School-Time Series at MIPAC

2017-2018 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.


Tomboy2Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 10:00am Ivan Coyote: Tomboy Survival Guide Ages 12+ / Grades 6-12 $7/person

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) Manxmouse Ages 6+ / Grades 1-5 $7/person

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 $6/person

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 $6/person

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