On Saturday, December 8, Flushing Town Hall will bring the colorful sparkles of The Rainbow Fishto Queens with an afternoon of entertainment for families and young children. The performance is presented by Mermaid Theatre Nova Scotia, who are traveling from Canada to Queens for the show.
The Rainbow Fishwill enchant even the youngest child with his silver scales and heart of gold in a new adaptation of Marcus Pfizer’s award-winning book about the beautiful fish who learned to share his most prized possession. Mermaid Theatre’s striking puppetry production includes two delightful companion stories, Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Seaand Opposites. The show is recommended for ages 3 to 7, but older children and their families are welcome too, as this classic children’s story resonates with a wide range of audiences. The performance is supported in part by the Jim Henson Foundation.
Prior to the show, puppet artist Jean Marie Keevins will bring her years of puppetry experience to a family-friendly shadow puppetry workshop. Families will work together to build their shadow puppets and write and perform a short story.
“No one is ever too young to enjoy art and theatre performances,” says Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director of Flushing Town Hall. “We are grateful to be able to provide programming for our young audiences and are very excited to host the famous Mermaid Theatre from Nova Scotia, who will bring an afternoon of fun and puppetry to Queens.”
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia was founded in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada in March of 1972 by Evelyn Garbary, Sara Lee Lewis and Tom Miller. Despite their diverse backgrounds, they shared a commitment to introducing rural youngsters and their families to the excitement of the performing arts and the magic of literature. Mermaid Theatre is best known for their unique stage adaptations of children’s beloved literary classics. Their innovative puppetry, striking scenic effects, evocative original music and gentle storytelling have been shared with over six million spectators in fifteen countries.
Winner of The Christopher Award, the Bologna Book Fair Critici in Erba Prize, American Booksellers Association ABBY Winner, and an IRA-CBC Children’s Choice title, the sweet message of The Rainbow Fishseries has inspired children, parents, teachers, librarians, and booksellers around the world.
The puppetry workshop starts at 1:00 PM and the family performance starts at 2:15 PM. Tickets for the workshop are $8/$5 children/free for teens/free for members with tickets to 2:15pm show (RSVP required). Tickets for the performance are $14/$10 members/$8 children/$6 member children/free for teens and are available at www.flushingtownhall.org.School shows are alsoavailable on Friday, December 7. Please contact Flushing Town Hall Education at 718-463-7700 x224 for more information.
Historic Flushing Town Hall (circa 1862) features year-round arts and cultural programming from all over the globe as a way to bring people together. Celebrating and educating the global communities of Queens and New York City, their tagline is: Global Arts for a Global Community. Flushing Town Hall is a member of New York City’s prestigious Cultural Institutions Group, and a Smithsonian Affiliate. They support local, immigrant, national, and international artists, developing partnerships and collaborations that enhance their efforts.
Flushing Town Hall’s 40th Anniversary Challenge
Flushing Town Hall has been presented with a significant challenge on the 40th anniversary season of the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts: if the venue can raise $40,000 in new or increased donations by February 2019, an anonymous donor will match that with another $40,000. The challenge applies to any new or increased contributions (and not to any pre-existing financial commitments) from individuals, foundations, and businesses. Visit http://www.flushingtownhall.org/donate to contribute.
Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot – located a short distance from the 7 train – at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens. Access for wheelchair users and individuals with limited mobility is available.
Once again, this season, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers – for free. Under the “Teen Access Program,” all 13- to 19-year-old boys and girls (whether a member or not) will be welcomed to attend any performance for free. The program is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture.