The Newton Community Theater is making a comeback, though the reasons for not having a show a year ago was out of their control.


“We didn't have a place,” said organizer Bren Williams.


The high school was undergoing technology upgrades, making the auditorium unusable. This year, the theatre group is returning with a recognizable production and a new trick up its sleeve to try and get more people to take advantage of a matinee show.


Tickets for a production of Disney's “Little Mermaid” went on sale Thursday. Seats for the June 29, 30 and July 1 productions are available at the Newton Recreation Commission, Walton State Bank and Designs by John.


“We have a great cast,” Williams said.


And there is that matinee — which she believes will be a lot of fun for everyone. Not only is that the showing targeted for members of the recent youth theater camp to participate in, the format is one that is a bit different.


“Matinees have typically been difficult to fill. This year it is a sing-a-long matinee,” Williams said. “If they sing along, great. If they are dancing in the aisles, awesome. With this show, kids will know the words of the songs. … We are hoping people will bring their kids.”


All seats for all showings will be general admission. Cost to attend will be $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and children.