Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Upcoming: Treasured Stories by Eric Carl, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia in Austin December 4 and in San Antonio December 6

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presentsTreasured Stories of Eric Carle from Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia


Sunday, December 4th in Austin

2 p.m. and 4 p.m. (doors open one hour before curtain)

The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Avenue (click for map)

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Or (512) 474-1221 to purchase tickets by phone.

Tuesday, December 6, 6:30 p.m. in San Antonio

Laurie Auditorium, Trinity University

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THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR is joined by a whimsical cast of adventurous animals drawn from the pages of BROWN BEAR, BROWN BEAR, WHAT DO YOU SEE? The poignant story of a young girl's unusal quest, PAPA, PLEASE GET THE MOON FOR ME, completes an hour-long performance, which both entertains and educates.

Performed by the touring company of Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, this much-anticipated new production, A Brown Bear, a Moon, and a Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle, brings together old favorites and new friends. Featuring evocative music, stunning visual effects and innovative puppetry, the triple-bill celebrates three of Eric Carle's most beloved tales.

A veteran of more than 2200 performances, The Very Hungry Caterpillar joins a whimsical menagerie drawn from the pages of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? The poignant story of a young girl's unusual quest, Papa, Please Get the Moon For Me, completes a fanciful hour-long production that is guaranteed to entertain and educate a new generation of theatregoers.

Audiences familiar with Mermaid’s earlier adaptations of Eric Carle’s books can expect the same attention to detail that has won international acclaim for the company. The use of 'black light' for some aspects of the show will enable puppets and props to make their appearances as if they are animated on their own. The final story in the trilogy will incorporate the magic of both projection techniques and shadow puppetry. Multiple narrators add a new dimension, featuring the lyrical talents of Nova Scotia's Richard Donat, and a vibrant chorus of elementary school students from Hantsport School, situated on the shore of Nova Scotia's Minas Basin.

On the road continuously since 1999, Mermaid's The Very Hungry Caterpillar (a component of assorted compilations with four other Eric Carle stories) has generated remarkable statistics and earned considerable praise from audiences on several continents. Close to 1,500,000 spectators in twelve countries have applauded the ravenous green fellow.

First published in 1967, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was written and illustrated by Bill Martin, Jr and Eric Carle, and has served to help hundreds of thousands of toddlers to associate colors and meanings to objects. Capturing the rhythmic text and beautiful tissue-paper collage illustrations of the classic picture book, Mermaid's adaption generates fresh appreciation of the endearing cast of characters.

Regarded as one of Eric Carle's most imaginatively-designed works, Papa, Please Get the Moon For Me, has been delighting young audience since its publication in 1986. Mermaid's version mirrors the book's stunning illustrations, drawn in thick, brilliant brushstrokes of blues and greens and dazzling reds. An unusual quest for a unique plaything - the moon - offers a splendid introduction to the wonderment of the lunar cycle.

Mermaid's accomplished creative teams, widely respected for their unique and well-travelled collaborations, have reprieved their roles to create Treasured Stories. Jim Morrow has ingeniously adapted the Carle stories from page to stage, as well as served as Director and Production Designer. Steven Naylor has created the musical score and overseen the recording of the narration. Daun Windover and Bob Williams contributed to videography and animation elements, while Struan Robertson and Deborah MacLean have lent their production and design skills.

The production's premiere performances at New York University's prestigious Skirball Performing Arts Center on October 13th, 2011, will mark the first of two hundred performances spanning an eight-month tour to eighteen states. Following appearances in major cities, including Richmond, VA; West Palm Beach, FL; Baltimore, MD; Houston, TX; Memphis, TN; St. Louis, MO; Pittsburgh, PA; Detroit, MI and Indianapolis, IN, the company will enjoy a month-long residency with the Chicago Children's Theatre, marking the second such engagement for Mermaid within two years. A special homecoming performance in Windsor, NS is scheduled for Sunday, June 9th, 2012 under the auspices of the Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre Entertainment Series.

Click to view program for Treasured Stories from Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

Event Parking Information for the Paramount Theatre performance

Secure covered parking will be available for event patrons at the One American Center parking garage, conveniently located one block from the Paramount at 600 Congress. Your $6.00 parking pass may be purchased at the garage entrance from the parking attendant (cash only). The garage will open two hours prior to performance and will close one hour after the performance. For additional parking information, please visit our directions & parking page.

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