If you only know Mermaid Theatre from our online presence, you’d think there’s not much going on here lately.
The Twitter feed has gone silent. There are no Facebook updates. The blog sits quietly waiting for news from the front lines.
In fact, though, things have been so incredibly busy that no one’s had time to update any of these things. In addition to our UK tour of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar…” which is in its 7th week, and two more Mermaid shows have been rehearsing here in Windsor.
One show, “Goodnight Moon and the Runaway Bunny” has been rehearsing at King’s Edgehill School’s theatre, and that company packed up the van and left yesterday afternoon, bound for the first show of their tour, in Saint John, New Brunswick, before heading off to do nearly 50 more shows over the next 2 1/2 months.
The other show is brand new. “Treasured Stories by Eric Carle” has been in the final stages of production and rehearsals for several weeks, which culminated in a final dress rehearsal here on our own MIPAC stage yesterday. They’re packing the show today and will premiere it at the Skirball Center in New York City next week. After that, they’ll be on the road for 9 months, doing more than 175 shows from New Hampshire to Florida to Wisconsin.
Sorting out the hundreds of final details has been the work of everyone here at Mermaid, and the office/workshops have been buzzing with the sound of saws, music, sewing machines, keyboards, and printers. Touring company members have been floating around, alternating between hours of rehearsals and short breaks. They have an extra step to prepare for–being on the road away from home for months.
But right now, here in the office, everything is quiet once more. The real action of Mermaid Theatre is now out on the road. Here’s wishing continued good luck and safe travels for the UK company, and likewise to the companies who are beginning their tours. It’s a good time to be a Mermaid.