Live at Heritage Center presents The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites

Jan 21, 2014 | Kristi Lynch

Heritage Center, the University of Dubuque’s performing arts, worship, and campus center, will present The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites, performed by the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, on Sunday, February 16, at 2:00 p.m.  This triple-bill performance includes the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly, the fanciful account of Little Cloud’s travels through the sky, and the Mixed-up Chameleon’s discovery of his own unique nature.

WHAT:           Live at Heritage Center Family Performance –

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites

WHEN:            Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:          John and Alice Butler Hall at Heritage Center

TICKETS:       $13-$15 for adults, $7 for children/students, $3 for lapseats for children 3 & under (with purchase of an adult ticket)

In this hour-long performance, the Mermaid Theatre tells Eric Carle’s most beloved children’s stories using blacklights and intricate puppetry, a unique performance style that has earned the group critical acclaim.  The story begins with The Very Hungry Caterpillar, following him as he eats his way through an amazing variety of foods on his path to becoming a beautiful butterfly.  Then the audience is brought into the sky with Little Cloud, and watches as he playfully transforms himself into various creatures, including a sheep, and an airplane, a shark and more.  Finally, 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.

The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia has been in operation for over 40 years, and presents over 400 performances each year for nearly 200,000 spectators.  An internationally touring company, the group has performed for audiences in Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Mexico, Australia, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Holland, Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam, and Taiwan.  The company has won many awards both in its homeland of Canada and abroad for its work, including coveted Citations of Excellence from UNIMA-USA for several of their productions.

This performance marks the first of two family performances planned for Heritage Center this season; the second, a production of Charlotte’s Web, is scheduled for Friday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets for The Very Hungry Caterpillar can be purchased at the Farber Box Office Monday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Heritage Center, University of Dubuque, 2255 Bennett Street; by phone at 563-585-SHOW; or online at