Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia Launches New Production
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia will mark its forty-eighth season with the first staged adaptation of three favourite contemporary storybooks. Directed to very young audiences, the hour-long production, Itâ€™s Okay to Be Different â€“ Stories by Todd Parr will be launched in 2020-2021.
Todd Parr is the author and illustrator of more than 40 books for children, including the New York Times bestsellers The I Love You Book, The Earth Book, and The Thankful Book. His books are available in over forty countries throughout the world. He was also the co-creator of the three-time Emmy-nominated children’s television show ToddWorld™, and has created several short films for Sesame Street.
â€œItâ€™s inspiring for me to see my books come to life on stage, especially with Mermaid Theatre,” says Parr. “Iâ€™ve always believed that storytime should be a fun and exciting time for my readers. Now seeing them come alive on stage will be the ultimate experience for young and old alike.â€
Mermaid Theatre’s executive director, Danny Everson, notes that â€œTodd Parrâ€™s important message of building confidence, self-expression, celebrating diversity, and taking care of our environment is paramount for todayâ€™s children. Parrâ€™s work is refreshing, bright, and joyful with simple thoughts that make bold statements. Mermaid is excited for our partnership and creating a new show that is relevant for our youth today.â€
Mermaidâ€™s new show will be directed and adapted by Jim Morrow, veteran director of numerous internationally-acclaimed Mermaid productions.
Itâ€™s Okay to Be Different â€“ Stories by Todd Parr will feature a diverse cast, and an innovative approach to puppetry manipulation and construction, combined with playful original music for which the company has earned worldwide praise.