Tuesday, November 6, 2012

ImagineOcean Swims into the Quick Center


The innovative, glow-in-the-dark musical John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean swims into Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Arts 1 pm Sunday, Nov. 18. 

The show is a critically acclaimed black-light puppet show that’s a magical undersea adventure for all families. Tickets are $18 adults, $15 children.

Visually stunning and brightly colored, John Tartalia’s ImaginOcean is performed completely in the dark with black light puppets taking center stage. A one-of-a-kind live experience, the show stars Tank, Bubbles and Dorsel, three best friends who just happen to be fish, and they're about to set out on a remarkable journey of discovery.

A hidden group of puppeteers create the illusion that the puppets are actually swimming around the ocean - sometimes even extending out into the audience. The adventure starts with a treasure map. As the trio swims off in search of clues, they'll sing, they'll dance, and they'll make new friends, including everyone in the audience. Ultimately they discover the greatest treasure of all: friendship.

The show teaches valuable lessons, eye-popping puppets and hummable songs. Its short running time (50 minutes with no intermission) prevents restlessness, and audiences are included in the fun as the characters often ask for advice and applause.

Written as a Broadway show for children, ImaginOcean opened in New York and began its U.S. tour in September 2011. A premiere at the Sydney Opera House in Australia is scheduled for January 2013.

Tartaglia earned a Tony Award nomination for his Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q, in which he originated the roles of Princeton and Rod. Other roles on Broadway include starring as Lumiere in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and most recently, in the role of Pinocchio in Shrek The Musical. He is probably best known for his work as executive producer, creator and star of the 8-time Emmy-nominated television series "Johnny and the Sprites" (now airing worldwide), receiving a nomination for "Outstanding Performance in a Children's Series."

Tickets and subscriptions are available through the Quick Center Box Office: 203-254-4010, 877-ARTS-396; 877-278-7396; www.quickcenter.com.

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Fairfield University at 1073 North Benson Rd., Fairfield.

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