Monday, February 20, 2012

Treasured Stories by Eric Carle

Mermaid Theatre’s production of Treasured Stories by Eric Carle brings together old favorites and new friends. Featuring evocative music, stunning visual effects and innovative puppetry, the triple-bill celebrates three of Eric Carle’s most beloved tales.

A veteran of more than 2200 performances, The Very Hungry Caterpillar joins a whimsical menagerie, drawn from the pages of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?. The poignant story of a young girl’s unusual quest, Papa, Please Get the Moon For Me, completes a fanciful production, that is guaranteed to entertain and educate a new generation of young theatergoers.

Eric Carle’s classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar follows the wonderful adventures of a very tiny and hungry caterpillar, as he progresses through an amazing variety of foods, towards his eventual metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly.

First published in 1967, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was written and illustrated by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle and has served to help countless toddlers learn to associate colors and meaning to objects. Capturing the rhythmic text and beautiful tissue-paper collage illustrations of the classic picture book, Mermaid’s adaptation generates fresh appreciation for the endearing cast of characters.

Regarded as one of Eric Carle’s most imaginatively-designed works, Papa, Please Get the Moon For Me has been delighting young audiences since its publication in 1986. Mermaid’s production mirrors the book’s stunning illustrations, drawn in thick brilliant brushstrokes of blue and greens and dazzling reds. An unusual quest for a unique plaything - the moon - offers a splendid introduction to the wonderment of the lunar cycle.

Audiences familiar with Mermaid’s earlier adaptations of Eric Carle’s books will find the same attention to detail that has won international acclaim for the company. The use of “black light” for some aspects of the show, enable puppets and props to make their appearances, as if they are animated on their own. The final story in the trilogy will incorporate the magic of both projection techniques and shadow puppetry.

Treasured Stories by Eric Carle will be presented live at The Orpheum Theatre Friday, February 24 at 6PM.  Click here for tickets!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Million Dollar Quartet Giveaway

Enter below for your chance to win a Million Dollar Quartet prize pack containing a hat, magnet/bottle opener and a set of four shot glasses.  The hit Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet will be at The Orpheum Theatre February 14-19 and great seats are still available!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Locomotion: Dealing with Life's Challenges

Meet Lonnie Collins Motion,
Meet all the people he cares about
even those just passing through.
Meet them in his words.
Meet them in his rhythm.
Meet them all in Locomotion.

Based on the award-winning verse novel by Jacqueline Woodson, Locomotion is a journey through one boy’s heartbreak and the healing power of poetry.  Lonnie is eleven and alone.  His parents died unexpectedly and his sister was placed in a different foster home.  He misses them all and a teacher encourages Lonnie to express his feelings on paper.  As he revisits the past and explores the present, Lonnie discovers a newfound hope for the future.  Locomotion is a dance of perfect moments in an imperfect world.  It is both happy and sad but ultimately inspiring.

Watch the story come to life on The Orpheum Theatre stage Tuesday, February 7 at 6 pm, as part of the Theatre’s 2011-2012 Family Series.

 For more information or to purchase tickets, call (901) 525-3000 or visit