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Port Moody grad goes 'under the sea' for East Van Panto

Ghazal Azarbad portrays the love interest in the 10th anniversary show by Theatre Replacement.

A Heritage Woods Secondary graduate is set to play Erik in the East Van Panto production of The Little Mermaid.

Ghazal Azarbad of Port Moody portrays the love interest in the 10th anniversary show by Theatre Replacement, at Vancouver's York Theatre (639 Commercial Dr.) from Nov. 16 to Jan. 1.

Written by Sonja Bennett and directed by Meg Roe, with music by Veda Hille, the audience follows a modern Ariel at New Brighton Beach — busking with her girl band — as she falls in love with Erik, a teenage mer-person who lives in the Burrard Inlet.

Born in Mashhad, Iran, Azarbad played Juliet in Bard on the Beach’s Romeo and Juliet (opposite Daniel Fong), as well as Viola de Lesseps in Shakespeare in Love.

She’s also performed in Arts Club Theatre and Search Party Productions shows.

Besides the in-person events, The Little Mermaid is available to watch online on-demand from Dec. 17 to Jan. 1 through RE/PLAY, The Cultch's digital site.

For tickets and more information, you're encouraged to visit The Clutch's website, or call the company directly at 604-251-1363.

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