Nashville Children's Theatre produces off-Broadway show featuring 75 puppets

The Very Hungry Caterpillar show consists of four Eric Carle books, becoming a playful recollection for adults and a fantastic adventure for children.

Nashville Children's Theatre produces off-Broadway show featuring 75 puppets

Nashville, TN – Nashville Children’s Theatre (NCT), the nation’s oldest professional theatre for young audiences and the largest theatre in Middle Tennessee, announces the fifth show in its 2018-19 Season of Discovery: THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW. This play for young audiences runs from February 21 – April 7, 2019.

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With a colorful menagerie of 75 incredible puppets from the Off-Broadway production, four beloved classics — Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar — come to life! These puppets, identical to the illustrations they are based on, deliver charm to both children and adults.

“While assembling NCT’s 2018-19 Season of Discovery,” says Ernie Nolan, NCT Executive Artistic Director, “I knew The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show was a perfect fit. Not only do each of the four stories within this play hold revelations for their characters, but the book itself has helped generations of children discover reading and literature.”

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW is created by Jonathan Rockefeller and based on Eric Carle’s books.

The cast includes Isabella Karina Coelho, DéYonté Jenkins, and Kristin McCalley.

Production Design for the play is by Jonathan Rockefeller and adapted for NCT’s stage by Scott Leathers, with Costume Design by Jonathan Rockefeller and adapted for NCT’s stage by Alarie Hammock. Projection Design is by Galen Fott, Lighting Design by Scott Leathers, and Puppet Design by Jonathan Rockefeller. Ernie Nolan directs.

Opening night is Thursday, February 21 at 6:30 pm with general admission tickets.

Weekend performances
Performances are at 2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays from February 21 – April 7, 2019. (No performance on Sunday, February 24.)

Purchase Tickets
Youth tickets are $16, Adult tickets are $21, and group rates are available. To purchase tickets call 615-252-4675 or visit

All performances take place at The Martin Center for Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton Street, Nashville in the SoBro neighborhood. Free parking is available on site.


About Nashville Children's Theatre

Founded in 1931 by the Junior League of Nashville, Nashville Children’s Theatre is the oldest professional children’s theatre in the United States. A national leader in theatre arts and education programs for young people, NCT was ranked by TIME Magazine as one of the top five children’s theatre’s in the country.

Lead funding for NCT’s programs is provided by Metro Arts, Tennessee Arts Commission, The Shubert Foundation, The Memorial Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, and The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. For more information visit