Two River Theater to Present Stage Version of Children's Book THE RAINBOW FISH

Two River Theater to Present Stage Version of Children's Book THE RAINBOW FISHTwo River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, continues its season of Theater for Young Audience productions with the world premiere of The Rainbow Fish, for audiences age 3 and up.

Created by The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, The Rainbow Fish is based on the beloved illustrated book for children B. Marcus Pfister. The lead sponsor is Monmouth University and the production sponsor is Rumson Country Day School.

With his silver scales and heart of gold, The Rainbow Fish will delight even the youngest children in this adaptation of the award-winning book about a beautiful fish who learns to share his most prized possession.

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia brings The Rainbow Fish to life with enchanting puppetry in this world-premiere production. A Q&A with the cast will follow every performance.

"The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia is well-known throughout the world of Theater for Young Audiences for their brilliant storytelling and clever puppetry," says Artistic Director John Dias. "Two River audiences absolutely loved their production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites in 2014. We are honored that they chose to launch the world premiere of The Rainbow Fish in Red Bank this season."

Tickets are $25. Tickets are available from tworivertheater.org or 732.345.1400 for the following performances: Friday, December 15 at 10am and 12pm (student matinees, tickets are $15); Saturday, December 16 at 11am, 1:30pm and 4pm (relaxed performance); Sunday, December 17 at 11am, 1:30pm and 4pm (Día de la Familia); and Monday, December 18 at 10am and 12pm (student matinees, tickets are $15).

SPECIAL PROGRAMS AND EVENTS:

One Book, One Community: This county-wide celebration of The Rainbow Fish includes partnerships with more than a dozen local libraries during the months of November and December. Free events include readings, arts and crafts, games and more. One Book, One Community's official kick off will be at Two River on Saturday, November 18 from 11am-1pm. This free event will include a reading of The Rainbow Fish, followed by theater games, crafts, face painting, and snacks for the whole family. To access a complete schedule of library events, along with registration for Two River's kick-off event, visit tworivertheater.org.

Relaxed Performance, Saturday, December 16 at 4pm: Two River is proud to offer relaxed performances that support young people on the autism spectrum and welcome them to the theater. Adjustments are made for relaxed performances, including keeping house lights on at low levels, and sound at comfortable levels, especially for startling or loud sounds. Patrons are free to talk, move around, or leave their seats during performances, and iPads and other electronic devices used for therapeutic purposes are allowed in the theater. Two River staff and volunteers with autism training provide assistance at all relaxed performances.

Día de la Familia, Sunday, December 17 at 4pm: Día de la Familia brings Spanish-speaking and bilingual children and their families to the theater-many of them for their first experience of seeing a play. This free performance also includes refreshments and theater games beginning at 3pm.


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