states.” 

RSTC Co-Founder Megan Schumacher said, “We at Rising Star Theatre Company are excited to combine our resources and skills with those of the Grand Opera House to provide an even richer experience for students in our community.” 

Auditions for Disney’s The Little Mermaid will take place Saturday, June 4, 9am – Noon and 1 – 4 PM and Sunday, June 5, 6 – 9 PM. More details about this production will be announced shortly. 

The Grand Opera House and Rising Star Theatre Company Presents 

Disney’s The Little Mermaid 

Directed by 

Megan Schumacher 

Dates and Times: 

Thursday, August 11 @ 1pm 

Friday, August 12 @ 1pm 

Friday, August 12 @ 7:30pm 

Saturday, August 13 @ 2:00pm 

Saturday, August 13 @ 7:30pm 

Sunday, August 14 @ 2:00pm 

Ticket Prices: 

Adults – $15 | Under 18 – $10 

Group Pricing is available for Groups over 12 people 

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