Did you know that Room 23 went to MTYP?
On Wednesday, March 13th 2019, Room 23 went to watch “The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favourites” by Mermaid Theatre Company from Nova Scotia.
Instead of actors on stage they used, puppets that two people moved around to tell the story. They also used black lights and glow paint to help make it more realistic. For most of the time, we could not see the actors since they were all dressed in blacks, camouflaging themselves on stage.
The three stories they told were “Little Cloud”, “The Mixed- Up Chameleon” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”.
At the beginning of the play, they announced that this would be a “non shhhing play” and that they would like the audience to help tell the story. We felt free to talk and laugh during the play. Some of us felt like this was a distraction and it was hard to hear and concentrate on the play.
One of the main themes was during “The Mixed-Up Chameleon” and it was about how we should accept how we look and not compare ourselves to others. This is important because you should learn how to be yourself and not feel bad about what others many think of you.
Another theme was spoken about in “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and that was about a healthy diet. The caterpillar ate a lot of food that included, different fruits and sweets. He made himself sick by over eating and his stomach got bigger. In the end, he turned into a beautiful butterfly. His colours were purple, red, green, yellow and blue.
We thought that the “Little Cloud” encouraged us to use our imagination and also not to feel bad because you are smaller than other people.
At the very end of the show, the actors came on stage and did an question and answer period. They showed us that the puppets were made of form and that they had multiple puppets for the same characters. They showed how they made the different puppets move with strings, sticks and their hands. They looked like they were tired and sweaty but they had a lot of fun!
If you have the chance to go to MTYP you SHOULD!
P.S. If you can’t tell, we had A LOT OF FUN!