Eric Carle is a well-loved children’s author and his most famous picture book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show brings the book to life in a toddler-friendly stage production and it includes adaptations of three other best-selling Eric Carle works – ‘The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse’, ‘Mister Seahorse’ and ‘The Very Lonely Firefly’.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show is playing at Arts Centre Melbourne from Wednesday 28 November to Sunday 2 December 2018.
Simply put, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show is a wonderful production that shouldn’t be missed and it’s a great first theatre experience for toddlers and preschoolers. The show is utterly enchanting and engaging, with simple dialogue, vivid sets (I particularly love the storybook backdrop) and 75 stunning puppets by New York’s Puppet Kitchen. The puppeteers are visible at all times but I don’t think it detracts from the magic of the performance.
My favourite segment is The Very Lonely Firefly, with the magical twinkling of tiny puppets dangling on sticks and a big glowing moon at the end.
And the grand finale, the colourful butterfly, is pretty spectacular too!
There are many ‘wow’ moments, even from adults.
Lady AB (4yo) is completely mesmerised for the 55-minute performance and I think that a child 2-4 years may enjoy it without too much wriggling, depending on the child of course.
Note that under 2s are free because they can sit on your lap but a child that young may struggle with the show. It really depends on their personality but there is a noticeable chorus of frightened wailing when the puppets first appear, with one little distressed voice screaming ‘no more! no more mummy!’ at the actors.
And while the show flows along smoothly and at a gentle pace, fifty minutes is still a long time for an under 2 to keep still.
If you do go with a child who’s likely to be frightened of the large puppets then sit up the back in the B Reserve. The seating is grandstand style, so all seats have generally good views unless you have a particularly tall adult in front of you.
I highly recommend The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show. The production is faithful to the simple beauty and colourful artistry of the books and it’s sure to delight and inspire your little ones in the same way – and you too!
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Giveaway! Thanks to Arts Centre Melbourne I have 1 x family pass (4 tickets) to for Wednesday 28 November 10am. To win just follow the instructions below. Victorian residents only. Good luck!