This past weekend, my family visited Symphony Space for the first time with the kids. We had heard wonderful things about the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia perform Treasured Stories by Eric Carle. It’s a gorgeous glow-in-the-dark puppet show that entranced both of my children. Before the show, thanks to Just Kidding at Symphony Space, we got a chance to go back stage and get a close-up view of the puppets and talk with the puppeteers. We got to try out the caterpillar, hug the frog, and make the Papa’s arms and legs move.
My favorite story of the three was The Very Hungry Caterpillar, but my four-year-old loved seeing the array of animals parade by in Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do you See? Before the performance, I hadn’t been familiar with the third story they performed, Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me. It will definitely become one of our bedtime stories now; it’s a sweet story that even works the phases of the moon into the storyline. I’ll admit that by half-way through the end of the show, I was feeling very calm and sleepy – the complete darkness and the calming story almost did me in. My daughter was awe-struck the entire time, but she sleeps a solid ten hours a night.
If you have a chance to see the MTNS, I highly recommend it. They tour much of the year; you can find the schedule at their website. The puppeteers answer questions after the show, and the director also answers questions in the lobby as families leave.
The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia is just one of the amazing shows brought to Symphony Space Kids programs. Check out the entire season’s offerings of children’s music, dance, and shows here. You can also keep up with events for the space on the Just Kidding at Symphony Space Facebook page.
Check out the slideshow for more shots of the puppets. I also have a video up from the Q&A after the show. You can read more about Just Kidding at Symphony Space and their upcoming programs in my Barista Kids post.