Having been translated to more than forty-five languages since it's first published in 1969, children's book The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of the most memorable classics of all time. Creator Eric Carle's charming storytelling and colorful illustrations have captured millions of hearts, ours included.
Last weekend, we're so excited to finally check out the book's theatrical adaptation at the Dallas Children's Theater, along with the adaptations of Eric Carle's other works including The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, and The Very Lonely Firefly.
The play was created by Jonathan Rockefeller, who directed a short animation movie called 10 Little Rubber Ducks , also written by Eric Carle.
We came to the 1.30 PM show on a Saturday, when J had just gotten up from his nap. He was immediately intrigued by the colorful hanging mobile at the DCT lobby and of course the butterfly cardboad cutout by the entrance.
Turns out, the catterpillar wasn't the only one who was hungry. J was also very hungry! We decided to give him a little bit of his gluten-free chex mix at the lobby area before walking into the theater, because no food/drinks are allowed inside.
From the very beginning, the show was very engaging and captivating. We loved the different colors projected to the stage by the lighting equipments. And the 75 muppets really brought Eric Carle's famous characters to life, including Mister Seahorse!
The play successfully captures the whimsy and playfulness that we love about Eric Carle's works.
It was lovely seeing and hearing kids of all ages gush, laugh, and even count as they watch the show. The show will run till February 25th, so if you haven't got your tickets yet, NOW is the time to do so by clicking here.
We applaud DCT's effort in making the show as accessible to as many children and families as possible, by providing wheelchair seating, visual impaired seating, and even a sensory friendly show (on Febuary 17 at 1.30 pm)! An ASL interpreted show was also provided on January 28. For more information, please call 214-740-0051, and for any other info about DCT calendars, activities, and membership, visit. DCT.org .
Spread the word y'all, don't forget to use hashtag #CaterpillarShow. No photography/video is allowed throughout the duration of the play, but the puppets and puppeteers do come out at the end of the show for photos. You can even meet the puppeteers in person at the lobby!
We hope you and your family get the chance to experience the show and we can't wait to come back for DCT's upcoming shows throughout the year!
*post cover photo by Linda Blase