February 17, 2015, BY Kathryn Kopchik

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites will come to life Saturday, March 7, at 1 p.m. on the Weis Center stage at Bucknell University. 

The event is sponsored, in part, by Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate.

Three beloved stories by award-winning children's book illustrator and author Eric Carle will be retold on stage through the magic of black light and fanciful puppets. The 60-minute performance without an intermission is suggested for ages 3-7.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar follows the wonderful adventures of a very tiny and very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through an amazing variety of foods on his path to becoming a beautiful butterfly. High up in the sky, Little Cloud playfully transforms himself into various creatures, including a sheep, and an airplane, a shark and more. The Mixed-Up Chameleon is bored with his life, sitting about predictably changing color all day. Following an adventurous trip to the zoo, he attempts to emulate the beautiful animals he sees before coming to the conclusion that there is value in his own unique self.

Adapted, designed and directed by Jim Morrow, with music by Steven Naylor and narration by Gordon Pinsent, the hour-long production features the imaginative approach to storytelling through theatre that has earned international recognition for Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. The Los Angeles Times says, "A quiet delight ... brought to memorable life."

Tickets for the performance are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 62+, $5 for youth 18 and under, $5 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $5 for non-Bucknell students and $5 for Bucknell students (limit 2).

Tickets can be purchased online at www.bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling the Campus Box Office at 570-577-1000.

For more information about this performance contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by email at lisa.leighton@bucknell.edu.

The next event in the Weis Center's 2014-15 Series is a free jazz performance by Matt Wilson Quartet with John Medeski on Wednesday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center's Lobby.

The Quartet — Chris Lightcap on bass, Jeff Lederer on tenor saxophone/clarinet, Kirk Knuffke on cornet and Matt Wilson on drums — will perform with special guest John Medeski on piano. Wilson, who was featured on the covers of both Downbeat and JazzTimes in 2009, was voted #1 Rising Star Drummer for five consecutive years in the Downbeat Critic's Poll. The readers of JazzTimes chose him as one of the top four drummers in the 2010 Readers Poll. In 2003, he was voted Drummer of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association. The March 18 performance is free and tickets are not required.

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to www.bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or www.facebook.com/WeisCenter

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