Goodnight Moon – Program Notes
  Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia presents GOODNIGHT MOON & THE RUNAWAY BUNNY Winter 2018 U.S./Canada Tour (Program notes as a Word document for editing use are available at this link.) Stories by Margaret Wise Brown Pictures by Clement Hurd Adapted by Jim Morrow Director/Production Designer: Jim Morrow Composer: Steven Naylor Narrator: Deborah Allen Stage Manager: Larry Copeland Performers: Graeme Black Robinson, Michael Venn, Michelle Urbano Associate Designers: Jonathan Ford, Deborah MacLean Video Design: Windoverdaun Films Animation: Bob Williams Pre-show video images courtesy of Andrew Dill, Avard Woolaver and the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency Adapted with permission Goodnight Moon Copyright © 1947 by Harper & Row. Text copyright © renewed 1975 by Roberta Brown Rauch. Illustrations © renewed 1975 by Edith Hurd, Clement Hurd, John Thacher Hurd and George Hellyer, as Trustees of the Edith & Clement Hurd 1982 Trust. The Runaway Bunny Copyright © 1942 by Harper & Row Publishers. Text copyright renewed 1970 by Roberta Brown Rauch. Illustrations copyright © 1972 by Edith T. Hurd, Clement Hurd, John Thacher Hurd, and George Hellyer as Trustees of the Edith and Clement Hurd 1982 Trust. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and Arts Nova Scotia. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia is a member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres and engages professional Artists who are members of Canadian Actors' Equity Association under the terms of the Canadian Theatre Agreement.   About Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia Founded in 1972, Mermaid Theatre's unique adaptations of children's literature have delighted more than five million young people in sixteen countries on four continents. Based in Windsor, a small rural town in Nova Scotia’s Avon Region, the company performs for more than 300,000 spectators annually, and currently ranks among North America’s most active touring organizations. Closer to home, Mermaid offers instruction at all levels through its Institute of Puppetry Arts, welcomes artists-in-residence through its Theatre Loft, provides a unique outreach program for adolescents through the Youtheatre, and offers a vibrant performing arts series at MIPAC (the Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre). About the Production Goodnight Moon is a celebration of familiar nighttime rituals, while The Runaway Bunny’s pretend tale of leaving home evokes reassuring responses from his loving mum. Both feature endearing rabbit characters, and the soothing rhythms of bunny banter and dream-like imagery never fail to infuse young readers with a reassuring sense of security. Mermaid’s staged adaptation brings a new sense of appreciation to stories that have delighted several generations. About the Author Few writers have been as attuned to the concerns and emotions of childhood as Margaret Wise Brown (1910–1952). Brown, a former teacher, believed that very young children could be fascinated by the simple pleasures of the world around them. Few had previously attempted to write specifically for children aged two to five, and Brown created some of the most enduring and beloved children’s books of all time as well as developed the concept of the first durable board book. About the Illustrator Clement Hurd (1908–1988) graduated from Yale University and studied painting in Paris in the 1930s with Fernand Léger and others. His engaging semi-abstract style became world-famous with the publication of The Runaway Bunny in 1942 and Goodnight Moon in 1947 - collaborations with Brown that became two of the 20th Century’s best-known children’s books. About the Creative Team Jim Morrow, Director/Production Designer Jim creates puppets for stage, television and film. He's directed numerous?shows for the Theatre, including Stella, Queen of the Snow; The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favourites; Guess How Much I Love You & I Love My Little Storybook; Swimmy, Frederick, and Inch by Inch; as well as designed many others. A gifted performer, Jim has toured extensively in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan. He serves as director of puppetry for Symphony Nova Scotia's production of The Nutcracker, and frequently conducts master classes in puppetry in North America and abroad. Jim is Mermaid Theatre’s Artistic Director. Steven Naylor, Composer Steven has created the music for more than a dozen Mermaid shows, including Stella, Queen of the Snow; Guess How Much I Love You & I Love My Little Storybook; Swimmy, Frederick, and Inch by Inch; The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favourites and many others. His many other professional activities include original film and television scores; contemporary music composition and performance; university teaching and curriculum development; and a long-term international involvement with electroacoustic concert music. Steven is Mermaid Theatre's Artistic Advisor for Music and Sound Design. About the Company Deborah Allen, Narrator Deborah began her theatrical career in Halifax, NS as Neptune Theatre’s first apprentice in 1965. Since then she has made a successful career as an actor, director, producer, radio broadcaster and voice specialist. Deb toured with Mermaid Theatre’s production of The Journey in 1974, which played to First Nations communities throughout Nova Scotia. Since that time she has had extensive experience in theatre, film, television and radio. Deb has lent her voice to countless documentaries for the National Film Board, TVO, commercials and museum installations. Among her very favorite narrations would have to be for those little people in her family. Larry Copeland, Stage Manager Larry is a stage manager who divides his time between Canada and the United States. In the U.S., he has worked on Broadway (Leap of Faith), off-Broadway (Primary Stages) and regionally (Two River Theater and White Plains Performing Arts Center). In Canada, he has worked for Mirvish Productions, Canadian Stage, National Arts Centre, Charlottetown Festival and Theatre New Brunswick to name a few. Larry joined the Mermaid team in the summer of 2016. Graeme Black Robinson, Performer Graeme was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. Since graduating from George Brown College's Theatre Arts program, he has studied physical theatre forms across Canada with many esteemed teachers. Graeme is the Artistic Director of Toronto's Silent Protagonist theatre company. He starred in their inaugural mask and puppet show, Or Be Eaten, at the 2013 Toronto Fringe Festival. Most recently he wrote and directed Cryptids of the Canadian Shield for the Toronto Puppetry Collective's Puppet Allsorts Festival. Graeme joined Mermaid in 2014, and has since toured with Mermaid across the U.S., Canada, and the People’s Republic of China. Michael Venn, Performer Michael is a graduate of the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College theatre program in Corner Brook, NL. It was there that he earned the Andre Noble Award for outstanding achievement as well as a BFA in Acting. Always striving to improve his craft, Michael went on to train as a circus performer at the Academy of Circus Arts in the UK and has entertained audiences all over England, Italy, Canada and the U.S. Michael completed Mermaid Theatre's Institute of Puppetry Arts training program in 2015 and joined the company as a touring performer shortly thereafter.   Michelle Urbano, Performer Michelle Urbano is a Toronto theatre artist working as an actor, puppeteer, puppet designer, playwright and producer.  After graduating from Humber College’s Theatre Performance program she co-founded Artichoke Heart, an object theatre company creating original devised puppetry works.  Artichoke Heart completed residencies at Mermaid Theatre and Cahoots Theatre, performed at several puppetry festivals (including Casteliers International Festival, Puppetmongers’ Fresh Ideas), and found success at the Toronto and Montreal fringe festivals.  Michelle joined Mermaid in 2016.   Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia is represented by: KIDS’ ENTERTAINMENT Tel: (416) 971 4836 Fax: (416) 971 4841 email: website: Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Province of Nova Scotia: canada-council-logo-bw ArtsNS-Nova Scotia logo For general information, please contact: Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia P.O. Box 2697 Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada B0N 2T0 Tel: (902) 798 5841 Fax: (902) 798 3311 email: website: Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia Staff Artistic Director: Jim Morrow General Manager: Danny Everson Public Affairs Consultant: Sara Lee Lewis Administrator: Cathy White Office & Tour Coordinator: Jason Tucker Production Manager: Deborah MacLean Production Associate: Struan Robertson Artistic Advisor for Music and Sound Design: Steven Naylor Technical Director: Michael Jamieson Scenic Painter: Sarah Haydon Roy Seamstress: Sarah Harvey Hart