The timeless classic has made its way off the page and onto the stage. Based on author/illustrator Eric Carle’s beloved book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is the story of a caterpillar trying to satisfy his insatiable appetite, on his journey to becoming a full-fledged butterfly. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show is a bright, bold spectacle, featuring 75 lovable puppets. In addition to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the production features the faithful adaption of three additional Eric Carle stories: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, and The Very Lonely Firefly.

Charlotte Martin Theatre

Age Recommendation: For Ages 3+

Running Time: Approximately 55 minutes. No intermission.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show also contains three other Eric Carle favorites: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?10 Little Rubber Ducks, and The Very Lonely Firefly.

Tickets start at $15.


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Special Performances 

With 75 puppets it’s a non-stop parade of new critters every minute. Every puppet is a wonderful surprise…

JiaYing Grygiel (ParentMap)

Additional Resources

Enjoy articles, activities, interviews, and behind-the-scenes photos in our Active Audience Guide!

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Cast / Creative

Jake Bazel

Cast Member/Puppeteer

Emmanuel Elpenord

Cast Member/Puppeteer

Kirsty Sadler

Cast Member/Puppeteer

Spencer Wolfe

Cast Member/Puppeteer

Production Team

Jonathan Rockefeller Producer & Director

Carl Vorwerk General Manager

Krista Robbins Company Manager

Hannah Delmore Production Stage Manager

Peter Brown Stage Manager

Nate Edmondson Composer

David Goldstein Scenic & Lighting Designer

Reading List


Among a Thousand Fireflies
Helen Frost

Flutter, Butterfly!
Shelby Alinsky

I Went Walking
Sue Williams

Monsters Love Colors
Mike Austin

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Eric Litwin

Press Here
Hervé Tullet

Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian
Margarita Engle

Waiting for Wings
Lois Ehlert

Butterfly, Butterfly
Petr Horáček

For Parents and Teachers

A Little Bit of Dirt: 55+ Science and Art Activities to Reconnect Children with Nature
Asia Citro

Art Lab for Little Kids: 52 Playful Projects for Preschoolers
Susan Schwake

The Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs
Judy Burris and Wayne Richards

Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain: Tune In, Talk More, Take Turns
Dana Suskind

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Discussion Topics:

  • Counting
  • Creativity
  • Animal Behavior
  • Chances/Transformation