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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!



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

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.


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.



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.


  • 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!

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!

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.

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.

The road is calling us, but first some work in Windsor

Things are busy here at Mermaid once more.  We have two companies rehearsing before heading out on the road for a combined 250 shows starting in just a few weeks.  The Treasured Stories by Eric Carle gang will perform here at the end of their tour next June, but we’re pleased to present  Guess How Much I Love You and I Love My Little Storybook as the season opener of the 2012/2013 Entertainment Series at our home theatre in Windsor.

Mermaid’s hour-long presentation is drawn from Sam McBratney’s touching bedtime story, Guess How Much I Love You. First published in 1995 and charmingly illustrated by Anita Jeram, the book is available in fifty languages, with more than 26.5 million copies in print worldwide.  A second adored story, I Love My Little Storybook by writer/illustrator Anita Jeram, features a whimsical menagerie of animals and imaginary creatures who celebrate the joy of reading.

The performance will take place Saturday, October 20 at 3:00pm.  This family show is suitable for children ages 3 and up.  Tickets are $14 ($12 students, seniors and children).

L’Aubergine’s “Burletta” – Nov. 3

After that, the next show on stage at MIPAC is Burletta from Quebec’s renowned L’Aubergine Theatre.  Created by artists from Quebec and Brazil, Burletta is the story of a restless urban clown’s family. In this big family, everyone is in competition to wow the audience with more and more outrageous tricks and stunts. How do they compete? With juggling, balancing acts, diabolo, gymnastics, acrobatics, dance, Chinese plates and music, of course!

Burletta will land on the MIPAC stage on Saturday, November 3 at 3:00pm.  This show is suitable for children of all ages and their families.  Tickets are also $14 and $12.

Tickets for all shows are available at Ticketpro.ca, by phone at 1-888-311-9090, and in person at Windsor Home Hardware and all other Ticketpro outlets.

Have a great day!

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.

Happy Birthday Mermaid!

Thank you to everyone who came out to our 40th Birthday Party last Saturday.  We were so pleased to see so many people out despite the rain.  We’re also sorry if you didn’t get a hot dog…we had 300 of them, so we thought we had it covered.  But there was plenty of popcorn to go around, and we had a nearly-full house for the final Treasured Stories by Eric Carle performance of our 2011-2012 tour.

And we certainly had plenty of cake!


We also received some lovely cards, gifts and donations from our board of directors, local businesses, former Mer-people and volunteers.  We couldn’t have done it without your help.

Thanks also to our many visitors, including Kings-Hants MP Scott Brison and Windsor Mayor Paul Beazley who were on hand to help us celebrate.

Another round of thanks goes to our West Coast crew, who couldn’t be at the celebration because they were still giving their last few performances of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites in Seattle.  They should be back on the road today or tomorrow to return to Windsor, but that didn’t stop them from sending along birthday greetings via YouTube

Finally, if you follow us on Facebook, you’ll see we posted a Mermaid 40th Birthday greeting from Eric Carle himself.

Have a great weekend, and safe travels to Shawn, John Allen and Emma, who have a long drive ahead of them.

Mayor Beazley speaks on the office stairs during our 40th Birthday Party, June 9, 2012.

Friday Odds and Ends, Plus Reviews from #Seattle @SCTdotORG

This is Jason from Mermaid’s recently-tidied offices in Windsor…we’ve got quite a party to get ready for!  I just have a few tidbits to post for the weekend.

In the theatre this weekend, Windsor’s own Emily Gore Dance School presents their “Alice in Wonderland” this Saturday, June 2 at 2pm and 6pm.  Featuring dances from ballet to hip-hop, these local students are back at MIPAC for the 2nd time.   More information about that show is here.

Here are several reviews that we’ve received from our run at the Seattle Children’s Theatre for our show The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites.  I apologize for getting them posted a little bit late, but we’re still in town through June 14.

Here’s one from Seattleschild.com.

Here’s one from Parentmap.com.

Local blogs Macaronikid and GrowingaBabyReviews have show reviews at the links embedded in this sentence.

The website info for the remaining Seattle dates, including ticket links, is here.

Finally, Mermaid’s 40th Birthday is coming up next week!  Everyone is invited to the party if they’re around.  Saturday, June 9 from 12-2pm at our facility in Windsor, NS.  Come for the hot dogs, stay for the puppets.

The party will wind up with the FINAL show of our premiere tour of Treasured Stories by Eric Carle.  The company is en route back to Nova Scotia now with their merry van of puppets.  I’ll leave you with a photo sent to us by the Stage Manager from our sit-down run in Chicago.  Featured in the photo are our own puppets, Eric Carle’s drawings, and all three intrepid company members.

Any former Mermaid alumni who are planning to come next week and haven’t yet contacted us, send us an email: puppets@mermaidtheatre.ns.ca

Christine, Dan, and Sarah Jean, Brown Bear, and Caterpillar posing for a very meta-moment. Chicago Children’s Theatre, May 2012

Have a good weekend, and safe travels to you all.