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The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites take the stage like never before on March 4 at 7:00 PM. Follow a caterpillar on his life journey with vibrant scenery and colorful foods. Amazing puppetry, innovative black light staging, and an original score bring new life to Eric Carle’s classics for kids of all ages. The performance will kick-off with FamFest, a family-friendly pre-show party featuring free food and games. Tickets for the main stage performance are currently all reserved but additional tickets may still be available at the Box Office on 12th and R Streets, or by phone at 402-472-4747.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites, presented by the acclaimed Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, features a collection of Carle’s most popular and beloved characters including 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. Directed and designed by Jim Morrow, who ranks among Canada’s most esteemed puppetry creators, the triple-bill show incorporates evocative original music by Nova Scotian composer Steven Naylor, and innovative “black light” staging techniques which highlight Morrow’s stunning puppets and props. The work follows closely the books from which they are adapted, providing a new generation with a seamless entry into the world of theatre and music.

On tour continuously since 1999, Mermaid’s compilations of five Eric Carle stories have earned considerable praise from audiences on several continents. To date more than 1665 performances have been presented to more than 1,170,000 spectators throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Singapore, Japan, Holland, Vietnam, Macau, Taiwan and Hong Kong. To accommodate demand, duplicate versions of the puppets and props have been constructed in order to facilitate simultaneous engagements. The English-language version features narration by Gordon Pinsent, one of Canada’s most respected performers. Japan’s leading children’s performer, the late Kishido Kyoko, served as narrator for the Japanese-language version, while Marco Ledezma, an accomplished Mexican voice specialist, has provided the Spanish-language recorded text. A Korean-language version featuring the voice of Shin Ae-ra, who ranks among Korea’s most popular performers, was a highlight of the company’s fifty-performance engagement in Seoul during the Summer of 2008.

90 minutes prior to the performance, the Lied Center will host FamFest, a free, bi-annual event generously supported by Runza National, Pepsi-Cola of Lincoln and The Cookie Company. FamFest is a family-friendly pre-show party featuring food and hands-on activities such as face painting and games. All families are welcome to attend this free event.

This presentation is made possible in part with generous support from West Gate Bank as well as Patron Friend Sponsor Drs. David & Marilyn Moore.

Ticket Information

Tickets to the Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites are currently all reserved. Additional tickets may still be available at the Box Office on 12th and R Streets, or by phone at 402-472-4747. Call the Lied Center Box Office for more information. Tickets are $16 for adults, $8 for students.