A few years ago, I took my kids to see the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia perform a puppet show of Eric Carle's stories at the Field Museum. We were all absolutely floored by this show. They still talk about this experience today. So I was so thrilled to hear that these amazing performers were heading back into town again with a new show.
This month, the Chicago Children's Theatre presents A Brown Bear, A Moon and a Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle performed by the acclaimed Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia.
We were lucky to catch a performance last Friday and I was equally as impressed with this new show. The "no-shushing show" is visually stunning and the puppets have character and personality that you would not think possible. I attended the show with my three year-old son and two year-old niece and they "oohed and ahhed" throughout the entire performance. The experience is geared towards young kid so anything goes. I loved watching the huge smiles on all of the little audience members as they saw their favorite tales come to life on stage (that caterpillar is the cutest!).
I think that this show is really best for kids age 4 and under (I just think older kids won't be as into it). Be sure to hang around for the end of the show where the puppeteers come on stage and explain how the moved the puppets around the stage (mom and dad -- you will be pretty impressed by this part too!).
Performances run through May 27 at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater (2433 N. Lincoln Avenue). Tickets are $15-$41. For showtimes, tickets and more information, visit www.chicagochildrenstheatre.org.
Note that some performances are already sold out so get your tickets asap!
Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to this show so that I could check it out and write about my experience.