School-Time Series at MIPAC

Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre – 106 Gerrish Street, Windsor

Mermaid is pleased to have a variety of offerings for area students and educators as part of our Performing Arts Series.  We are the only theatre in Nova Scotia that presents a regular annual series of touring theatre companies on our stage. We have several school-only matinee performances, which we offer at a reduced cost, featuring some great theatre for young audiences.


ghmily-sqThursday, October 5, 2017 – 10:00am
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
Guess How Much I Love You & I Love My Little Storybook
Ages 3-8 / Grades PreK-2

Little Nutbrown Hare loves Big Nutbrown Hare as far as he can reach and as high as he can hop. But Big Nutbrown Hare loves him as far as his long arms can reach and as high as his strong legs can hop. And so it continues… Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia adapts Guess How Much I Love You, the award-winning classic from author Sam McBratney and illustrator Anita Jeram.

In I Love My Little Storybook, an eager little bunny lies on the grass and opens his book, and within moments, the story he’s reading comes alive in fascinating detail.  This endearing celebration of the joy of reading was written and illustrated by Anita Jeram.

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia presents Guess How Much I Love You and I Love My Little Storybook, adapted, directed and designed by Jim Morrow, music by Steven Naylor, and narrated by Beau Bridges.

Mermaid is pleased to include this production in its school matinee offerings in addition to a public performance.

halifaxexplosionFriday, November 3, 2017 – 10:00am
Eastern Front Theatre
Lullaby: Inside the Halifax Explosion
Ages 12+ / Grades 6-12

It is exactly one hundred years after the two ships collided, causing a gigantic and devastating explosion.  Three diverse characters meet moments after the catastrophe and the play follows them as they comes to terms with a new reality and a changed landscape.

Lullaby is a tribute to the diverse communities and cultures in Nova Scotia.

Eastern Front has partnered with the Neptune Theatre School to arrange for 40 performances in high schools across Nova Scotia in the fall of 2017 reaching at least 12,000 students.  A tour of regional theatres will follow, prior to final performances in Halifax.

Tomboy2Thursday, April 12, 2018 – 10:00am
Ivan Coyote:
Tomboy Survival Guide
Ages 12+ / Grades 6-12

Tomboy Survival Guide is part anthem, part campfire story, and part instructions for dismantling the gender stories we tell ourselves and each other. Writer, storyteller and LGBTQ activist Ivan Coyote and an all-tomboy band invite the audience to join them as they navigate the halls of public washrooms, skirt the treachery of growing up under the threat of being picked to be a flower girl, triumph over tying a Windsor knot, and discover the power of realizing they were handsome all along.

This performance blends story, lyric, music, soundscape, memory and maybe even the odd elementary  school photograph. Tomboy Survival Guide is a live stage experience that defies gender and genre boxes with the same compassionate defiance and fearless and tender truth telling that Ivan  Coyote has been bringing to their work for nearly two decades of publishing and performing.

Please be advised this performance contains occasional use of strong language.

manxmouse-3Wednesday, April 18, 2018 – 10:00am
Theatre Kwatta (The Netherlands)
Ages 6+ / Grades 1-5

Based on the novel Manxmouse: The Mouse who Knew no Fear from Paul Gallico.

The brave little Manxmouse is on a special journey. But can he survive fearsome foxes, terrified elephants and cats big and small to reach his destination? The Manxmouse is one-of-a-kind. He’s the strangest little mouse you’ll ever see, with bright blue fur, huge rabbit ears and a distinct lack of tail. But Manxmouse doesn’t mind being different. He knows that destiny awaits him, so Manxmouse sets out on an exciting adventure. He meets tigers and hawks and dastardly pet-shop owners, but there’s someone he dreads and desires to meet more than anyone else. The someone who has been waiting for him all along…the Manx Cat.

Manxmouse will be presented as a school-only matinee performance for children ages 6 and up.  The show features whimsical puppets, lively animation and music.  The show was awarded the IPAY Victor Award (celebrating excellence in children’s theatre) in 2014, and was invited to the Imaginate Festival in Edinburgh later that year.  In 2014-2015, Kwatta performed Manxmouse 88 times in 2 tours throughout the US and Canada.

goodnight-moonMonday, May 14, 2018 – 10:00am
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny
Ages 3-8 / Grades PreK-2

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, and celebrates the contributions of author Margaret Wise Brown.

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.

rainbowfishWednesday, June 13, 2018 – 10:00am
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
The Rainbow Fish
Ages 3-8 / Grades PreK-2

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s elegant new show, The Rainbow Fish, includes an original stage adaptation of Marcus Pfister’s colourful story as well two of the author’s companion tales, Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea and Opposites.

The Rainbow Fish tells the story of the most beautiful fish in the sea, whose scales shimmer in all the colours of the rainbow.  The idea of depicting the exceptional beauty of the Rainbow Fish with shimmering silver foil came from the author himself. The result was the first picture book of its kind to appear on the market.

Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea highlights further adventures.  When his last glittering scale falls off and sinks down into the deep sea, Rainbow Fish finds the courage to follow it into the great unknown.

Opposites uses striking images from Rainbow Fish’s underwater wonderland to introduce very young children to the concept of opposites. As a fitting finale, and story ends with the most satisfying opposite of all—give and take—as Rainbow Fish shares one of his shining scales with a friend.


These performances are available for group sales only.   Check online at for public show details. To book your group, contact us by phone at 902-798-5841, or by email at