Fast Times at Mermaid High opens April 22

Award-winning Pantochino Productions Inc. will debut its new family musical, “Fast Times at Mermaid High” in a limited engagement beginning Friday, April 22 at the Center for the Arts in Downtown Milford.
“Fast Times at Mermaid High” is an original musical featuring book and lyrics by Bert Bernardi and music by Justin Rugg. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” Bernardi and Rugg have set the story in and about the halls of a high school in the early 1980s. The show features the sights, sounds, fashions and fads of the eighties, while telling the familiar tale of the mermaid who wishes for legs and life above the waves.

“Mixing classic undersea fairy tale characters with teen films and fads creates a wet, wild and wonderful world where fun takes center stage,” said Bernardi. “And the original musical score, inspired by the pop, rock and new wave trends of the 80s, is both exciting and captivating.”

The cast of “Fast Times at Mermaid High” includes members of Pantochino’s ensemble company including Jimmy Johansmeyer, Mary Mannix, composer Rugg, Shelley Marsh Poggio,

Andrea Pane, Maria Berte and George Spelvin. They are joined by Hannah Duffy, Jaden Bonfietti-Csvhinka, Jaxon Beirne, Cassie Gerace, Hannah Kupson and Meg Cardi. Sets for the original musical are created by Von Del Mar with lighting by Jeff Carr, costumes by Johansmeyer and sound by Nate Dobas. Jeff Therkelsen is production stage manager.

For “Fast Times at Mermaid High,” Pantochino welcomes new sponsor, Dream Vacations.

“Fast Times at Mermaid High” opens April 22 and plays Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through May 1. Special ‘party performances’ are featured at the Saturday 2 p.m. show and features cafe seating.

Audiences are encouraged to bring their own food and drink. The Center for the Arts is located at 40 Railroad Avenue (in the former eastbound train depot) in Downtown Milford.

Free parking is available in the train station lots. All seats are $18. online, or $20 if available at the door. Due to limited seating, online ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets and other information is available at