Mermaid’s poignant adaptation of Guess How Much I Love You & I Love My Little Storybook is slated for further international adventures. The company will return to the People’s Republic of China on November 4, 2016 to introduce its acclaimed production to audiences in Ningbo, Nanjing and Suzhou prior to a six-performance engagement at the Shanghai Children’s Art Theatre from November 11-13, 2016. The Shanghai Cultural Exchange Agency has facilitated arrangements for the engagement.
First launched in 2004, the double bill has been termed “a magical, meditative experience.” 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 beloved story, I Love My Little Storybook by writer/illustrator Anita Jeram, features a whimsical menagerie of animals and imaginary creatures and celebrates the joy of reading. Jim Morrow served as both director and production designer while Steven Naylor’s lively music score reflects the Celtic traditions shared by Nova Scotia and the stories’ creators. The Mandarin–language version features recorded narration by Dashan (Mark Rowswell), the Canadian-born stage and television performer acknowledged as the most famous foreign artist in China.
Touring artists include puppeteers Jeffrey O’Hara, Katie Dorian and stage manager Jessica Lewis. Jim Morrow will travel with the company, and oversee puppetry workshops offered in conjunction with Mermaid’s appearances. The tour is supported with assistance from Arts Nova Scotia, The Nova Scotia Creative Industries Fund and Support4Culture. A further six-week engagement is anticipated for the summer of 2017.
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. Simultaneous tours enable the company to perform on several continents on the same day, so that Mermaid Theatre’s circuit continues to make theatre history at home and abroad.
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