South Orange Performing Arts Center
1 SOPAC Way
South Orange, NJ
After much demand, that little hungry caterpillar is returning, along with an assortment of favorite puppet characters. The triple-bill includes the wonderful story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly; the fanciful account of Little Cloud’s travels through the sky, and the Mixed-Up Chameleon’s discovery of his own unique nature. The whimsical tales have enchanted several generations, and Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s acclaimed stage adaptation teaches as well as entertains.
Three beloved stories by Eric Carle, award-winning children’s book illustrator and author, are retold on the SOPAC stage through the magic of black light and fanciful puppets. The Very Hungry Caterpillar follows the wonderful adventures of a very tiny and very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through an amazing variety of foods on his path to becoming a beautiful butterfly. High up in the sky, Little Cloud playfully transforms himself into various creatures, including a sheep, an airplane, a shark and more. The Mixed-Up Chameleon is bored with his life, sitting about predictably changing color all day. Following an adventurous trip to the zoo, he attempts to emulate the beautiful animals he sees before he concludes there is value in his own unique self.
“A quiet delight… brought to memorable life.” – Los Angeles Times
Adapted, designed and directed by Jim Morrow, with music by Steven Naylor and narration by Gordon Pinsent, the hour-long production features the imaginative approach to storytelling through theatre that has earned international recognition for Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle Copyright 1969 & 1987 by Eric Carle. All Rights Reserved. Published by Philomel Books. Little Cloud by Eric Carle Copyright 1996 by Eric Carle All Rights Reserved. Published by Philomel Books. The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle Copyright 1975 by Eric Carle All Rights Reserved. Published by Harper Collins Publishers Inc.
Recommended Ages: 4-7
Running Time: 60 minutes including a post-performance discussion