I have to admit, I wasn’t really looking forward to going to the Very Hungry Caterpillar at Children’s Theatre last Friday. I knew it would be an excellent show. We’ve taken our kids to enough CTC performances now to expect nothing less. But, it was cold out, I’d worked a full week and I wasn’t sure my four-year-old date was really ready for his first real theatre experience. It turned out to be a magical night for both of us.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites was everything promised by the hype and everything I would have expected from CTC. The mix of storytelling and puppetry from the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia was an ideal first theatre experience. It was both quiet and entertaining at the same time. The production is only 45 minutes. I’m sure they did their homework, because it was just the right length. My little guy was ready to go when it was over, but the next day he really wanted to go again.
What really made the experience special for us was where we sat. We were right in the front row of the top balcony tucked into a corner by ourselves. After the lights went down, we moved to the floor and peaked over the balcony to watch the show. It felt like we were in our own special world — almost like we had slipped in. If you ever have a chance to sit on the floor and peak over the balcony, I highly recommend it.
Since this show is aimed at small children, it was a “no shushing show”. When he had questions he asked and I answered and since we were tucked away in our own special world, there was no one around to bother. The last thing I would want to do is ruin something as wonderful as theatre for a a small child who is expected to sit quiet and still for longer than they are capable. Both CTC and the Mermaid obviously recognize this and have produced a perfect starter show for the youngest audience members.
Joy Peters is a co-creator and writer for FamilyFunTwinCities.com