Brown Bear, Brown Bear
& Other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s acclaimed composite of storybook favourites will enjoy widespread touring in 2016-2017, First premiered in 2011, Brown Bear, Brown Bear and other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle brings together old favorites and new friends. The hour-long production showcases the imaginative blend of innovative puppetry and striking scenic effects that has won international acclaim for the Nova Scotia-based theatre. To date some 400 performances have been applauded by close to 250,000 spectators across North America and Singapore.
The veteran of more than 3500 performances, The Very Hungry Caterpillar 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, 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 an unusual quest for a unique plaything – the moon – and offers a splendid introduction to the wonderment of the lunar cycle.
Mermaid’s accomplished creative teams have reprieved their roles to create Treasured Stories. Jim Morrow, Mermaid’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.