In picture book form, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, written and illustrated by Eric Carle, was first published in 1969. Eric's caterpillar with a huge appetite continues to entertain children today as he did when introduced to the world almost five decades ago.
The award winning book is a favourite to read to children with parents, teachers and guardians around the world, so it is no surprise to hear the popular story has come to life on stage in an all new Australian production.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show's creator, Jonathan Worsley, has collaborated with Puppet Kitchen; a widely acclaimed New York company that has previously worked with smash hit shows such as Sesame Street, and Broadway's Avenue Q.
Puppet Kitchen introduces 75 enchanting puppets to the stage in The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, in a 50 minute production introducing Eric Carle's world to the stage. The ravenous caterpillar will be eating his way through the performance, alongside some other well-known characters from Eric Carle's other bestselling classics including, Mr. Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly, and The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse.
On stage puppets include an 8 foot crocodile, a life size yellow cow, a collection of underwater creatures, a big and colourful butterfly and of course the star of the show; the Very Hungry Caterpillar.
There are a range of activities to accompany The Very Hungry Caterpillar theme including a fun workshop after the performance where children can create their very own hungry caterpillar.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show premiered in Sydney this January, and opens in Melbourne at Chapel Off Chapel theatre in Prahran this March and April before heading to Brisbane, Penrith, Queanbeyan and Newcastle.
Times and Dates - Chapel on Chapel, Melbourne
24 March to 2 April 2015 Tuesday to Saturday at 10am & 12.30pm
Additional 3pm performances on Fri 27 March, Sat 28 March & Thurs 2 April 2015 30 full (plus transaction fee)
There will be an additional relaxed performance for children with special needs and autism on Tuesday 31 March at 3pm, where the doors to the auditorium will remain open so that children and parents can come and go as they please and house lights will remain on. A resting zone will also be set up outside the theatre with a live feed so children who need to leave can still watch the show if they wish.
Tuesday 31 March 2015
3pm performance for children with special needs and autism
$20 full (plus transaction fee)
Tickets to The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show are on sale here. Recommended ages: 1 – 7 years, with under 2's free.
Images c/o The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show on Facebook
This was one of my favourite stories as a kid, never thought it would be something to go and see live. Great to hear about the performance for kids with special needs to be able to enjoy the performance in a no-stress atmosphere.