ArtSmart series resumes Jan. 3 – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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ArtSmart series resumes Jan. 3

The Smith Opera House will present Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s production of Leo Lionni's “Swimmy, Frederick and Inch By Inch,” beginning at 10 a.m. and again at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 3.

These three shows are part of The Smith’s 2006-07 ArtSmart Theatre for Young People series and will feature the innovative puppet company that staged “The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites” as part of the 2006 tour.

Lionni's exquisite collage works are ideally suited for Mermaid’s approach to stage adaptation:

• 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.

• 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 seats are $4.50 and may be reserved by contacting the Smith Opera House. The production lasts one hour. Home schoolers and public and parochial school students are invited to attend this unique and exciting theatrical event, which is recommended for children age three and older. For details, visit The Smith.

Other shows in the current series will include “A Midnight Cry” on March 6; “Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus” on March 13; and Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka” on April 24.