Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia Returns to The Paramount

The creative minds behind The Paramount’s presentations of Brown Bear, Brown Bear and other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle (April 2017), Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny (February 2016), The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favourites (January 2015), and more, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia is always a welcome friend at the Theater! We are excited to work with them again in 2017 for the family-friendly stage adaptation of Guess How Much I Love You & I Love My Little Storybook on December 6. Learn more about the award-winning touring theatre and join us for the next enchanting live event this December.


Goodnight Moon & Runaway Bunny, 2016.
Photo by Rob Garland Photographers.

Mermaid Theatre is best known for unique stage adaptations of children’s beloved literary classics such as Goodnight Moon, The Runaway Bunny, I Love My Little Storybook, and Guess How Much I Love You. Their innovative puppetry, striking scenic effects, evocative original music, and gentle storytelling have earned them an international reputation. Since their founding in 1972, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia has been making their own puppets and working with gifted artists from around the continent to bring their enchanting shows to life.

Mermaid Theatre performances are great first theater experiences for children. Their productions always welcome the audience with a preview of what they will see and invite them to speak along if they know the words, creating a positive learning environment that is encouraging of participation!

From its humble beginnings into a children’s touring theatre with a truly global audience, they have performed for nearly five million spectators on four continents. In the last decade, the theatre has averaged over 400 shows per year, playing to family audiences, young students and teachers in professional theatres, community auditoriums, and performing arts centers around Canada, U.S., and more. Mermaid Theatre has been recognized by CAPACOA with an award for Best Performing Group, and received the Crystal Tourism Ambassador Award from Nova Scotia’s tourism industry leaders in 2008. Several of their productions have earned coveted Citations of Excellence from UNIMA-USA.

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The beloved childrens’ stories Guess How Much I Love You by author Sam McBratney and illustrator Anita Jeram & I Love My Little Storybook by Anita Jeram come to life on The Paramount’s stage in Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s delightful adaptation for our youngest audience members and those young at heart. This whimsical menagerie showcases the imaginative blend of evocative music, stunning visual effects and innovative puppetry that have earned Mermaid Theatre international acclaim.

Sam McBratney’s touching bedtime account of Little Nutbrown Hare, Guess How Much I Love You, has appeared in 53 languages, with more than 28 million copies in print worldwide since its publication in 1995. A second adored story, I Love My Little Storybook by writer/illustrator Anita Jeram, features a whimsical menagerie of THE NUTBROWN HARES HEAD FOR IRELAND animals and imaginary creatures whose gentle adventures celebrate the joy of reading. Mermaid’s creative team has ably captured the enchantment of the storybook characters and their fanciful settings. Jim Morrow served as both director and production designer while Steven Naylor’s lively music score reflects the Celtic traditions shared by Nova Scotia, Ireland and Northern Ireland. The recorded narration showcases the storytelling skills of Beau Bridges.

This show employs a variety of puppetry styles to tell the two stories. The puppeteers are visible to the audience throughout the performance, but they are so skilled at bringing the puppets to life, however, that you will forget they are even there!  One scene in the show uses the visual magic of black light, where anything black becomes invisible, so you won’t see the puppeteers as they move the puppets. Along with visual storytelling, the show employs pre-recorded narration of the text for the stories, as well as pre-recorded musical score created especially for this production.



Join New Dominion Bookshop on Saturday, December 2 from 1:00PM-2:00PM for story hour, which will include a ticket drawing for Guess How Much I Love You & I Love My Little Storybook! New Dominion will also be stationed in the Theater the evening of the show selling copies of both book titles.

There will also be a ticket drawing at the Jefferson Madison Regional Library–Central Branch on Monday, December 4 at 6:00PM. Visit the library before the drawing to enter for your chance to win a family four pack of tickets to the show!