Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s signature production will embark on another international adventure, marking Mermaid’s debut appearance in The People’s Republic of China. The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favourites will be a featured program of Canada Week at the China Shanghai International Arts Festival. Three Mandarin-language performances and one English show will be presented in the Children’s Art Theatre at the China Welfare Institute on October 25-26, as well as one performance at the Wuxi Concert Hall on October 28 , 2014.
On the road continuously since 1999, Mermaid’s compilations of Eric Carle stories have generated remarkable statistics, including nearly 3500 performances in six different languages for more than two million spectators in fifteen countries.
Directed and designed by Jim Morrow, who ranks among Canada’s most esteemed puppetry creators, the show incorporates innovative “black light” staging techniques and Steven Naylor’s evocative original music. 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.
Company members include performers Jonny Thompson and John Allen MacLean, and stage manager Shawn Sorensen. Artistic Director Jim Morrow and General Manager Lisa Gleave will also travel with the company. The Mandarin–language version features recorded narration by Dashan (Mark Rowswell), the legendary Canadian-born stage and television performer acknowledged as the most famous foreign artist in China. The tour has been facilitated with support from The Canada Council for the Arts and Arts Nova Scotia.
Founded in 1972 and based in rural Nova Scotia, Mermaid Theatre is currently Canada’s most widely travelled performing arts company for young spectators. Simultaneous tours in October will feature performances in California and New Jersey as well as Shanghai on the same day, ensuring that Mermaid Theatre’s unrivalled touring circuit continues to make theatre history at home and abroad.