Featuring innovative puppetry, evocative music and stunning "how did they do that?" black light visual effects, this delightful Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia production brings to life three of Eric Carle's all-time family favorites - The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Little Cloud and The Mixed-Up Chameleon. The show is for ages 3 and up, and runs 50 minutes with no intermission.
Chicago Children's Theatre is making it easy for north and northwest suburban families and schools to bring kids to meet everyone's favorite caterpillar by kicking off the run one weekend only, April 25 and 26, at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 W. Skokie Blvd. in Skokie. Tickets start at $20, and the North Shore Center boasts free, ample parking. Performances are Friday, April 25 at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday, April 26 at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. For tickets and information, call 847.673.6300 or visit northshorecenter.org.
Following its opening weekend in Skokie, The Very Hungry Caterpillar will move to The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, for a five-week run at Chicago Children's Theatre's home base. Tickets start at $25. Performances are April 29 through June 1: Tuesday at 10 a.m.; Wednesday at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.; Thursday and Friday at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Saturday at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Sunday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. For tickets and information, call the Chicago Children's Theatre box office, (872) 222-9555 or visit chicagochildrenstheatre.org.