It's Okay to Be Different - Stories by Todd Parr
Presented By Overture Center

It’s Okay to Be Different

Stories by Todd Parr

Sun, Feb 14

Capitol Theater

Overture Center is committed to the safety of our guests, resident organizations, artists, volunteers and staff.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate the widespread suspension of performances during this global health crisis. For the health and safety of our community, Overture Center will remain closed and IT’S OKAY TO BE DIFFERENT has been cancelled.

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Running Time:

60 minutes, no intermission


All Ages

Three contemporary stories by New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Todd Parr will be adapted and staged by Mermaid Theatre. For very young audiences, the hour-long production features three books from his collection.

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.

Mermaid’s new show will be directed and adapted by Jim Morrow, veteran director of numerous internationally acclaimed Mermaid productions. It will feature a diverse cast and an innovative approach to puppetry manipulation and construction combined with playful original music for which 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 15 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.”

Sensory friendly performance available! A special sensory friendly performance of this production is available at 1 PM for youth on the autism spectrum or for those with sensory or communication needs. That performance is designed to provide a supportive and inclusive experience for families to enjoy the performance together. Please contact Karra Beach to find out more.