It’s Okay to Be Different
- Stories by Todd Parr

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Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia Launches New Production

(Windsor, NS) Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia will mark its forty-eighth season with the first staged adaptation of three favorite contemporary storybooks. Directed to very young audiences, the hour-long production entitled, It’s Okay to Be Different – Stories by Todd Parr will be launched in 2020-2021.

Todd Parr is the author and illustrator of more than 40 books for children, including the New York Times bestsellers: The I Love You Book, The Earth Book, and The Thankful Book. His books are available in over forty countries throughout the world. He was the cocreator of the 3X EMMY-Nominated children's television show ToddWorld™, and he has created several short films for Sesame Street. His work is published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, a division of Hachette Book Group.

“It’s inspiring for me to see my books come to life on stage, especially with Mermaid Theatre. I’ve always believed that storytime should be a fun and exciting time for my readers. Now seeing them come alive on stage will be the ultimate experience for young and old alike.” -Todd Parr

“Todd Parr’s important message of building confidence, self-expression, celebrating diversity, and taking care of our environment is paramount for today’s children. Parr’s work is refreshing, bright, and joyful with simple thoughts that make bold statements. Mermaid is excited for our partnership and creating a new show that is relevant for our youth today.” – Danny Everson, Executive Director, Mermaid Theatre

Mermaid’s new show will be directed and adapted by Jim Morrow, veteran director of numerous internationally-acclaimed Mermaid productions.

It’s Okay to Be Different – Stories by Todd Parr will feature a diverse cast, an innovative approach to puppetry manipulation and construction, combined with playful original music for which the company has earned worldwide praise. Mermaid Theatre is represented in the United States and Canada by the Shaw Entertainment Group and Agence Station Bleue (Québec & Asia).

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s unique adaptations of children’s literary classics have enchanted more than six million spectators on four continents. Founded in 1972, the company ranks among North America’s most respected theatres for the young, and plays an important role as cultural ambassador for Nova Scotia and for Canada.

For More Information

Shaw Entertainment Group
Simon Shaw
+1 (917) 392-6739

Sherri Leathers
+1 (615) 500-6922

Todd Parr

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, A division of Hachette Book Group