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And the Reviews are In!

It’s a beautiful spring morning here in Windsor.

I was just poking around on Mermaid’s Facebook page, and I realized that there are a great many reviews of our performances from all of our different productions and from venues all over the US, Canada, and elsewhere.

These positive reviews made my day, and the represent the work of not only our creative team in Windsor, but the dozens of performers and stage managers who have toured our shows in the last few years, as well as the crews that work with us in each venue to bring our puppets to life in another theatre full of happy children.

I’m pasting them all below — I’ve stripped out the FB links, but they are otherwise unedited.   You can check out the reviews for yourself if you’re ever so inclined.


 

Crystal Patterson — 5 star
January 7 ·
Just attended Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny in Des Moines, with our 4 year old son. Was honestly one of the best children’s productions I have been to. Whimsical, amazing life-like puppetry, and the set was so cool! A spectacular job all around!!

Linda McKenna — 5 star
November 29, 2015 ·
Thank you for the great show in Kingston, Ontario today. Our grandson got home and has spent hour putting on show with his puppet theatre. What a wonderful way to inspire imagination! Thank you for your production of Runaway Bunny and Good Night Moon

Laura N Chris Surber — 5 star
April 8 at 8:26pm ·
My son’s class came to watch your performance of The Very Hungry Caterpillar today at ASU, in Boone N.C. He was so excited to come home, and tell us of his wonderful experience. Thank you for fueling his love for the arts, in such a creative way.

Mike Coxlarge — 5 star
January 29 ·
We took our 3 year old granddaughter to the Goodnight Moon/Runaway Bunny show in Toledo. Was sure she would enjoy it, but didn’t expect much from an adult standpoint. Was I wrong! The show was incredible, from the staging, to the sets, to the absolute perfection of the performers. If you have the chance, you really need to see this show!

Sue Slade — 5 star
September 20, 2015 ·
Today was my son & I’s 6th visit to the Mermaid Theatre. Our first was in July 2013 for a preschool puppet- parent & tot workshop- where my son got to explore the world of puppetry – he even got to make his own Very Hungry Caterpillar (which got a lot of use, when reading that particular bedtime story). We followed that up with watching The Very Hungry Caterpillar that September in the theatre, then we were addicted. We even caught the World Premier of Stella & The Snow Queen here in Dartmouth. Which was also nicely done. Today’s Performance of Goodnight Moon & the Runaway Bunny lived up to our high expectations of the productions The Mermaid Theatre puts on- Well worth the 50 minute drive from our house in Cole Harbour. Keep up the good work. My son is now 7 years old- but I wouldn’t mind signing him & I up for another “Day/Halfday” Parent & Child workshop if one were available. With the distance we drive we’d have to go together- we so enjoyed our first one.

Marykate Hanko — 5 star
February 15 ·
Thank you for a wonderful show in New Brunswick NJ! It was engaging, surprising and downright magical. I can’t wait to see another one of your performances

Jennifer Hancock — 5 star
January 18 ·
We saw Goodnight Moon and the Runaway Bunny in Cleveland last week!! Amazing show!! My son loves getting to ask a question at the end. He decides the little bunny’s name should be Tom!!

Megan MacDonald — 5 star
October 2, 2015 ·
Many, many moons ago I attend a puppet making workshop here ( I was 7 or 8) it was one of the best experiences of my childhood! Anytime I’m in Windsor, I make sure to walk by Mermaid and peek in the windows and look at all the amazing creatures

April Gomez Bloxsom — 5 star
February 20 ·
Just saw Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny at the Steifel in Salina, KS! It was a fabulous show! My 4 year old was mesmerized and loved every minute of it! Bravo!

Lesley Andrews Thompson — 5 star
February 20 ·
Just attended The Very Hungry Caterpillar at The State Theatre in Ithaca, NY. LOVED IT!! The imagination and master puppetry was beyond anything I could have imagined. Thank you for a great day!

Eric Sorensen — 5 star
January 30 ·
Just saw Goodnight Moon and the Runaway Bunny in Green Bay! Simply the best show! My three year old loves it and was into it the whole time ! Thanks!

Allison Fitzpatrick — 5 star
March 15 at 4:56pm ·
We saw their rendition of Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny in Albuquerque and it was amazing! My 4 year old and I loved it!

Melissa Sprinkle — 5 star
April 12 at 9:38pm ·
We saw Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny today. It was an amazing show. Loved every second of it! Well done!

Elisabeth Harding — 5 star
February 13 ·
Saw The Hungry Caterpillar today, PHENOMENAL! My 2 year old was so in to it too! Will definitely recommend!

Michele Moore — 5 star
January 14 ·
My son had his field trip the other day and saw your performance. You guys did a great job.

Sarah Corney — 5 star
January 23 ·
Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny were excellent. I took my 4, 4, and 2 year olds for an afternoon out in Toledo, Ohio.

Patty Horton Moses — 5 star
February 3 ·
I just saw the runway bunny and goodnight moon with my preschoolers loved it!

Darlene Cowley — 5 star
March 1 ·
The first grade classes of Sallie Curtis Elementary from Beaumont, Texas LOVED your show today!

Jonathan Edwards — 5 star
February 13 ·
I was extremely impressed with the Eric Carle show. My 6 & 4 year olds absolutely loved it. Well done and thank you!

Kim Wipperfurth — 5 star
November 17, 2014 ·
I saw Stella Queen of the Snow with my Extended Day kids (Kindergartners), today in Madison, Wisconsin. Simply amazing! The children were interested and engaged, and it held my attention as well! The puppets are fantastic and flow just as well as live actors. It was very well done! We all loved it. We were lucky enough to see the Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar about a year ago with the same age group.
Love, love, love this group of talented people!!

Debbie Hoggard — 5 star
March 7 ·
My boys and I JUST saw Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. It was fantastic!!!

Jen Boro Peters — 5 star
September 20, 2014 ·
Took my 4 yr old and 6 yr olds to see “The very hungry caterpillar” tonight and it was amazing! I loved it just as much as they did. So happy that I decided to take them last minute!!

Maricela Verduzco — 5 star
February 14 ·
Runaway Bunny was so endearing and beautifully done.

Jen Chung — 5 star
March 16, 2014 ·
We saw the Leo Lionni show in Tribeca yesterday and the Eric Carle show last year at Symphony Space, and Mermaid Theatre is an absolute treasure! From the beautiful recreations of the books to the amazing puppets, I feel so grateful that such talented people are encouraging children and adults alike appreciate theater and storytelling.

Crystal Clark — 5 star
November 29, 2013 ·
Took my 4 year old to see The Very Hungry Caterpillar at The Smith Center in Geneva, NY. It was phenomenal! My daughter and I were mesmerized and truly enjoyed watching some of our favorite books brought to life! Incredibly talented cast and great production! I definitely recommend taking your children to see this play!

Elizabeth Martinez Anthony — 5 star
March 8, 2015 ·
I took my daughter to see The Very Hungry Caterpillar at CCC in New Jersey. It was phenomenal!! We loved it and are still talking about it. Loved how they had a question and answer at the end.

Cathy Callaway Howie — 5 star
October 30, 2014 ·
Took my first graders to The Very Hungry Caterpillar show in Chico, Ca today…fabulous show! The children couldn’t stop talking about it…and I’m still talking about it!!! Please come back to Chico. Awesome!

Tina Winters — 5 star
March 28, 2015 ·
Saw the group perform three Eric Carle stories at Black Rock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD. One of the best children’s performances we’ve ever seen!

Toh Chen Yeong — 5 star
October 3, 2014 ·
Utterly enjoyed The Very Hungry Caterpillar, down to every minute detail! It was as therapeutic for the adults as it was cathartic for the kiddos!

Jennifer Peterson — 5 star
January 22, 2015 ·
We just saw The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other stories today at The Grand Opera House…what a wonderful show!! I highly recommend it to anyone!

Elizabeth Duncan — 5 star
November 9, 2013 ·
Just Took Mirabel to see The Very Hungry Caterpillar performed by this group at The Performing Arts Center in Tampa. It was wonderful. Highly recommend for the kids.

Daniel Villegas — 5 star
October 27, 2014 ·
I had the privilege to work with you guys at Mondavi in Davis, California as well as enjoying the show. Thanks

Bhavna Talwar Bhatia — 5 star
September 28, 2014 ·
I just attended the very hungry caterpillar in Singapore. We thoroughly enjoyed it with our 3 year old.

Robin Eddy Ludwig — 5 star
February 28, 2014 ·
Took my nephew and son to see The Very Hungry Caterpillar today at The Peace Center in Greenville, SC. They loved it and so did I. Such a great job!

Anitra Buckel — 5 star
October 27, 2014 ·
Just took my 5yr old son to see The Very Hungry Caterpillar at UC Davis in CA – it was amazing! Fantastic!!

Natasha ‘Ramsay’ Kawasaki — 5 star
March 4, 2015 ·
We went to see the puppet show of Eric Carle’s work. Excellent! My kids and I were mesmerized. Just magical!!

Samantha S. Haemker — 5 star
February 4, 2015 ·
I went with my 6 year old to see The Very Hungry Caterpillar! It was an awesome show!

Susie Roell Zgodzinski — 5 star
January 24, 2014 ·
Loved the Eric Carle show yesterday at The Valentine Theater in Toledo, Ohio! Great job! The kids had a great time.

Mary-Ellen Musacchia — 5 star
January 23, 2014 ·
Took our entire kindergarten to see Swimmy, Inch by Inch, and Frederick today. Simply wonderful!


Thanks to everyone who has made this happen.  Have a great week!

 

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Stories from the Road — Part 2.

Here are some more great stories from the road.  These come from Yvonne, who is also touring The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favourites, along with performers Jonny and Mara.  Enjoy. 

  • So that’s what a roomful of screaming children sound like!  The kids were really involved and having a good time.  Show felt really good.  They applauded for every single cloud transformation!! A lot of the children traveled for an hour or more to get to the show.
  • When the polar bear came out, one of the kids shouted very loudly: “It’s a puppy!!”
  • “This is the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar…”  One very loud kid in the audience: “YES!!!!”
  • There were 3 little boys who were really into the technical side of things.  His question during Q & A was how many black lights we used.  Apparently he and his friends had made a video of them performing a version of Very Hungry Caterpillar under black lights.  We got really excited and told them to consider sending the video to Jim.  Unfortunately, their family left pretty quickly and never came out to the lobby and we never got a chance to chat with them more.
  • Very friendly crew, one of them even walked with us to the beach and showed us around town a little after the show.
  • French Show!!!  The audience was very quiet, lots of people shushing each other.  By [the appearance of the “Clown” during Little Cloud] the crowd was starting to get into things and they went nuts when the yellow chameleon bounced on to the playboards.  It seemed like the audience is not as familiar with Caterpillar as our English audiences.  The announcement of the story didn’t get the cheers that it usually did, and you can hear people being surprised when “he was still hungry.”
  • We met a little boy in the lobby this afternoon when we were waiting for the lunch meet and greet.  He loved the show, his favourite was Chameleon, but he started crying in the middle of it because he didn’t want the fly to get eaten.
  • When we came back on to the stage after two shows to lay out the puppets, the lady cleaning the house was singing the tune for the sun in Caterpillar.
  • People assume that there is someone above the playing area making everything happen, they are always surprised when we explain that the puppeteers are actually right behind the puppets.
  • Little boy in the audience: “C’est magique, non?”
  • What a beautiful venue!  Large facility with an area for each production department and a very supportive staff…We even have a wardrobe person who does our laundry and a stage technician who is very eager to pre-set and strike for us!! It’s a luxury to be here.
  • First show was cancelled because it was just too cold outside!
  • “Do you know how many butterflies you have saved?”  I was talking with one of the ushers and she feels that young children will be more aware of harming small caterpillars now that they know they will turn into a butterfly.
  • As the egg lay on the leaf with the moon overhead, a little girl kept repeating “Pop! Pop!” until the egg popped open.
  • When the chameleon ate the fly for the very first time, a little boy exclaimed loudly: “Ew! That’s disgusting!”
  • It is sad to say goodbye. Ann, Andi, Pam, Jenn, Rick and Steve have been amazing along with everyone else at CTC. One thing we will not miss, however, is the polar vortex.

@SpringofCulture and South Korea tour for #VeryHungryCaterpillar, and other news from Mermaid!

It has been a wild ride here at Mermaid Theatre’s headquarters in Windsor, NS for the past few months. We’ve put three shows out on the road, most recently sending off Mermaid veterans Christine Oakey, Kaitlin Morrow and Seann Murray with our Leo Lionni’s Swimmy, Frederick & Inch by Inch. They’re currently doing shows in the Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas, and we totally envy them at this time of year.

Seann, Christine, and Kaitlin with some of their friends from "Swimmy, Frederick and Inch by Inch"

Seann, Christine, and Kaitlin with some of their friends from “Swimmy, Frederick and Inch by Inch”

Swimmy heads back North in March, with dates in New England and the Midwest. Our full schedules for all tours are here.

Back at home, we launched our 6th performing arts season at MIPAC, and had a great second workshop for our new production Stella, Queen of the Snow, based on the book by Marie-Louise Gay.  Also, our revitalized Youtheatre group has begun work on their new project on the topic of violence against women and girls.

Things don’t appear to be slowing down, and to top it off we’ve been dealing with our #WintryWednesdays, which means we’ve had major winter storms and office disruptions for at least the past three Wednesdays.  The good news is we’ve got two exciting international engagements happening in the next couple of months.  The first will see The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites head to the Kingdom of Bahrain for a week-long engagement at the Spring of Culture Festival. This touring company (one of two that are currently touring Caterpillar around the U.S. and Canada) consisting of Yvonne Yip (SM), Jonny Thompson, and Mara Zigler, will be joined in Bahrain by Mermaid’s Artistic Director Jim Morrow and General Manager Lisa Gleave.  Following that festival, the company (after a brief Roman holiday) will have a week off and then fly to Seoul, South Korea for a four-week run in and around the city.  We’ll get the details posted on our website soon.

April and May also see another installment of our ANIMOTION training workshop happening here at HQ. We’re pleased to report that it is almost full and we’ll be turning out another group of professionals, pre-professionals and educators freshly schooled in the art of puppetry—Mermaid style.

Directly following that, rehearsal for Stella will begin, as we will be showcasing the world premiere as a co-present with the Stages Festival and Magnetic North Theatre Festival in Halifax in late June.

Artistic Director Jim Morrow carves a puppet for "Stella Queen of the Snow"

Artistic Director Jim Morrow carves a puppet for “Stella Queen of the Snow”

Finally, we at the office would like to offer a “warm” shout-out to the other touring Caterpillar company (Shawn Sorensen, Kat McCormack and Simon Rainville), who have endured freezing Midwest winter weather and touring van malfunctions in good spirits and with minimal complaining.  We hope that 5-week sit-down run with the Chicago Children’s Theatre in the spring makes up for it!

Two Mermaid Theatre "Caterpillar" companies meet on tour in Toronto.

Two Mermaid Theatre “Caterpillar” companies cross paths while on simultaneous tours in the US and Canada. Toronto, 2013.

HAPPY TOURING! updates from FLA, NY, and home (#WindsorNS)

Good morning!

We back here in the office would like to extend a warm wish for a great tour and safe travels to the second company of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites which just headed out on the road this week.  Yvonne, Jonny and Mara have already performed their first show yesterday in Geneva, New York, and will be starting their second performance for a school group in just about twenty minutes’ time.  They also have the good fortune to be performing their next shows tomorrow at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City!  Not a bad way to start a tour! From there they have a few dates in the Northeast before extended runs in Montreal and Minneapolis.

Mermaid Theatre's "Very Hungry Caterpillar" 2013-2014 tour: Yvonne Yip, Jonny Thompson, Mara Zigler

Mermaid Theatre’s “Very Hungry Caterpillar” 2013-2014 tour: Yvonne Yip, Jonny Thompson, Mara Zigler

The first Caterpillar company headed out in the beginning of October.  Shawn, Kat and Simon (please send me a picture from the road and I’ll post it!) have already performed 30 of 230+ shows on their 9-month tour, and are doing dates in Florida for a couple of weeks before heading back to Ontario.  Our full schedule (which includes both tours) is here on our website.

Back here in Nova Scotia, it’s Nova Scotia Music Week! Our General Manager is representing MIPAC at the festivities in Sydney, NS this weekend.  MIPAC received our first-ever Music Nova Scotia nomination for Community Presenter of the Year!  We’re so excited to be included along with other great venues throughout the province.  The full list of nominees is here.

Finally, next weekend, we’re presenting Honkytonk Blues: Featuring RYAN COOK, JOHN CAMPBELLJOHN AND STAN CAREW. The show is Saturday, November 16 at 7pm.  Tickets are available in all the usual ways — full details are on the ValleyEvents website, which is truly the best place to go for events in the area.

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Have a great weekend!

MIPAC 2013-2014 Entertainment Series Announced — Tix on sale now!

Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre (MIPAC) is pleased to announce its 2013-2014 Entertainment Series. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s acclaimed flagship production, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites, will launch the sixth season. On tour around the world for the past fifteen years, local performances of this family treat always sell out quickly. MIPAC is delighted to host The Irish Rovers Farewell to Nova Scotia tour with a not-to-be-missed matinee performance marking the Rovers’ final visit to the region before they retire. In addition to its Family Fare Series, MIPAC will introduce the Nova Scotia Fare Series. With a focus on local talent, these concerts will showcase diverse Nova Scotian artists including country troubadour Ryan Cook, perennial favourite Stan Carew, blues artist John Campbelljohn, the vibrant drum group SQUID, Celtic-influenced Cassie and Maggie MacDonald, and a dynamic Songwriters’ Circle with rising stars Ria Mae, Carmel Mikol and Kim Wempe.

The coming season will also feature MIPAC’s first international artist. Based in North Carolina, Donna Washington, a mesmerizing African-American storyteller, spent her childhood trav­elling the world with her military family. Her exposure to diverse cultures and the rich­ness of the oral tradition honed her love of stories. By popular request, the Truro-based Maritime Marionettes will return to the Family Fare Series, and audiences of all ages will be treated to a performance by the celebrated Québec company Bouge de là, The award-winning dance and visual arts innovators will present The Studio, the only Nova Scotia stop on their first Maritime tour.

New for this season, MIPAC will offer special ticket package prices. Patrons can save $5 per person when purchasing tickets to all five Family Fare Series shows; and $9 per person with the purchase of tickets to all three Nova Scotia Fare shows.

Tickets for all shows are on sale now.  They can be purchased online at Ticketpro.ca, by phone at 1-888-311-9090, or in person at Windsor Home Hardware and all other Ticketpro outlets.  For more information about the season, visit mermaidtheatre.ca/MIPAC.

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Upcoming Mermaid shows, May-June 2013

Hi everyone,

Mermaid’s intrepid Treasured Stories by Eric Carle company has been on the road for almost nine months.  That’s quite a long road trip.  I’m hoping that they wrote down their odometer reading when they started.  Leave your guesses as to their final distance traveled in the comment section.  My guess is 35,000km, and that’s probably a low estimate.

They will be home returning home to Nova Scotia soon, and here’s what’s coming up for them before the end of the tour.  Click the venue’s name to go to their ticketing page.

Sat May 18 Banff Center for the Arts, Banff, AB 4:00pm
Wed May 22 Calgary Children’s Festival, Calgary, AB 10:30am, 1:00pm
Thu May 23 Calgary Children’s Festival, Calgary, AB 10:30am, 1:00pm
Fri May 24 Calgary Children’s Festival, Calgary, AB 10:30am, 1:00pm
Sat May 25 Calgary Children’s Festival, Calgary, AB 10:30am, 1:00pm
Sun June 2 Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre (MIPAC), Windsor, NS 3:00pm
Fri June 7 Stages Theatre Festival, Neptune Theatre, Halifax, NS 7:00pm
Sat

June 8

Stages Theatre Festival, Neptune Theatre, Halifax, NS 2:00pm, 7:00pm

In addition to the public show at our home base theatre, MIPAC, we’ll also be performing school matinee performances on June 4, 5, and 6 at 10:00am.  The Tuesday and Wednesday are full, but if your local (Windsor, NS) school or child-care group wants to come to a weekday morning matinee on Thursday, June 6, we still have some room in that show.  Call the office (798-5841) to book your group in now.

stages-logoWe’re also pleased to be performing in Halifax on June 7 and 8 at the Stages Theatre Festival, presented by Eastern Front Theatre.  Public shows are at 7pm on Friday, and 2pm and 7pm on Saturday.  A nice way to end a tour.

Have a good long weekend!

 

Mermaid Theatre News Update

We’ve got a lot of updates about Mermaid’s many activities, both for people in and around the Annapolis Valley here in beautiful Nova Scotia, as well as for our many fans around the world.

MERMAID THEATRE OF NOVA SCOTIA NEWS

Touring the US and Canada starting in October.  Click the image for tour dates.

Our newest flagship production, Treasured Stories by Eric Carle, will be wrapping up its second North American tour this June, with dates at MIPAC, our home theatre in Windsor, as well as in Halifax, as part of the Stages Theatre Festival.  The public show in Windsor is on Sunday, June 2 at 3pm and closes the season on our MIPAC 2012-2013 Entertainment Series.  The shows in Halifax will take place on Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8.  Details about the Halifax shows will be posted on their website soon.

Stella, Queen of the SnowMermaid is also hard at work on our next flagship production, Stella, Queen of the Snow, a beloved children’s book by Canadian author Marie-Louise Gay.  Artistic Director Jim Morrow as well as our talented production team are creating a wonderful snowy world to tell this lovely story in Mermaid’s unique way.  The show will premiere in 2014–keep watching our website for details.

 
 

MERMAID IMPERIAL PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE (MIPAC) NEWS

When it Rains - 2b theatre - MIPAC, Sat, May 11 at 7pm.
2b theatre company, an innovative Halifax-based group, are bringing their acclaimed show When it Rains to the MIPAC stage next weekend, Saturday, May 11 at 7pm.  This darkly funny drama looks like no live theatre you’ve ever seen, with performers and a video projector working together to tell a story in the style of a graphic novel.  You can get tickets online here or at the door. Please come out and support this great show.

 
 

rumpel3The Maritime Marionettes, a theatre company based in Truro, will be bringing their re-telling of the fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin to our MIPAC Family Fare series this weekend in Windsor.  The show is Saturday, May 4 at 11am, and you can get tickets online here, or at the door.

 
 

As mentioned above, we’ll be welcoming home our own Treasured Stories by Eric Carle for a public show on Sunday, June 2 at 3pm, as well as several school-only matinee performances.  We’ve filled school matinee shows on June 4 and 5, and we might add a show on June 6 if there’s enough interest. Contact us if you want to bring a group to Windsor for a 10am show on Thursday, June 6.

MERMAID INSTITUTE OT PUPPETRY ARTS NEWS

  • ANIMOTION, our annual professional puppetry training program for adults begins May 13 and runs for 3 weeks.  The program still has a couple of spaces left–if you want to know more, check out this link.
  • We will be offering Summer Camps here in Windsor for kids from ages 3-18.  Programs run at different times starting in July.  More details are here.

Thanks for reading, have a great weekend!