Where magical mermaids swim and play, daring pirates sail the seas for treasure and mythical Viking storytellers weave tales of fantasy and wonder. Set in the Scenic heart of the California coast, Nymhia: Mermaid of the Nautilus brings together the realms of fantasy, aquatics and the performing arts to bring together a unique style of entertainment to enchant and delight.
As a rising company, we strongly believe in the idea of giving back to our communities both above and below the sea. Each gig booked with us here at the Seafarers Grotto, a 10% donation will be made in your honor to help our ocean species thrive.
We booked Nymphia for my (mermaid obsessed) daughter's 5th after seeing her first at the festival of sail this year. I had been impressed then with how she always stayed in character even while I was asking about her availability and services.
For our event she was very communicative beforehand, letting me know what to expect. She worked with us to do a stealth entry and exit so that the kids would not see her out of costume. She looked very convincing, and one of the 5 year olds who had been told by friends that mermaids weren't real turned to her mom upon seeing her and said "See, I told you mermaids were real!".
My daughter was entranced by her. Nypmphia sat with her telling her stories and answering all of her questions. She did a lovely story time, sang some songs, and deftly fielded all kinds of questions (you have to think fast on your feet, er fins, when a kiddo asks you if you have a cell phone!).
All in all it was a wonderful experience, and I would highly recommend Nymphia for your next birthday party!
Response from Nymphia: Mermaid of the Nautilus:
It was absolutely amazing to get to celebrate with Nyssa for her 5th birthday :) Send her lots of mermaid hugs ❤️
As Co-founder of the OB Merpod, it is extremely important for me to find performers that are not only dedicated to their craft, but also committed to being professional and enthusiastic. I had the pleasure of meeting Mermaid Nymphia at the Escondido Renaissance Faire last year. I was immediately blown away by her grace, amazing singing voice and ability to engage guests of all ages at the event. We were nothing short of honored when she accepted the invitation to join our group.
The OB Merpod is an organization that provides mermaid and pirate performers for events all over Southern California. In the last two years Mermaid Nymphia has joined us at several events hosting thousands of visitors. Her costuming and ability to transform is simply amazing! The magic she brings is sure to leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. I highly recommend hiring her to add that special something to your occasion.
Response from Nymphia: Mermaid of the Nautilus:
It's truly an honor to work alongside the OB Merpod for their events! Can't wait to see what more mermaid adventures will come to pass <3
Price Range: $250 and Up
Gig Length: 60 - 500 minutes
Languages: English, Spanish
Insurance: $450 - Should anything go wrong, we do have a liability fee for any damages to our sets, costumes or any harassment of our performers. Should the need arise, the client is responsible to pay the liability fee in full.
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What to Expect
Services are always different depending on the type of events.
MERMAID MEET & GREETS (1-2+ Hours)
* Private Birthday Parties
* Community Pools and Marine Events
* Public Events/ Faires/Festivals
* Non-Profit Organizations/ Fundraisers
MEET AND GREET ADD-ONS
Most of these services can be added on to your party package if there's anything in the basic package that you care to switch out or replace. I try to give a baseline of all the services I do provide depending on the duration of the party, but I am willing to negotiate switching things up if necessary. Inquire within about any of the services listed below.
Extra Grab Bag Treasure Chests
Educational Pool Games (depending on the duration of the event)
Interactive Story Time Session (depending on the duration of the event)
Mermaid Makeover + Glitter Tattoos (Land Events/ Meet and Greets Only)
Interactive Ocean Explorer Chest
Mermaid/ Sea Shanty Sing Along Song
Description: Let Mermaid Nymphia delight your guests and patrons with a fun appearance! Perfect for any private event or party, especially for those involving the littler guppies as well! Our mermaid will arrive with her inflatable seashell throne littered with nautical decorations, musical accompaniment and treasure chests full of goodies and grab bags for your patrons and guests. Will also include an interactive story time session, pool games and a complimentary 5'7 group photo in a sleeve mailed directly to you after your event
LIVE SHOW PACKAGES
The Song of the Sea- (Solo Performance Show)
* Corporate Events & Functions
* Public Faires/ Festivals (With Water Access)
* Small Performance Spaces (With Water Access)
* Non-Profit Organizations/ Fundraisers
* Large Scale Parties
Description: A two-act structured dance performance about a young girl from a fishing village who abandons her humanity to become one with the sea. Let your guests be astounded and entranced by the beautiful, show-calibur dance, with LED light effects, beautiful music, and a combination of lyrical, ballet and synchronized swimming. Includes two small meet and greet sessions both before and after showtime, and a 15 minute intermission in between both segments.
*For best results, this package is better performed at night or in darkness.
They say that every story has a beginning, except mine has a much more different beginning than some would like to believe. As a young boy growing up in a very artistic lifestyle, I've always been enamored by the mythology and the beauty surrounding mermaids. I grew up watching films like The Little Mermaid, Aquamarine and Splash and had always been fascinated by the world of merpeople. Every day I would visit the beach or the swimming pool I would cross my legs while I was swimming and pretend that I was Ariel exploring for sunken treasures. For a child with a vivid imagination, it's always the simplest things that really make things shine.
However, I never realized that being a mermaid could even be considered a legitimate career until I reached my college years. I was always asked that age old question of "what I wanted to be when I grew up," for many people the answer could come instinctively. A doctor, a fireman, joining the military, a lawyer, are usually the common answers that everyone usually associates with finding a job. However, I never legit said that I wanted to be a mermaid. Instead, originally I actually wanted to pursue a career in animation, however as my hobbies and lifestyle changed, so did my career path. It went from animator to costume designer, and finally to a performer. The mermaid movement has been a popular craze as of recently with the release of swimmable mermaid tails as a means of a fitness tool but the idea of mermaiding professionally has spanned years and years of history in both film, and TV. Starting with the lovely Daryl Hannah and eventually the inspirational Hannah Fraser who has been using her mermaid persona as an ocean ambassador for conservation for many years. I've had friends who were in the industry but honestly I never thought that I would get so attached to the art until I had met a very special merman who I have the pleasure of calling a friend and mentor on all things mermaid.
I finally had a resolve, I not only wanted to be a mermaid as a profession, I wanted it to be a mechanism of acceptance. The merfolk community is very broad and it does indeed go to show that no matter what color your skin, sexual preference, gender identity, religion or otherwise, it is in fact the ocean and a love for the hobby that connects us. We are not just dressing up in these elaborate high end silicone tails to fulfill a fantasy. As merpeople, we want to show people who may not quite understand what we do, and revolutionize peoples perception of it into something truly spectacular.
Additional Booking Notes
Technical requirements usually only apply to any of the live show packages.
Any of our live show packages must be performed in a venue with access to a large pool or a large body of water. For optimum results, a large pool that ranges to about 7-10ft deep would be the most appropriate as well as a small spot to place the inflatable seashell prop to use for photo opportunities both before and after the live show.
Meet and Greets can be performed both on land and in water. As long as I have a rather large space to perform, I should be perfectly content. If your meet and greet takes place in water, the pool venue must be able to accommodate both a large group of children as well as a rather large mermaid tail. My fluke measures about 30 inches across which makes maneuvering through crowds a bit difficult.
Past Booked Events
|December 02, 2017 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm||Children's Birthday Party|
Meet and Greets come with a large inflatable seashell prop that serves as the mermaid's perch while performing. The seashell prop is also decorated with a fishing net adorned with seashells for a little nautical flare.
SETS COMING SOON
TRAVELING MERMAID GROTTO
Perfect for Meet and Greets and Public Appearances.
Our traveling mermaid grotto set is one of our larger set ups and more complex set ups that is better suited for meet and greets! Our grotto comes with a large nautically decorated cabana that includes our mermaid's signature seashell throne, A beach like setup with an interchangeable background for any theme you have in mind, your choice of nautical decor from more treasure chests filled with goodies to beautiful scenic lamps and decorations to make this a mermaids paradise.
At night, watch our grotto come to life with an ocean LED light effect that truly makes you feel like your underwater or a jellyfish fiber optic canopy for a little bit of glamour.
SUNKEN SHIP GROTTO SET (COMING SOON)
Perfect for Corporate Events, Public Appearances and Larger Scale Parties and Events
Our deluxe version of our traditional mermaid grotto and probably one of the larger set ups we have available. The centerpiece that ties this set together is the large sunken ship prop that serves as the base for this grotto set, complete with nautical decorations and beautiful arrays of sea plants, ocean effect LED projectors, music, and pop up decorations, as well as our mermaid's signature seashell throne makes this large set perfect for making any party nautical. This area can also serve as a complex photo area as well.
Influences & Inspiration
My influences, especially for the dance performances and characters can come from pretty much everywhere. For the pirates, I wanted to show how broad of a spectrum pirates can expand. For example, our leading pirate Garret is from the waters of the Spanish Maine, and we have a few other pirates from The British Isles all the way to land of the Barbary Coast. As such I want to be as true to life as I can in both designing their costumes and delivering a performance that can be true to their respective culture.
For the mermaids, Nymphia herself was based off an old illustration of a children's book I owned of the Hans Christian Andersen Little Mermaid to start, but later as she evolved I wanted the idea that each mermaid would represent a certain sea as well as the creature that dwells within her respective sea. I didn't want the stereotypical mermaid with the blonde hair/ blue tail or red hair/green tail combo. I wanted to show that mermaids as a species are diverse and can all look different. Every historical account has a vision of mermaids in their head and I wanted to shed some light on a few of those representations but still adding my own flair to their personality.
The Vikings came almost as a last minute thing, Vikings usually aren't as widely talked about in the realms of fantasy and the maritime traditions. However you see them present in a lot of maritime lore. The Vikings are a strong race with a true cultural heritage that really inspired me the more I researched about them. There's also a lot of mysticism that accompanies them that for me, was a lot of fun to play around with and explore.
Inflatable Seashell w/ Fish Net Decoration
Treasure Chest for Grab Bag Goodies
Storybook (For Storytimes)
LED Belly Dance Wings ( LIVE SHOW)
LED Floating Water Lilies (LIVE SHOW)
Large Pool 7-10ft Deep ( LIVE SHOW ONLY)