Available for Future Tours

Mermaid Theatre's Classic Show.


Leo Lionni's exquisite collage works are ideally suited for Mermaid’s unique approach to stage adaptation. The three Caldecott Honor books Mermaid has chosen for its tribute, SWIMMY, FREDERICK and INCH BY INCH, 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 which 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.

Available in: English Toured to: US, Canada Over 120,000 spectators since 2010 Recommended ages 3-8 yrs.

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Leo Lionni's Swimmy, Frederick & Inch by Inch
Director / Production Designer - Jim Morrow
Composer - Steven Naylor
Narration - Richard Donat
Scenic Painter - Sarah Haydon Roy

Associate Designers - Deborah MacLean & Struan Robertson


Photography by Margo Ellen Gesser