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The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other Eric Carle Favorites at Lied Center


ATTENTION: Features, Arts/Entertainment, Calendar Editors
WHERE: Lied Center for Performing Arts, 301 N. 12th St., Lincoln, NE
CONTACT: Michele Tilley, Communications Manager,
Lied Center for Performing Arts, 402-472-7726,

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA, January 3, 2019 - Back by popular demand! Amazing puppetry, innovative black-light staging and an original score bring new life to Eric Carle’s classics for kids of all ages. Follow a caterpillar on his life journey, with vibrant scenery and colorful foods. The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other Eric Carle Favorites will be at the Lied Center for Performing Arts on Thursday, January 17, 2018 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $16/adults and $8/youth and are available at, by phone at 402-472-4747 or at the Lied Center box office, 301 N. 12th St. UNL students can purchase tickets at a 50 percent discount with a valid NCard.

FamFest starts 90 minutes before showtime for a family-friendly preshow party, featuring free food and hands-on activities, such as face painting and games provided by the Lied Center and our community partners. Called “FamFest,” this event is free to all ticket holders for that evening’s event. This year’s FamFest is generously supported by Runza National, Pepsi-Cola of Lincoln and The Cookie Company.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar follows the wonderful adventures of a very tiny and very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through an amazing variety of foods on his path to becoming a beautiful butterfly. High up in the sky, Little Cloud playfully transforms himself into various creatures, including a sheep, an airplane, a shark and more. The Mixed-Up Chameleon is bored with his life, sitting about predictably changing color all day. Following an adventurous trip to the zoo, he attempts to emulate the beautiful animals he sees before coming to the conclusion that there is value in his own unique self.

“ . . . I attended the show with two of my daughters and three grandchildren, and I watched them as much as I watched the stage. They were mesmerized. So was I! Thank you for bringing children’s books to life as beautifully as you did.” 
– Mother/Grandmother, Lake Worth, FL

This presentation is made possible in part with generous support from Dr. Phillip Engen, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital and Patron Friend Sponsors Tom & Doreen Luethje and Drs. David & Marilyn Moore. 

About the Lied Center for Performing Arts
The Lied Center for Performing Arts is “Nebraska’s Home for the Arts.” As part of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Lied presents the world’s most iconic artists and offers major regional, national and international performances designed to educate, inspire and entertain audiences. We offer something for everyone, including the best of Broadway, symphony orchestra, dance, music, theater and family programs. The Lied also is committed to transforming lives through the power of the arts, and nearly all visiting artists work with students in the days leading up to their performance. The Lied Center and its programs are made possible through the generous 2018/2019 season support of Christina Hixson and the Lied Foundation Trust, the Glenn Korff Broadway Endowment, Friends of Lied, Ameritas and Union Bank & Trust Company. Major private patron investments support enhanced Broadway and classical music programming as well as the GK Platinum Artist Fund.