Dinan back on stage in ‘Little Mermaid’

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Wilson’s Shane Dinan has gone from graduate school to under the sea for the Rocky Mount production of “Disney’s Little Mermaid.” The musical is presented by the Imperial Center for the Arts and Sciences’ community theater.

Dinan is familiar to Wilson audiences who watched him perform principal roles in many ACT for Youth and summer theater productions at the Boykin Center in such shows as “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and “Music Man.”

“The Little Mermaid” returns for a second of two weekends starting Friday night. Dinan received a bachelor’s degree in music with a concentration in vocal performance at Western Carolina University. He was in musical groups and choirs and did theater there as well. His most notable role, he said, was Marius in “Les Miserables,” directed by Broadway star Terrence Mann.

After receiving his undergraduate degree, Dinan headed to graduate school at James Madison University where he received a graduate degree in occupational therapy in December. With the demands of graduate school, Dinan wasn’t able to do theater and said he lost his connection with performance.

“It was hard on me,” he said.

Back in Wilson and studying for national board exams, he was ready to get back on stage and auditioned for “Little Mermaid.”

“The show is awesome, and I love doing it,” he said.

Dinan said he wants to continue performing once he is settled in a job in his field.

“I fully plan to be fully engaged in theater wherever I am,” he said.

You might see other familiar faces in the show as well including cast members Alex Guyton-Lange of Wilson, who plays Flotsom, and Kaitlyn Reda, who plays Andrina and has appeared in ACT for Youth shows.

For information on times and tickets for the show, call 252-972-1266 for more information.