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Matthews Playhouse Hopes to Make a Splash with ‘Disney's Finding Nemo JR.’



Tickets are now on sale for ‘Disney's Finding Nemo JR.’, a lively musical adaptation of the beloved 2003 Pixar movie, at Matthews Playhouse October 14-22, 2023.


(Matthews, NC)— Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts invites audience members of all ages to dive in and experience the magical big blue world of the ocean floor when ‘Disney’s Finding Nemo JR.’ comes to life on stage October 12-22, 2023. This vibrant underwater adventure, based on the popular 2003 Pixar film, shares a story about family, friendship, and adventure.


The production is being directed by Charlotte actor/director/theatre artist Sidney Horton, and features an all-youth cast portraying loveable characters like Nemo, Marlin, Dory and others. Audiences will delight in the production’s imaginative costumes, an exciting underwater-themed set, creative puppetry, and memorable musical numbers composed by award-winning songwriting team Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, best known for their Oscar-winning score for Frozen. The list of cast members is as follows.

Allan Reyes - Nemo

Julian Starkey - Marlin

Noelle Wilson - Dory

Jordan Hartley - Bubbles, Sea Chorus

Lina Zierler - Bloat, Sea Chorus

Evan Mueller - Tad, Gurgle, Sea Chorus

Carole Burke - Coral, Peach, Sea Chorus

Caroline Anderson - Nigel, Sea Chorus

Julia Vanella - Anchor, Gill, Sea Chorus

Amelia Arnette - Bruce, Breeze, Sea Chorus

Leighton Cooper - Chum, Kai, Sea Chorus

Margot Meyers - Pearl, Sea Chorus

Bennett Thurgood - Sheldon, Seagull, Sea Chorus

Lauren Berkley - Professor Ray, Crush, Jellyfish,

Claire Wallace Anderson - Seagull, Sea Chorus

Nolan Maggi - Squirt, Seagull, Sea Chorus

Nora Williams - Seagull, Sea Chorus

Alice Fincher - Sea Chorus

Scarlett Stahnke - Sea Chorus

Ava Byers - Sea Chorus


‘Disney’s Finding Nemo JR.’ runs approximately 60-minutes with no intermission and is suitable for most children of all ages. This family-friendly musical adaptation of the Disney classic opens Thursday, October 12, 2023 with a special “Pay-What-You-Can” preview performance benefiting C.O.S.Kids, a non-profit child care organization based in Matthews. Performances will continue through Sunday, October 22, 2022.


Performance Dates- October 12-22, 2023


Where- 100 East McDowell Street, Matthews, NC 28105


Pay-What-You- Can Performance- The 7:30 p.m. performance Thursday, October 12th will be a Pay-What-You-Can performance benefiting C.O.S.Kids. Seating is general admission and will be on a first-come-first serve basis. The theatre suggests a $10 donation per ticket, but any amount will be accepted. Donations can be made with cash or credit.


Family Pajama Night! - October 13, 2023 is Family Pajama Night! Any child wearing pajamas to the 7:30 p.m. performance of Disney’s Finding Nemo, Jr. will get to choose a fun prize from the Matthews Playhouse “treasure box”.


School Shows- Matthews Playhouse is offering weekday performances of ‘Disney’s Finding Nemo, Jr.’ for school children, teachers and homeschool communities to enhance and support the classroom curriculum the week of October 16-20, 2023. Those interested in attending a weekday performance can visit https://www.matthewsplayhouse.com/plan-your-field-trip.


Sensory Friendly Performance - The 11 a.m. performance on Saturday, October 21st will be a Sensory Friendly Performance that will be modified to accommodate special needs children and their families. Tickets to this performance (and all other performances) can be made by going to https://www.matthewsplayhouse.com/finding-nemo-jr .


Kids with Disabilities in the Spotlight (KiDS) Mini-Camp- The theatre is also offering a special KiDS Mini-Camp for special needs children ages 7-16 on October 21st from 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The cost of registration will include a craft, theatre games, a back-stage-tour, an opportunity to meet cast members, and one (1) *admission to the 11 a.m. Sensory Friendly Performance of Disney’s Finding Nemo JR.. Space is limited and advanced registration is required. Parents can learn more about this program and how to register by visiting www.matthewsplayhouse.com/post/announcing-kids-disney-s-finding-nemo-jr-mini-camp

*Parents of children participating in the KiDS Workshop may purchase an additional ticket for themselves if they would like to join them during the show by going to https://www.matthewsplayhouse.com/finding-nemo-jr .


Tickets- Prices range from $10-$19 and are available for advance purchase. Tickets and show times are available at https://www.matthewsplayhouse.com/finding-nemo-jr .


About the Matthews Playhouse

The Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts is a community based non-profit theatre committed to enriching the lives of children, adults, and families by inviting them to participate

in the world of performing arts and education. We commit to this mission by ensuring the excellence of our cultural programs for the participation and enjoyment of the people in our community.


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