The Little Pirate Mermaid at CPA – Our Experience {Review}

Recently I posted about The Little Pirate Mermaid Puppet Show at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta. Well our family was fortunate enough to be invited to view this great show and we had a total blast! We visited the Center for Puppetry Arts on Sunday 6/17 for the 1pm show.

Adapted and directed by Jon Ludwig

2012-13 Family Series

June 14 – July 15, 2012


•Tues-Fri: 10am & 12pm
•Sat: 11am, 1pm, & 3pm
•Sun: 1pm & 3pm 

Previews: June 12 & 13 – 10am & 12pm

No performances on July 3 (Museum & Create-A-Puppet Workshop are open) / Center Closed on July 4

Mainstage Theater

“From the imaginative mind of Artistic Director Jon Ludwig comes a whale of a seafaring adventure based on Hans Christian Andersen’s tale with a swashbuckling musical twist. Featuring over 40 handcrafted puppets, the show takes advantage of marionettes as they are a perfect medium for creating a sense of weightless, “underwater” floating. The magic continues as the story goes above the water for lots of pirate ship fun, including a naval battle, an attack by a monstrous squid and hilarious antics between the sailors and pirates. What’s in store for the Mermaid Princess turned helpful pirate and her buccaneer beau? Take the plunge and see in this exciting adventure featuring a bountiful ocean of puppets, unique characters, original music, stunning stage effects and bubbly action!”

In true Marlee fashion, we arrived at the puppet show with the little miss sporting a mermaid costume. Since we got there a bit early we were able to look at all of the great exhibits. Not only is there a theater, but a museum and puppet workshop as well!

Once we were allowed to enter the theater, Marlee was instantly in awe of the gorgeous set. Since seating is on wooden benches with cushions, I suggest arriving early if you’d like to sit close to the front. Although, since the theater is fairly small I am sure you can see just fine from any seat!

This is not exactly the mermaid tale that Marlee is used to, but I think that made it even more exciting. This show is definitely fun for the whole family– boys and girls! This puppet tale focuses just as much on the pirates as it does the mermaid princess!

At the end of the show all of the puppeteers gave a brief explanation of the types of puppets used in the show. We were all equally as fascinated by the amazing show and life the puppeteers gave the puppets. All of the voices and singing throughout the show are performed live, with several exciting special effects! 

Each ticket to the Center for Puppetry Arts also includes museum entry and a fun puppet workshop! To go along with the ocean theme we made a Manta Ray Marionette, which was fun and simple enough for small children. 

This is definitely a great, kid-friendly facility with so much to offer! I highly suggest a visit if you live in or around Atlanta or plan to visit! I know we’ll be back!

Disclosure:  I received no monetary compensation for this post.  I received a ticket package to The Little Pirate Mermaid for the purposes of this review.  All opinions are my own.