For ages 2 to 6
by Claire Parsons Co
Running time: 30 minutes
Marmalade is a delicious, tactile performance about meeting, mixing and blending. With poetic movements and circus actions, both adults and children will be treated to an exquisite and visual experience by the performers. Marmalade looks at the world through body, eye, feeling and taste in a room with fluffy skirts, soft circus and Fellini music.
Marmalade has performed over 500 shows in fifteen different countries such as the U.S, Singapore, Japan, Africa, Russia, Europe and Cuba! In the fall of 2017, the company performed twenty sold-out performances at the prestigious The New Victory Theatre in New York. In 2020, Marmalade continues on its fantastic journey around the world!
Who is Claire Parsons?
Choreographer Claire Parsons and her company present innovative, high quality performance art for young audiences. Their work is acclaimed for its stunning visuals, exquisite performers and perfectly balanced interaction with the spectators. With playful elegance, humour and warmth, audiences are invited into exciting new worlds together with the performers. The company work is planned and developed in meetings and workshops. They work critically and constructively, aiming for creative and challenging choices in repertory and new productions.
In 2010 and 2014, Claire was awarded a working grant from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee. Next, in 2015, the company received the prestigious Swedish Theatre Critics’ Award for Marmalade. Then in 2016, Claire, as the first Swedish choreographer working for young audiences, was awarded a 10-year Artist Working Grant from the Swedish Arts Grant Committee. Last year, in 2018, she received the prestigious Cullberg Award from the City of Stockholm for outstanding accomplishments in the performing arts.
Parent and Child Workshop
Best for ages 2 to 6 years with Parent
Running time: 45 minutes
Roll a ball, blow a scarf, lie down and listen to soft music. These are some of the many elements that you and your child can explore in this unique workshop created specially just for the both of you!
Within the safe and inclusive setting of the Marmalade performance space under soft lighting, the both of you will share memorable moments working together to balance, lift and follow each other around as you experience the many sensorial elements of movement, touch, sight and sound from the Marmalade story.
APRIL 28 to MAY 8, 2020
For ages 3 to 6
Eric Carle Classics:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Mixed Up Chameleon & Brown Bear, Brown Bear
Mermaid Theatre’s lively compilation captures the magic of three Eric Carle favourites.
The hour-long triple-bill follows the adventures of The Mixed-Up Chameleon who is bored with his life as he sits about changing colour all day until he takes a trip to the zoo. His hilarious attempts to emulate the beautiful animals he sees conclude with his discovery that there is value in his own unique self. The Very Hungry Caterpillar eats his way through an amazing variety of foods on his path to becoming a beautiful butterfly. The story of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? has helped hundreds of thousands of children to identify colours and creatures.
Capturing the rhythmic text and beautiful tissue-paper collage illustrations of the classic picture book, Mermaid’s adaption generates fresh appreciation of an endearing cast of characters.
SEPTEMBER 1 to SEPTEMBER 10, 2020
Todd Parr is the author and illustrator of more than 40 books for children. His books are available in over fifteen languages throughout the world. He is the co-creator of the three-time Emmy-Nominated children’s television show ToddWorld™ as well as short films for Sesame Street.
For ages 3 to 8
It’s Okay to Be Different
Stories by Todd Parr
Three contemporary stories by New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Todd Parr will be adapted and staged by Mermaid Theatre for the 2020-2021 season. For very young audiences, the hour-long production entitled, It’s Okay to Be Different – Stories by Todd Parr features three books from his collection.
With his signature blend of playfulness and sensitivity, Todd Parr explores important and timely subjects. It’s Okay to Be Different cleverly delivers the important messages of acceptance, understanding, and self-confidence. Equally whimsical and heartfelt, The Earth Book, is a sweet homage to our beautiful planet inspiring readers of all ages to do their part to keep the Earth happy and healthy. This is My Hair is a funny exploration of how silly hair can be and that no matter how your hair looks, always feel good about yourself.
Mermaid’s new show will be directed and adapted by Jim Morrow, veteran director of numerous internationally acclaimed Mermaid productions. It will feature a diverse cast, an innovative approach to puppetry manipulation and construction, combined with playful original music for which the company has earned worldwide praise.