“I have a brother and a sister, but I’m the only mermaid in the family,” Stayce McConnell explains with a laugh backstage. Then she adjusts her tail and dives into a 60-foot-long tunnel to star in The Little Mermaid show in the 500-seat underwater theater at Weeki Wachee Springs.
Weeki Wachee begins operation as a state park later this year after a mighty effort to save it. That means children such as the six small girls intently watching the show from front-row seats can still believe in mermaids. They might even grow up to be mermaids too. One tip from Stayce: “Be sure to wear waterproof makeup.” www.weekiwachee.com or (352) 596-2062.