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Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
P.O. Box 2697
Windsor, NS, CANADA
B0N 2T0
puppets@mermaidtheatre.ca


Debut Performances for Mermaid’s ‘Queen of the Snow’

 

(Windsor, NS) Canada’s acclaimed theatre for family audiences has joined forces with Marie-Louise Gay, the award-winning creator of Stella and Sam, in a new stage adaption designed for young spectators aged three to seven.

Stella, Queen of the Snow tells the story of an endearing brother and sister as they celebrate the first days of winter. Snowmen, snowballs, snow angels and the mysterious white stuff itself all play a role, as well as provoke Sam’s thoughtful questions and Stella’s humourous answers. First published in 2000, the book (as well as its television adaptation and French-language edition, Stella reine des neiges) is a favourite among Stella and Sam’s worldwide fans. To date, close to two million copies of Stella’s adventures have been sold with editions available in more than 25 languages.

The hour-long production incorporates Marie-Louise Gay’s stunning imagery and whimsical characters, wonderfully translated from page to stage through the medium of imaginative puppetry and striking scenic effects. Mermaid’s creative team includes Jim Morrow as director and production designer; Steven Naylor as composer; and Nick Bottomley as projection designer. The author/illustrator herself provides the recorded narration for both English and French-language versions. Touring company members include veteran performers Kaitlin Morrow and Seann Murray; Michael Panich joins the company as stage manager.

Marie-Louise Gay, who is one of Canada’s best-loved creators of children books, has published more than sixty titles and achieved international acclaim for her work. She has been widely recognized as both an author and illustrator, earning three Governor General’s Awards, the Vicky Metcalfe Award for Body of Work and the TD Book Giveaway Award where half a million copies of Caramba were given to every child in first grade across Canada. She is a resident of Montréal, where she has earned acclaim in both theatre and literary communities.

Following debut performances at the Magnetic North/Stages Festivals in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia in June 2014, Mermaid’s staged adaptation will tour extensively throughout Canada and the United States with more than 120 performances scheduled in centres ranging from Calgary and Vancouver to West Palm Beach and Manhattan. The show will launch the 2014-2015 Family Fare Series at MIPAC (The Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre) in Windsor, NS on September 27, 2014.

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Stella and Sam books are published in English by Groundwood Books and in French by Dominique et Compagnie. For further details about the books please see www.marielouisegay.com

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