Mermaid Theatre brings The Very Hungry Caterpillar to Wingate University

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Contact: Kim Williams
Communications Writer

Wingate, N.C. – Featuring brightly colored puppets and innovative blacklight techniques, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia has created an elegant stage adaptation of three of Eric Carle’s whimsical stories: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Little Cloud and the Mixed-Up Chameleon. They will be boldly brought to life in The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other Eric Carle stories presented by The Batte Center at Wingate University on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. in McGee Theatre on campus.

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia is best known for their unique stage adaptations of children’s literary classics. Their innovative puppetry, striking scenic effects, evocative original music and gentle storytelling have been applauded by five million spectators in fifteen countries. Adapted, designed and directed by Jim Morrow, with music by Steven Naylor and narration by Gordon Pinsent, this hour-long production is recommended for ages six and up.

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 color 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.

Eric Carle has written and illustrated more than seventy books for young children, which combine collage artwork with an imaginative approach to learning, and has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide. Of Mermaid Theatre, he writes, “Your performance is stunningly beautiful! You’ve captured and enhanced what I am trying to do. I was mesmerized by the tempo, colors, voice, movements, music.”

Tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for children under 17 years and can be purchased online at or by calling the Batte Center Box Office at 704-233-8300 or Carolina Tix at 704-372-1000. To learn more about Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, visit .

The Batte Center
Opened in 1999, the George A. Batte, Jr. Fine Arts Center presents events in the McGee Theatre, Plyer-Griffin Recital Hall and Austin Auditorium. Located just a short five minute drive from Monroe, The Batte is just 2 blocks off of Highway 74 and only 30 miles east of Charlotte. Free parking is plentiful and all three performance spaces offer full wheelchair accessibility.

Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 8th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 3,000 students on three campuses in Wingate, Charlotte and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy, physical therapy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

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