February 22, 2023 Des Moines Civic Center

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Please note: all children who enter the theater for this production must have a ticket and be at least three years old.

Grades preK-2

Three contemporary stories by New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Todd Parr, adapted for the stage by Mermaid Theater of Nova Scotia, explore important subjects with a blend of playfulness and sensitivity. 

It’s Okay to Be Different cleverly delivers the important messages of acceptance, understanding, and self-confidence. Equally whimsical and heartfelt, The Earth Book is a sweet homage to our beautiful planet, inspiring readers of all ages to do their part to keep the Earth happy and healthy. This is My Hair is a funny exploration of how silly hair can be and that no matter how your hair looks, to always feel good about yourself.

Featuring a diverse cast, with an innovative approach to puppetry manipulation and construction, combined with playful original music, the company has earned worldwide praise.

Todd Parr is the author and illustrator of more than 40 books for children. His books are available in over fifteen languages throughout the world. He is the co-creator of the three-time Emmy-Nominated children’s television show ToddWorld™ as well as short films for Sesame Street.

Extend your day with the Blank Park Zoo

It's Okay To Be Different – Just like humans, it is important for animals to be different. Join us at Blank Park Zoo to learn about biodiversity, why animals deserve our support, and just how unique each animal is at Blank Park Zoo. Call or email MK Gillette at 515-246-2355 or for more information.

Curriculum Connections

Literacy, Science, Social Studies, SEL, Theater

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Teachers will be granted access to supplemental materials to help students prepare for and to reflect on their experience at the theater. Materials are generally available four-six weeks before the performance. 

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