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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show - Penrith, Queanbeyan and Newcastle

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by Jenny Rossiter (subscribe)
Writer, photographer, educator, explorer of places new, with a passion for adding fun back into life.
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A Colourful Caterpillar Journey with Friends
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show is touring New South Wales after sell out performances at the Sydney Festival in January.

Eric Carle's stunning books, with their colourful hand-painted tissue paper collage illustrations, captivate readers of all ages. Now his well known caterpillar creeps off the page and onto the stage.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, Eric Carle, Penrith, Queanbeyan, Newcastle
Eric Carle is the prolific author and illustrator of many well loved children's books
Photograph by JA Rossiter


Three years in the making, world master puppet makers - the Puppet Kitchen - have created a colourful stage show of animal life using 75 puppets. Puppet Kitchen are winners of four Daytime Emmy awards and alumnus from Jim Henson's Muppet Workshop.

The fifty minute show is based on four of Eric Carle's colourful animal tales: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Mr. Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar was first published in 1969, but is still delighting children around the world. It has sold 30 million copies worldwide and sells the equivalent of a copy per minute since its first publication. No matter how many years have passed since you last read a picture book, this engaging puppet show will fill you with pure juvenescent joy.



Very Hungry Caterpillar merchandise, including books, t-shirts, tote bags and toys, will be available in the foyer before and after the show. A selection of signed lithographs from Eric Carle Studios will be on display. There will also be an activity zone for kids to create their very own hungry caterpillar after the show.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, Eric Carle, Penrith, Queanbeyan, Newcastle
Everyone loves The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Photograph SL Mosbey


Penrith at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre
Thursday 24 Sept 10:00am and 12:00pm
Friday 25 Sept 10:00am and 12.00pm

Queanbeyan at the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre
Wednesday 30 Sept 10.00am and 12.00pm
Thursday 1 Oct 10.00am and 12.00pm
Friday 2 Oct 10.00am and 12.00pm
Saturday 3 Oct 10.00am,12.00 and 3.00pm
Sunday 4 Oct 10.00am and 12.00pm

Newcastle at the Civic Theatre Newcastle
Friday 9 Oct 10:00am and 12.00pm
Saturday 10 Oct 10:00am,12.00pm and 3.00pm

Tickets available from the website.
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Why? Flutter by for a Fantastic Adventure
Where: Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith 24 - 25 Sept
Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre 30 Sept - 4 Oct
Civic Theatre Newcastle 9 - 10 Oct
Cost: Penrith Standard $22 Child (under 12) $18 Family $72
Queanbeyan $21-28
Newcastle $32
Under twos are free
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