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The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites

Produced by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
Adapted, directed & designed by Jim Morrow
Music by Steven Naylor
Narrated by Gordon Pinsent

Back by popular demand after a fantastic production at The Rose in 2014! Featuring evocative music, innovative puppetry, and stunning black light visual effects, The Very Hungry Caterpillar comes to life on The Rose stage courtesy of the renowned Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia! The Very Hungry Caterpillar follows the adventures of a very tiny and very hungry caterpillar that eats his way through an amazing variety of foods towards his eventual metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly. His story is joined by Little Cloud as well as The Mixed Up Chameleon, making for an unforgettable theatrical event for the entire family.

  • Run Dates Sept 28 - Oct 14, 2018
  • Appropriate Ages All Ages
  • Duration 45 minutes

Show Program



  • Performers – Ben Leger, Andrew Young

Artistic Credits

  • Author/Illustrator – Eric Carle
  • Director/Production Designer – Jim Morrow
  • Composer – Steven Naylor
  • Narrator – Gordon Pinsent
  • Stage Manager – Kevin Olson

Production Credits

  • Artistic Director – Jim Morrow
  • General Manager – Danny Everson
  • Public Affairs Consultant – Sara Lee Lewis
  • Administrator – Cathy White
  • Administrative Associate – Pam Moore
  • Production Manager – Deborah MacLean
  • Director of Education and Outreach – Struan Robertson
  • Artistic Advisor for Music and Sound Design – Steven Naylor
  • Technical Director – Michael Jamieson
  • Scenic Painter – Sarah Haydon Roy
  • Seamstress – Sarah Hart
Ben Leger

Ben Leger

Ben Leger is beyond delighted to be reunited with Mermaid Theatre, for this North
American tour. The Cole Harbour native was first initiated in the #theatrelife in grade 11
when he played Roberto in Auburn Drive High School’s dinner theatre "Santa Baby" (2009).
From there he went on to continue his love affair with theatre by attending The Fountain
School of Performing Arts, where he performed in such shows as: "The Good Soul of
Szechuan" (2014), "The Birds" (2014), "Our Country’s Good" (2014), and "The Seagull" (2015).
His most recent production was also with Mermaid Theatre, when they toured to China
with "The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carl Favourites" (2018). Ben would like to
thank the entire creative team at Mermaid for being an absolute dream to work with and
hopes everyone enjoys the show!

Andrew Young

Andrew Young

Andrew has a passion for creating theatre focused on puppetry, clown, and non-verbal
storytelling. He has performed in Festival de Casteliers International Puppetry Festival,
Nuit Blanche North, SummerWorks, Toronto Festival of Clowns, Night of Dread, Edge of
the Woods Theatre Festival, Puppets Up! International Festival, Next Stage Theatre
Festival as well as other various festivals across Canada. He splits his time bouncing
between Toronto and Bruce County. Selected performance credits
include: "Table Top Tales" (SNAFU), "Old Man and the River" (Theatre
Direct), "Unjustly" (Festival Players of Prince Edward County/Small Pond Arts), "Snack
Music" (SNAFU), "To The Last Cry" (Theatre Lab), "We Walk Among You" (Artichoke Heart).

Kevin Olson

Kevin Olson

Kevin is excited to join the Mermaid Theatre family! He has traveled across North
America with Geordie Productions (Jabber), Carousel Players (Danny King of the
Basement, The Remarkable Flight of Marnie McPhee), Kaha:Wi Dance Theatre (A Story
Before Time, Here on Earth) and over a dozen productions with Smile Theatre. Enjoy the

Know Before You Go

Join Our Post-Performance Q&A Session!

A few minutes after the performance, our actors will conduct a Question & Answer session from the stage. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the scenery, costumes, special effects, and other aspects of the production. The actors may even have a question or two for you about the story.

Meet the Cast & Get an Autograph!

Some performers will be available after the show to say hello, pose in pictures, and sign their autographs for you. You can meet them on the mezzanine level right outside the entrance to our balcony level seats.


Everyone deserves a chance to experience the magic of theater. Performances are open to children and family members of all abilities. Click here to learn more about accessibility at The Rose.

Social Stories

A social story is a tool that helps individuals better understand the world around them so they can plan for a positive experience, even if they are going into an place that is unknown to them. Social stories help individuals know what to expect and what to do in unfamiliar situations by walking them through the experience. They are often used by individuals on the autism spectrum, children with sensory needs or those with other special needs. They can be very helpful for very young children anticipating their first theatrical experience. The Rose’s social stories feature photos of all areas of the theater to help children of all abilities with a step-by-step explanation of what it is like to visit The Rose, as well as answering questions they may have. Click here to access The Rose’s show-specific social stories.

Theater Location

The Rose is located in downtown Omaha at 2001 Farnam Street on the southwest corner of 20th & Farnam Streets.


From west Omaha, take I-80 East to 1-480 North and exit onto 20th Street. The Rose is located on Farnam Street, approximately three blocks south of the 20th Street exit.

Convenient Parking

Parking is available for $2 in the parking garage at 19th & Harney, courtesy of the Omaha Douglas Public Building Commission (1910 Harney St., Omaha, NE 68102).

Parking meters surrounding the theater are active from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, with free parking available on Sundays and holidays.