It’s Okay to Be Different

January 24 – February 2

Produced by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

Connections: Embracing Differences, Character Growth, Playfulness

Three contemporary stories by New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Todd Parr, adapted for the stage by Mermaid Theater of Nova Scotia, explore important subjects with a blend of playfulness and sensitivity. 

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, to always feel good about yourself.

From the company that brought you Good Night Moon and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s unique adaptations of children’s classics have enchanted audiences of more than six million on four continents.

To book a performance please contact Jessica McGlynn, School Sales Coordinator at: 204-954-1704, [email protected].

Looking for ways to further engage your students in the world of the play? Add a play-related workshop: students go from seeing, to doing and being!

Recommended for Nursery to Grade 3
approximate running time: 50 minutes including a 10 minute Q&A

It’s Ok To Be Different Study Guide


Author/Illustrator: Todd Parr
Director/Production Designer: Jim Morrow

Composer: Asif Illyas
Sound Producer: Shehab Illyas

Narrator: Rebecca Thomas, Laura BrittonNicholas Wang, Lachlan MacSweenLydia MuchangiMilena Tucker, Anik Jeyakumar, Logan RobinsIvy Abbott-Charles
Project Manager: Struan Robertson
Associate Production Designers: Deborah MacLeanRosie Browning
Scenic Painter: Lisa Bedard
Stage Manager: Kate Redding
Performers: Logan Robins, Ivy Abbott-Charles


  • Tuesday, January 24 @ 10:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, January 24 @ 1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 25 @ 10:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, January 25 @ 1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 26 @ 10:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, January 26 @ 1:00 p.m.
  • Friday, January 27 @ 10:00 a.m.
  • Friday, January 27 @ 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 31 @ 10:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, January 31 @ 1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 1 @ 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, February 1 @ 1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 2 @ 10:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, February 2 @ 1:00 p.m.

Enhance your students’ comprehension and enjoyment of the production by adding a play-related workshop!

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