The Lutcher Theater presents Swimmy, Frederick & Inch by Inch as the 2010-2011 Children’s Performing Arts Series season finale. Produced by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, and based on Leo Lionni’s three Caldecott Honor books, this charming show is scheduled for two performances, Thursday, May 5 at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m..

Leo Lionni’s exquisite collage works are ideally suited for Mermaid’s unique approach to stage adaptation, puppet theatre and gentle storytelling style. The three books Mermaid has chosen for its tribute, SWIMMY, INCH BY INCH and FREDERICK, are among Lionni’s most beloved works. Their images are strikingly beautiful, and their texts are whimsical yet wistful.

Swimmy is a tiny insignificant fish in the vast ocean who uses ingenuity to fend off danger. Frederick, a mouse who is a poet from the tip of his nose to the end of his tail, makes everyday life an artful experience. The story of INCH BY INCH features a lovable inchworm who is very proud of his facility for measuring absolutely everything, including a robin’s tail, a flamingo’s neck, a toucan’s beak, a heron’s legs, and a nightingale’s song.

All these creatures provide wonderful scope for translation to puppet theatre through the gentle storytelling style that has brought international acclaim to Mermaid Theatre. The approach to staging will follow in the elegant tradition of THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR and GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU. This style was last seen at the Lutcher Theater in GOODNIGHT MOON & RUNAWAY BUNNY.

Perfect for students PreK-3rd grade, curriculum connections include lessons in creative arts, language arts, mathematics, science, music and puppetry. Swimmy Frederick & Inch by Inch is part of the Lutcher’s Chevron Phillips/Printpack Children’s Performing Arts Series.

All tickets for this show are $3.50 and may be purchased by calling the Lutcher Theater box office at 409-886-5535.  The Frances Ann Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts is located at 707 Main, Orange, Texas.