ORANGE CITY — Mermaid Theatre, of Nova Scotia, presents the acclaimed composite of storybook favorites, Brown Bear, Brown Bear & Other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle. The production will be held at the Unity Knight Center Monday, March 20 at 6:30pm, part of the Beyond Onstage series.
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. Some 400 performances have been applauded by close to 250,000 spectators across North America and Singapore.
The veteran of more than 3,500 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.
An art exhibit will be held in conjunction with the performance, entitled “Collage a la Carle,” inspired by Eric Carle and Mermaid Theatre. Artwork from Spalding, MOC-FV/ Hospers, Ireton Christian, Orange City Christian and Home Educators will be exhibited March 6-18 at the Orange City Public Library and March 20 at the Unity Knight Center lobby in conjunction with the Mermaid Theatre performance.
Tickets are $15 adult, $10 student in advance. At the door: $18 adult, $12 student. (Lap-sitters aged 2 and under get in free.) Order tickets here, or contact Orange City Arts: 712 707 4885 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com. Sponsor is Orange City Arts, in conjunction with Lisa Laird of Pockets Full of Fun and the Staples Foundation: $2million & change.
This project is supported, in part, by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
“The show, a live staging of three standards from American children’s author and illustrator Eric Carle, presents a visual feast for viewers of any age. It’s shot entirely in black light, with puppetry, live animation, projected images and object movement. All this visual theater is matched with original music composed by Steven Naylor.”
– Joe Hansen, Santa Barbara New Press