The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia came to the Baekam Art Hall here in Seoul for almost a 3-week run of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites. It was a black light theater production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Mixed-Up Chameleon, and Little Cloud. If there was any book that black light theatre was meant to recreate, it would be the work of Eric Carle. And shockingly there was only one Korean performance a week, the rest were in English. When they were talking about what will happen, they called their performance a “no shushing” play, I think I was one of the few that understood that comment.
The best part of the performance, was to hear all the kids, yelling out parts of the stories, repeating different phrases from the stories, etc. During the Very Hungry Caterpillar, the narrator said, ‘he was so hungry, he ate a sausage.’ And little boy called out, ‘I’m sausage.’
At the end of the Very Hungry Caterpillar, the actors came on stage and answered some questions from the kids about the performance. The questions were mainly about how did the butterfly move, how did the chameleon eat the fly, etc. Obviously, the kids study English, because whenever the translator would ask if anyone had a question, all the the kids would start yelling and shouting, “ME!”