Major UK Tour for Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
(Windsor, NS Canada) Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s
signature production, THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR & OTHER ERIC CARLE
FAVOURITES, will embark on yet another impressive international adventure on
August 30th, 2011 when the company undertakes a three-month 124-performance
engagement in the United Kingdom. The tour will open at the prestigious Oxford
Playhouse on September 2nd, and visit 26 other centres before closing at the
Palace Theatre in Southend on November 21st. Cast members include Rebecca
Russell and John Allen MacLean. Stage manager is Shawn Sorensen. Presenting
partners are KW and NB Ltd. (Kenny Wax and Nick Brooke), who are noted producers
family theatre of high quality. (Full tour schedule: http://http://www.veryhungrycaterpillarlive.com/
On the road continuously since 1999, Mermaid’s compilations of five Eric Carle stories have generated remarkable statistics and earned considerable praise from audiences on several continents. To date close to 2300 performances in six different languages have been seen by more than 1,500,000 spectators in twelve countries. Directed and designed by Jim Morrow, who ranks among Canada’s most esteemed puppetry creators, the triple-bill show incorporates evocative original music by Nova Scotian composer Steven Naylor, and innovative “black light” staging techniques. The work follows closely the books from which they are adapted, providing a new generation with a seamless entry into the world of theatre and music. The production was awarded a Citation of Excellent by UNIMA-USA, one of North America's most prestigious awards in the field of puppetry. The show visited 9 centres in Ireland in the Fall of 2010, and has recently returned from a seven-week engagement in South Korea and Singapore.
Founded in 1972, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia ranks among North America's best-known theatres for family audiences. The company has performed for more than four and a half million spectators on four continents, and continues to serve as an impressive cultural ambassador for Nova Scotia and for Canada. The Canada Council for the Arts has lent support for the 2011 UK tour.