Children’s books at Vilar Center
BEAVER CREEK – The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia brings its adaptation of Leo Lionni’s children’s books “Swimmy,” “Frederick” and “Inch by Inch” to life at the Vilar Center on Tuesday at 6:30pm. Leo Lionni’s collage works are well suited for the company’s unique approach to stage adaptation. The three Caldecott Honor books are among Lionni’s most well-known works. Their images are striking, and their texts are whimsical yet intriguing. Swimmy is a tiny, insignificant fish in the vast ocean who uses ingenuity to fend off danger. Frederick, a mouse who is a poet from the tip of his nose to the end of his tail, makes everyday life an artful experience. The story of “Inch by Inch” features a lovable inchworm who is very proud of his facility for measuring absolutely everything, including a robin’s tail, a flamingo’s neck and a nightingale’s song. All these creatures provide wonderful scope for translation to puppet theater through the gentle storytelling style which has brought international acclaim to the Mermaid Theatre.
The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia has been adapting contemporary and traditional literary classics for more than three decades. Their productions have toured nationally and internationally, enabling the company to perform for more than three million youngsters on four continents. They bring characters to life, and reel their young audiences into the tale they are spinning. Past Vilar Center performances by the Mermaid Theatre include “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” “The Very Quiet Cricket” and “Guess How Much I Love You.”Lionni has been awarded with the American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal as well as four Caldecott Honor Book Awards.