Nashville Children’s Theatre presents ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show’ with the help of 75 incredible puppets

three actors and a caterpillar puppet reading an oversize book

Isabella Karina Coelho, Kirsten McCalley, and DéYonté Jenkins

For the fifth show in its 2018-19 Season of Discovery, the Nashville Children’s Theatre is performing “The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show” at the Martin Center from February 21 – April 7.  

In this play for young audiences, a colorful menagerie of 75 incredible puppets from the Off-Broadway production bring four beloved classics to life, including Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. These puppets, identical to the illustrations they are based on, deliver charm to both children and adults.  

“While assembling NCT’s 2018-19 Season of Discovery, I knew ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ was a perfect fit. Not only do each of the four stories within this play hold revelations for their characters, but the book itself has helped generations of children discover reading and literature,” says Ernie Nolan, Nashville Children’s Theatre Executive Artist Director.  

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show” is created by Jonathan Rockefeller and based on Eric Carle’s books. The cast includes Isabella Karina Coelho, DéYonté Jenkins, and Kristin McCalley 

Founded in 1931 by the Junior League of Nashville, Nashville Children’s Theatre is the oldest professional children’s theatre in the United States. A national leader in theatre arts and education programs for young people, NCT was ranked by TIME Magazine as one of the top five children’s theatres in the country.  

Performances for “The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show” are at 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from February 21 – April 7. Youth tickets are $16, adult tickets are $21 and group rates ae available. To purchase tickets, call 615-252-4675 or visit  

All performance take place at The Martin Center for Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville in the SoBro neighborhood.  


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