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School-Time Performance

CANCELLED “It’s Okay to Be Different” – Stories by Todd Parr

Suggested for grades PK - 3

October 30, 2023 • 10:00 AM

Merrill Auditorium

In light of the ongoing situation and out of an abundance of caution, Portland Ovations has cancelled Monday’s School-Time Performance of It’s Okay to Be Different. The safety and wellbeing of the students, educators, and families who attend our performances will always be our first priority. We know that attending this performance on Monday would be logistically challenging for you, and you need to focus now on your community and the physical and emotional wellbeing of your students. All educators with reservations will be contacted separately about their tickets.

"'Parr’s work is refreshing, bright, and joyful with simple thoughts that make profound statements."

Produced & performed by Mermaid Theatre of Novia Scotia.
Adapted from three books by Todd Parr, this colorful production encourages everyone to embrace what makes them unique. With his signature blend of playfulness and sensitivity, Todd Parr explores important and timely subjects. 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, always feel good about yourself. This production features Mermaid Theatre’s signature innovative approach to puppetry manipulation and construction, as well as a diverse cast and playful, original music.
Production Credits:
Author / Illustrator – Todd Parr
Director / Production Designer – Jim Morrow
Composer – Asif Illyas
Sound Producer – Shehab Illyas
Narrator (The Earth Book) – Rebecca Thomas
Narrators (It’s Okay To Be Different) – Students from Armbrae Academy: Laura Britton, Nicholas Wang, Lachlan MacSween, Lydia Muchangi, Milena Tucker, Anik Jeyakumar
Project Manager – Struan Robertson
Associate Designers – Deborah MacLean & Rosie Browning
Scenic Painter – Lisa Bedard


MONDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2023 at 10AM




$10 / TICKET


Registration closes two weeks before the performance.


60 minutes


This performance will be ASL interpreted. Wheelchair Accessible seating available at venue. Read more about accessibility at Merrill Auditorium.


Pre and post-performance workshops are available. Please email for more information.

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