Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s signature production, THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR & OTHER ERIC CARLE FAVOURITES, will embark on another international adventure with the company’s first visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain. Ranked among North America’s most successful touring theatres for family audiences, the Canadian company will offer eight performances as well as a demonstration workshop at the invitation of the Spring of Culture 2014 Festival. The activities will take place at the Alumni Club from March 27-30 in Manama, Bahrain’s capital city.
Designed especially for children aged three to seven and their families, the hour-long triple-bill production includes the story of THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR, LITTLE CLOUD and THE MIXED-UP CHAMELEON. Directed and designed by Jim Morrow, who ranks among Canada’s most esteemed puppetry creators, the show incorporates evocative original music by Nova Scotian composer Steven Naylor, and innovative “black light” staging techniques. The production has been awarded a Citation of Excellence by UNIMA-USA, one of North America’s most prestigious awards in the field of puppetry.
On the road continuously since 1999, Mermaid’s compilations of Eric Carle stories have generated remarkable statistics and earned considerable praise from audiences on several continents. To date more than 3000 performances in six different languages have been seen by nearly two million spectators in fourteen countries. The English-language version features narration by Gordon Pinsent, one of Canada’s most respected performers. Company members traveling to Bahrain include Morrow as well as performers Jonny Thompson and Mara Zigler, stage manager Yvonne Yip, and general manager Lisa Gleave.
Founded in 1972 and based in rural Nova Scotia, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia is currently Canada’s most widely travelled performing arts company for young spectators. Three simultaneous tours in mid-March will enable the company to perform in the states of Virginia and New Jersey as well as Manama on the same day – Mermaid Theatre’s unparalleled circuit continues to make theatre history at home and abroad.