Guess How Much I Love You and I Love My Story Book

The City of Barrie Theatres presents Guess How Much I Love You and I Love My Story Book at the Georgian Theatre. Mark your calendar for an afternoon of fun on December 2.

A great tale of a father and son love for each other.  Little Nutbrown Hare loves Big Nutbrown Hare as far as he can reach and as high as he can hop. But Big Nutbrown Hare loves him as far as his long arms can reach and as high as his strong legs can hop. And so it continues… Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia adapts Guess How Much I Love You, the award-winning classic from author Sam McBratney and illustrator Anita Jeram.

“In I Love My Little Storybook, an eager little bunny lies on the grass and opens his book as the story he’s reading comes alive in fascinating detail: enchanted forests, gentle lions, wondrous unicorns, stomping giants, and sleeping princesses, just a few of the adventures waiting to be discovered through the magic of books. From illustrator Anita Jeram comes this endearing celebration of the joy of reading.

Mermaid Theatre’s creative, visually striking production makes it seem as if the pages of the storybooks have come to life right on the stage. Here are some of the theatre techniques you’ll see in the show:

The show employs a variety of puppetry styles—including rod and jointed puppets—to tell the two stories. Amazingly, all of the puppets and scenic elements are manipulated by just two puppeteers. The puppeteers are visible to the audience throughout the performance. 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, which can create illusions such as objects floating through the air or appearing out of nowhere. The puppets and scenery are painted with fluorescent paint, which glows in the dark under ultraviolet light (also called black light). Under black light, anything black becomes invisible, so you won’t see the puppeteers as they move the puppets.

Along with the visual storytelling, the show employs pre-recorded narration of the text for the stories, as well as a pre-recorded musical score by Steven Naylor created especially for this production.”

The play is adapted, directed and designed by Jim Morrow.

Visit www.barrie.ca/TheatreTickets for more information or to order tickets.

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