Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia: The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites
Part of the APPlause! K-12 Performing Arts Series
Three beloved stories by Eric Carle, award-winning children’s book illustrator and author, are retold on stage through the magic of black light and fanciful puppets. The Very Hungry Caterpillar follows the wonderful adventures of a very tiny and very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through an amazing variety of foods on his path to becoming a beautiful butterfly. High up in the sky, Little Cloud playfully transforms himself into various creatures, including a sheep, an airplane, a shark and more. The Mixed-Up Chameleon is bored with his life, sitting about predictably changing color all day. Following an adventurous trip to the zoo, he attempts to emulate the beautiful animals he sees before coming to the conclusion that there is value in his own unique self.
Adapted, designed and directed by Jim Morrow, with music by Steven Naylor and narration by Gordon Pinsent, the hour-long production features the imaginative approach to storytelling through theatre that has earned international recognition for Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia.
Run time approximately 60 minutes
About the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
Mermaid Theatre is best known for unique stage adaptations of children’s beloved literary classics. The company’s innovative puppetry, striking scenic effects, evocative original music and gentle storytelling have been applauded by over six million spectators in 15 countries.
The Theatre’s focus is twofold. On the one hand Mermaid’s energetic professional touring theatre for family audiences has won international claim for original productions with a strong emphasis on puppetry and the incorporation of original music. At the other end of the spectrum, Mermaid has a strong local and regional presence as the result of teaching and presenting activities. These include the Mermaid Theatre Loft’s artists’ residencies, the Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Entertainment series also known as MIPAC, and the Institute of Puppetry Arts’ innovative education and outreach programs.
The promotion of indigenous talent is of prime importance to the company. Mermaid Theatre’s touring productions at home and abroad serve as a continuous showcase for the Atlantic Region’s performing artists, writers, directors, designers and technicians. The company ranks among Atlantic Canada’s foremost cultural employers, and is currently Canada’s major exporter of theatre for family audiences.
The company’s choice of material is based on the belief that young people can benefit substantially both in their emotional and aesthetic development, from early exposure to literature, the arts, and the power of imagination. The company’s objective is to produce work that is good theatre – entertaining, informative and stimulating to all the senses. As important is the goal of encouraging literacy and generating enthusiasm for the art of reading.
Mermaid Theatre has been in continuous operation since it was founded in 1972 in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. The theatre moved to the neighboring town of Windsor in 1987, and helped to revitalize the historic town’s downtown business core. The extensive headquarters encompass production studios, administrative offices, rehearsal quarters, a versatile studio, and an elegant 400-seat performance facility known as The Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre (MIPAC). The enthusiastic response to the innovative family audiences programming has enabled Mermaid Theatre of Nava Scotia to establish unparalleled touring circuits.
Each year they present more than 400 performances for 200,000 spectators – many of whom are new to the theatre experience. Mermaid regularly crosses Canada and the United States, and has represented Canada in more than a dozen countries. Recorded narration featuring outstanding international artists facilitates performances in English, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, French, Cantonese and Mandarin. Closer to home, Mermaid’s Institute of Puppetry Arts offers puppetry instruction at both community and professional levels. The Institute’s imaginative curriculum-based touring programs entertain and inform students and teachers throughout the region, as well as encourage educators to incorporate the performing arts in the teaching of science. Our MIPAC Performing Arts Series attracts audiences of all ages. Many attendees travel from nine counties to join local fans in enjoying the Family Fare program, unique to Nova Scotia.
About Shaw Entertainment Group
Simon Shaw founded Shaw Entertainment Group in 2008 to nurture, present and distribute dynamic artistic work. The company’s work is based on the belief that the live performing arts provide a unique vehicle for community and personal growth, that the artistic voice is one that should be honored and cultivated, and that the work of connecting venue and performance with integrity is paramount.
Since its beginnings, Shaw Entertainment Group has grown exponentially, reaching hundreds of thousands of audience members through national tours, international booking and showcase presentations featuring its artists in venues such as Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Austin Theater Alliance, BAM and Cleveland Playhouse Square.
Educator Series Workshop
Art Inspired by Eric Carle
4:00 – 8:00pm
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
Total of .4 CEUs with prior approval
For more information contact Christy Chenausky, email@example.com or 828-262-6084, ext. 109
- Study guide: Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia: The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites (PDF 6.00M)