Thursday, January 17, 2013


Darke County Center for the Arts will present Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia's adaptation of Guess How Much I Love You and I Love My Little Storybook on Sunday, January 27 at 2 p.m. as part of their Family Theatre Series. Due to the temporary closure of the auditorium at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall, the performance has been moved to the Versailles Performing Arts Center, located within the Versailles school at 280 Marker Road.

“This musical play will delight children and charm adults, having pretty much the same effect as the beloved books upon which the show is based,” said DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “We look forward to another of Mermaid Theatre's imaginative, creative productions; as those who have attended past shows by Mermaid, this highly respected theatre company really knows how to engage and entertain people of all ages with their amazing adaptations of classic children's stories,” Rawlins stated.

Sam McBratney's touching bedtime story, Guess How Much I Love You, has endeared itself to children across the globe since it was first published in 1995; the story offers a unique introduction to the concept of estimating and measuring by creatively measuring the immeasurable love between a parent and child. I Love My Little Storybook by artist/author Anita Jeram, who drew the charming illustrations for Guess How Much I Love You, features a whimsical menagerie of animals and imaginary creatures who help youngsters appreciate the joy of reading.

DCCA's Family Theatre Series was created to introduce children to the wonder of theatre, and offer families opportunity for a shared growing experience through the arts. DCCA's Family Theatre Series is sponsored by Dayton Power and Light Company Foundation, Second National Bank, Greenville Federal, The Greyson James Steyer Fund, Jean Louise Thieme Fund of the Hope Foundation, Edison Community College, The Andersons, Dr. Doug Gordon, Greenville Rotary Club, Jordan Insurance Agency, Wayne Healthcare, Family Health, and Greenville Kiwanis Club. DCCA also receives funding from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial, Ketrow Foundation, and Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust. Additionally, the Ohio Arts Council helps fund these programs with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans; this program is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets for Guess How Much I Love You and I Love My Little Storybook are $5, and can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or Tickets are also available at Readmore's Hallmark in downtown Greenville and Worch Memorial Public Library in Versailles, can be purchased online at, and will be for sale at the door the day of the show.

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