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Eric Carle favorites return to Mercyhurst stage

Monday, December 5, 2016

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia returns to Mercyhurst University after last season’s sold-out run of The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites. The troupe’s much-anticipated new show, Brown Bear, Brown Bear and other Treasured Stories, comes to Walker Recital Hall on Saturday, Dec. 17, with shows at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The hour-long production showcases the imaginative blend of innovative puppetry and striking scenic effects that have earned the troupe international acclaim.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, veteran of more than 3,500 performances, joins a whimsical menagerie drawn from the pages of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? First published in 1967, the story was written and illustrated by Carle and Bill Martin, Jr., and has been a valuable tool in helping hundreds of thousands of toddlers associate colors and meanings with objects.

The poignant story of a young girl’s unusual quest in Papa, Please Get the Moon For Me (1986) is considered one of Carle’s most imaginatively designed works. A heartwarming exploration of a father’s love for his daughter, it’s the tale of a child’s unusual quest for a unique plaything — the moon — and it offers a splendid introduction to the wonderment of the lunar cycle.

Mermaid Theatre’s accomplished creative teams have reprieved their roles to create Treasured Stories. Jim Morrow, Mermaid Theatre’s artistic director, has adapted the Carle stories from page to stage, as well as served as director and production designer. Steven Naylor has created the musical score; Deborah MacLean and Struan Robertson have participated as associate designers. Multiple narrators add a charming dimension, featuring the lyrical talents of Nova Scotia’s Richard Donat and Andrea Lee Norwood, as well as a vibrant chorus of elementary school students from Hantsport School in Nova Scotia’s Avon Region.

A limited number of complimentary tickets are available for Mercyhurst students who bring their I.D. to the box office.

This performance is made possible through the generous support of Happi 92.7, Cumulus Media, and the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12.50 for seniors, and $10 for youth (10 and under). For more information, visit miac.mercyhurst.edu, or call 824-3000 to purchase tickets for this can’t-miss event.