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Eric Carle’s Treasured Stories Come to Life at the Segerstrom Center

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This morning, I brought my daughter Ella with me to the Segerstrom Center to see “A Brown Bear, a Moon and a Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle” in the Samueli Theatre. The Segerstrom Center for the Arts offers many affordable family-friendly productions to help inspire creativity in young children through theatre.

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The moment that we stepped foot into the theatre, Ella felt right at home. The staff welcomed Ella to join them at one of the many art tables to create and design her own Eric Carle stick puppet. She took her time carefully decorating her “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” stick puppet while doing mini puppet shows with the other children at the tables.

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When she finished at the art table, she joined other children reading books at the small children’s tables. Younger children gathered around her as she began reading stories to them. After many stories, the bell rang as it was time to enter into the theatre.

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Once we went into the theatre, they encouraged the audience to interact during the production. It was not a “shhhh-shhhh” type show, making all the children feeling relaxed and comfortable knowing that they could be themselves. The curtain went up, and America’s favorite little caterpillar came to life as an interactive puppet.

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The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia came all the way from Canada to bring this heart-warming show for young children. They are responsible for making nearly five million young children giggle and finding a love for the arts with their productions.

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There are no strings attached with all the puppets controlled all by puppeteers behind the back light puppets. Four different kinds of puppets bring the stories to life in the production including finger puppets, hand puppets, rod puppets and shadow puppets that all have bright vibrant colors.

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photo courtesy of Segerstrom Center for the Arts

From the moment that the hungry caterpillar began eating his way through the story, the theatre filled with laughter from all the young children in the audience. My daughter could not stop giggling at the caterpillars frolicsome ways until becoming a beautiful colorful butterfly.

The next act, based off of another Eric Carle favorite, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear.” All of the animals stepped right out of the book and onto the stage. The children began to cuddle up with their parents as the third act started based on the book, “Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me.” The calming music created overwhelming emotion in my daughter as they told the heart warming story.

As we walked out of the theatre, Ella could not stop talking about how astounding the production was. The moment we walked into the house, Ella got out all our Eric Carle books and cuddled up on the couch reading them to her brother while talking about the production.

“A Brown Bear, a Moon, and a Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle” will be at The Segerstrom Center for the Arts for one more day on Sunday, March 10th at 1pm and 3:30pm. Parking is $10 and ticket prices are $20 per person.

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts is at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa.

Disclosure: We were provided with media tickets for the event. All our thoughts and opinions are of our own.

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