Oregon Children's Theatre will present "The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show" opening March 28.
Iconic creatures crawl from page to stage with the help of a marvelous menagerie of 75 magical puppets: colorful and kinetic, this adaptation captures all the charm of Eric Carle's original tales and illustrations, while conveying simple messages about the value of creativity, belonging and growth. The show continues through May 17 at the Winningstad Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway in Portland.
This revived version is an adaptation of four classic stories from Carle including "The Very Lonely Firefly," "Ten Little Rubber Ducks," "Brown Bear Brown Bear" and "The Very Hungry Caterpillar." It debuted in Australia in 2015 and has received rave reviews around the world.
OCT produced "The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show" in its 2017-2018 season but the stories are timeless and beloved by all generations.
"We wanted to bring this show back to Portland because it has the ability to engage with very young children, creating an opportunity for families to enjoy these classic tales in a unique and memorable way," said Artistic Director Marcella Crowson.
OCT will present a sensory-friendly performance May 9 at 11 a.m., where house lights will be up, fidget toys are welcome and use of electronic devices with headphones will be permitted. It is also an opportunity for families with very young children to come and experience the theater for the first time.
The performance will be brought to life by four talented actors and puppeteers, Robert Amico, Robi Arce, Kaleena Newman and Jade Tate.
Notable performances take place Saturday, March 28 and April 19. Audience members are invited to come early for pre-show activity. Following every performance audiences are invited to meet the cast, take photos and get your playbill signed.
The April 4 2 p.m. performance will be interpreted in American Sign Language. The May 9 11 a.m. performance is a sensory-friendly performance for those with sensory processing issues.
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