Goodnight Moon – Program Notes



Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia presents
Fall 2016 U.S./Canada Tour

[PLEASE NOTE: There are two different sets of program notes for this show, depending on the date of the performance.  Downloadable versions are available at the links above.]

Stories by Margaret Wise Brown
Pictures by Clement Hurd
Adapted by Jim Morrow
Director/Production Designer: Jim Morrow
Composer: Steven Naylor
Narrator: Deborah Allen
Narrator [Spanish Version]: Marco Ledezma
Stage Manager [for performances prior to Oct 17, 2016]: Sylvia Bell
Stage Manager [for performances after October 18, 2016]: Christine Oakey
Performers: Jonny Thompson, Hilary Adams, Michael Venn
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

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.

Marco Ledezma, Narrator [Spanish Version]
A graduate of the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City (Theatrical Arts), Marco Ledezma has appeared as a performer in a number of productions staged at internationally renowned festivals such as the Cervantino and the Festival of Mexico City among others. He immigrated to Canada in 1992, where he works as an actor in film, theatre and television, and specializes in all facets of dubbing. He is currently the major Spanish-language dubbing director in his home city of Montreal. To keep fit mentally and physically, Marco continues to take courses related to his profession and regularly practices both summer and winter sports. Marco’s narration for Mermaid’s LA ORUGA MUY HAMBRIENTA (The Very Hungry Caterpillar) has been enjoyed by audiences in both Mexico and the USA.

Sylvia Bell, Stage Manager [for performances prior to Oct 17, 2016]
Sylvia is a graduate of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook, NL, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Production in 2007. She’s much in demand as a stage manager, technical director and production coordinator for film, television and theatre, and has shared her craft with companies throughout the region including Mulgrave Road Theatre, Home First Productions, Eastern Front Theatre, Off the Leash Creative, LunaSea Theatre, Forerunner Playwrights Theatre, and Frankie Productions.  Sylvia was the recipient of the Robert E. Merritt Award for Stage Management in 2010, and joined Mermaid Theatre in 2015.

Christine Oakey, Stage Manager?? [for performances after Oct 18, 2016]
Christine is a graduate of the University of King’s College in Halifax and the National Theatre School of Canada. She has served as stage manager with Atlantic Canada’s major theatres, including Two Planks and a Passion, Theatre New Brunswick, 2b theatre and Eastern Front Theatre. Christine has worked for theatres across Canada in Edmonton, Blyth and Toronto as well as several seasons at the prestigious Shaw Festival. She also works as a venue manager for Sundance Film Festival, Hot Docs, the Toronto International Film Festival and the popular BuskerFest in Toronto. Christine first joined the company in 1997, and has now toured to every state in the continental U.S. as well as China, Singapore, Korea and Western Australia.

Jonny Thompson, Performer
Jonny was raised in St. Mary’s, ON.  After relocating to Halifax, Jonny graduated from the Theatre Program of Dalhousie University in 2011. Since then, Jonny has preformed in a number of stage productions in Nova Scotia, including working with Frankie Productions and Two Planks and A Passion Theatre. Jonny completed training with Mermaid Institute of Puppetry Arts in 2011 and continues to develop his work as a writer and director.  He joined the company as a touring performer in the fall of 2012.

Hilary Adams, Performer
Hilary is a recent graduate of the Dalhousie acting program and Mermaid’s professional training program for puppetry, ANIMOTION.  Her theatre credits include work with Shakespeare by the Sea, DalTheatre, Atlantic Fringe, and Two Planks and a Passion.  Hilary joined Mermaid in 2014, touring their curriculum-based show Code Green: Enhancing Awareness of Species at Risk to Nova Scotia elementary schools.

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.

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.

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia is represented by:
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For general information, please contact:
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Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia Staff
Artistic Director: Jim Morrow
General Manager: Lisa Gleave
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