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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!



Latest News from Mermaid Theatre

Photo by Mike Venn

(left to right) Sylvia Bell, Michael Venn, Hilary Adams, Jonny Thompson.

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.

The touring schedule is online here.

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.

Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 12.17.05 PMSam 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.

Five Million Reasons to Celebrate

Hello Mermaid Fans!

I’ve been doing some number crunching back in the office, and I am pleased to report the following:

On Friday, January 18, 2013, an amazing event took place at Playhouse Square Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio.  When the audience was seated for the 12:00pm show of Guess How Much I Love You & I Love My Little Storybook, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia welcomed their 5 millionth spectator!  That show brought our 40-year total to 5,000,298 spectators.  When you add in the Treasured Stories by Eric Carle tour which also had shows that day (but started later due to the time zone), we ended that day with 5,000,862 spectators.

As of the end of February, 2013, Mermaid has welcomed 5,039,723 spectators at 11,646 performances, for a lifetime average of 433 spectators per performance.

5millionThank you so much to the millions of people who’ve come out to see us!  We couldn’t have done it without you.

Have a great week!

Congrats on 50 shows, and upcoming local shows in #WindsorNS

Good morning!

It’s been a while since we’ve updated the blog, but there’s lots of other work that needs doing around the office.

Kat, Joyce, John Allen, get ready for the road, while Jim wishes he were also heading out on tour.

Kat, Joyce, John Allen, get ready for the road, while Jim wishes he were also heading out on tour.

First, we wanted to congratulate the Guess How Much I Love You touring company.  A couple of weeks ago, new Mermaid performer Kat McCormack and stage manager Joyce Zogos celebrated their 50th show on the road.  Here’s wishing you continued success and safe travels! They have shows coming up in Iowa, Wisconsin, and New York.  Click here to see the touring schedule.

Second, back here in Windsor, we wanted to let you know what’s coming up at our home theatre, Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre.

The Modern Grass with Grassmarket are performing next Saturday, February 16 at 8:00pm.  It’s the next show in our 2012-2013 Entertainment Series.  These talented musicians are generating lots of buzz with their fusion of bluegrass, jazz, and folk.  We can’t wait to see it!

The Caledonian Fiddle Orchestra will bring their Scottish & Celtic music to the MIPAC stage the following weekend, February 23 at 7:30pm.

And then, another Entertainment Series show will arrive on Saturday, March 2.  Manitoban funny-man Al Simmons will bring his family-friendly comedy to our stage at 7pm.  His zany props and antics will delight even the youngest audience member.

Tickets for all of these shows are on sale now at Ticketpro.ca, by phone at 888-311-9090, and in person at Windsor Home Hardware and all other Ticketpro outlets.


Congratulations on 300 shows!

Back here in the office, we’d like to offer our congratulations to Shawn Sorensen, one of Mermaid’s newest intrepid Stage Managers, upon the recent milestone of having performed his 300th show.  He’s worked with us on two different Eric Carle productions: The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites, as well as our newest production, A Brown Bear, a Moon, and a Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle.  The one story that the two productions have in common is The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and all I can say is, I hope the little guy stays hungry.

When reached for comment, Mr. Sorensen said, “300 shows has flown by in the last 13 months.  I have seen England, Wales, Singapore, Canada and the United States with this guy.  I hope to bring more shows to more children and ride on the coat tails of this fantastic puppet and show.  Thank you to Mermaid for all the opportunities I have had.”


Wishing you continued safe travels, and here’s hoping you finally get to catch an NHL game on tour.

Tour dates for Treasured Stories by Eric Carle and our other touring production, Guess How Much I Love You & I Love My Little Storybook are online at this link.

Holiday Updates from the Road

I hope everyone is enjoying the arrival of the holidays.  We’ve been unusually lucky in Nova Scotia so far this winter, with mild temperatures and only a bit of snow.  Of course, we are all secretly hoping for huge piles of snow right around Christmas Day just the same.

Our two companies on the road are doing well.  The Guess How Much I Love You company will be performing this week at the Walton Arts Centre in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and then in Joplin, Missouri, before heading back to their homes for a much deserved holiday break.

As for the other gang, Mermaid is pleased to be presenting Treasured Stories by Eric Carle for an extended holiday run at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.  They have multiple shows from Dec. 27-Jan. 6.  I’ve heard it said that Washington is lovely at the holidays, because the politicians all leave town.

Finally today, I have a couple of pictures to share.  This one is the Treasured Stories company visiting Eric Carle’s museum in Northampton, Massachusetts:


Treasured Stories by Eric Carle – 2012-13 US/Canada Tour

The other picture was taken at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ:

Shawn Sorensen: I was very excited to tour America this year and watch hockey in different cities. The lockout has prevented this from happening. I am pouting. No Martin Brodeur for me.

“I was very excited to tour America this year and watch hockey in different cities. The lockout has prevented this from happening. I am pouting. No Martin Brodeur for me.” — Shawn Sorensen, Stage Manager

Have a great holiday, everyone!


Back on the Road – Updates from FL and NYC

Good afternoon!

It’s been a while since anyone has updated our blog, even though we have two companies out on the road now…one company has been narrowly avoiding extreme weather in New York and New Hampshire (where several shows had to be canceled due to Superstorm Sandy–so sorry to our fans!), and the other company is down in Florida.

Here’s an update from Florida, courtesy of John Allen, who is touring with Guess How Much I Love You:

One of the nicest things about touring is meeting great people. These are the techs from the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale. They were incredibly helpful and professional on top of being super guys. Left to right, Kathryn McCormack, Griff, Joyce Zogos, JohnAllen MacLean, Sam, (Siesta Sammy as Kathryn nicknamed him.) Missing from photo is Chris, who is taking the picture.

at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

And here’s a quick picture of Shawn and Jonny in Times Square, who are bringing Treasured Stories to Symphony Space in New York City tomorrow, and are making the most of their time in the Big Apple–planning to take in a show or two in addition to performing them:

Shawn and Jonny attempt to cut in the TKTS line by saying “Do you know who we are?! We’re playing on Broadway tomorrow!”

Have a good weekend.

On the Road, Again

Yesterday marked the final show for the Guess How Much I Love You & I Love My Little Storybook company before they head out on the road on Friday.  It was great to have almost 400 kids and parents in the theatre on Monday and Tuesday mornings for our school-group matinee performances.  We also had about 300 in the theatre last Saturday for a public show.  We’re so glad to be able to share our work with so many people in our little home town of Windsor, Nova Scotia before we take it out on tour.  

In addition, the Treasured Stories by Eric Carle show headed out last week, and they’ve already performed in Maine and Vermont, and are headed to New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut before the end of October.

And now, here are a few fun facts about the upcoming tours:

Treasured Stories by Eric Carle:
Total performances: 157
Number of US states where we’ll perform: 18
Number of Canadian provinces: 5
Farthest point west: Vancouver, British Columbia
Farthest point south: Scottsdale, Arizona
Farthest point north: Calgary, AB
Longest single trip: 5997km (Costa Mesa, CA to Windsor, NS)

Guess How Much I Love You:
Total performances: 93
Number of US states where we’ll perform: 14
Number of Canadian provinces: 1
Farthest point west: Austin, Texas
Farthest point south: Miami Beach, Florida
Longest single trip: 1929km (Miami, FL to Galveston, TX)

Good luck to both companies–one of which is already on the road, and one which leaves very soon!  The show schedules are available on our website.

Kat, Joyce, and John Allen, and Jim pause for a picture before the tour begins.

Mermaid Theatre of #NovaScotia 2012-2013 US/Canada Tour Dates Now Online

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

This fall, Mermaid will be touring two of our flagship productions. Guess How Much I Love You & I Love My Little Storybook will start its tour with a performance in our home theatre in Windsor, NS, before heading off to Florida, Texas, and many points in between.  The list of public shows is in the drop-down menu above (SHOW SCHEDULES) and linked to here.

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

The other production is our newest show, A Brown Bear, a Moon, and a Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle.  That show has its first date in Portland, Maine before heading off on 150+ more shows around the US and Canada.  It’s also in the drop-down above and linked here.

Finally, I just wanted to mention to all those educators out there that most of our shows are not public at all–they are instead school-only matinees which take place on weekdays for school and child-care groups that would like to take a trip to their local theatres.  If you’d like to see if we’re coming to your area with a school matinee show, those lists are on our website.

Have a great weekend.