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Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

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The Rainblow Fish

The sparkling story that became an international publishing phenomenon!

Territory represented: Québec, China, Japan, South Corea, Hong Kong

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 Sealand Opposites.

Mermaid Theatre has earned international acclaim for its unique interpretations of the works of Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar), Leo Lionni (Swimmy, Frederick & Inch by Inch) and Sam McBratney (Guess How Much I Love You). These widely-travelled productions incorporate innovative puppetry, striking scenic effects, and evocative original music to provide very young audiences with an effortless introduction to the performing arts and the excitement of reading. The Rainbow Fish features these same elements.

The Rainbow Fish will enchant even the youngest child with his silver scales and heart of gold in this award-winning book about the beautiful fish who learned to share his most prized possession. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia brings The Rainbow Fish to life with their enchanting puppetry.

Winner of The Christopher Award, the Bologna Book Fair Critici in Erba Prize, American Booksellers Association ABBY Winner, and an IRA-CBC Children’s Choice title--the sweet message of The Rainbow Fish series has resonated with children, parents, teachers, librarians, and booksellers around the world.

The first of three tales introduces the most beautiful fish in the sea, whose scales shimmer in all the colours of the rainbow. He is admired — and resented — by the entire underwater world, until a clever octopus advises him to give each fish one of his scales. Further adventures follow as The Rainbow Fish finds the courage to explore the great unknown deep sea, discovering a new world with wonderful sights and friendly creatures of all shapes, sizes and colours who are eager to make his acquaintance. The underworld wonderland is the setting for an introduction to the concept of opposites. As a fitting finale, the story ends with the most satisfying opposite of all—give and take—as Rainbow Fish shares one of his shining scales with a friend.

Credits

  • Text: Marcus Pfister
  • Director, Production Designer: Jim Morrow
  • Composer: Steven Naylor
  • Narration: Laura Benanti & Linda Wonneberger
  • Scenic Painter: Sarah Haydon Roy
  • Associate Designers: Deborah MacLean & Struan Robertson

Agent (Québec, China, Japan, South Corea, Hong Kong)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites

En tournée depuis 1999, ce collage d’œuvres du célèbre auteur et illustrateur américain Eric Carle bat de nombreux records et soulève l’enthousiasme.

Territory represented: Québec, China, Japan, South Corea, Hong Kong

Three beloved stories by Eric Carle, award-winning children’s book illustrator and author, are retold on 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, and an airplane, a shark and more. The Mixed-Up Chameleon is bored with his life, sitting about predictably changing colour all day. Following an adventurous trip to the zoo, he attempts to emulate the beautiful animals he sees before coming to the conclusion that there is value in his own unique self.

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.

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