Things have been busy here in the office. Our production of Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny heads out on the road this week, beginning their 9-month tour with a sit-down run at the Chicago Children’s Theatre. After that, they’re off on an epic road trip that will take them to over 60 venues and nearly 200 shows. When they get back to Windsor next May, they’ll have traveled over 30,000 kilometres and visited around two dozen US States and Canadian provinces.
We’re also planning a return to Ireland next month. Mermaid’s poignant adaptation of Guess How Much I Love You & I Love My Little Storybook is returning to the Republic of Ireland as a featured performance at Galway’s prestigious Baboró International Arts Festival for Children in October 2015. The itinerary includes outreach performances at the Hawk’s Well Theatre in Sligo and the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire. First launched in 2004, the double bill has been termed “a magical, meditative experience” by a noted Nova Scotia reviewer.
Sam McBratney’s touching bedtime account of Little Nutbrown Hare, Guess How Much I Love You, has appeared in 53 languages, with more than 28 million copies in print worldwide since its publication in 1995. A second adored story, I Love My Little Storybook by writer/ illustrator Anita Jeram, features a whimsical menagerie of animals and imaginary creatures whose gentle adventures celebrate the joy of reading. Mermaid’s creative team has ably captured the enchantment of the storybook characters and their fanciful settings. Jim Morrow served as both director and production designer while Steven Naylor’s lively music score reflects the Celtic traditions shared by Nova Scotia, Ireland and Northern Ireland. The recorded narration showcases the storytelling skills of Beau Bridges.
Touring artists include puppeteers John Allen MacLean and Jeff O’Hara, and Kathryn McCormack in the capacity of stage manager. Morrow and General Manager Lisa Gleave will travel with the company, and oversee workshops and industry seminars. The tour was supported with assistance from The Canada Council for the Arts.