Glow-in-the-dark puppet show at Quick Center
Published 5:21 pm, Thursday, November 15, 2012
Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts will present "ImaginOcean," a glow-in-the-dark children's musical by John Tartaglia, at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the center, 1073 North Benson Road.
The 50-minute black-light puppet show will be performed in the dark by a hidden group of puppeteers to create the illusion of fish and best friends Tank, Bubbles and Dorsel swimming in the ocean, according to a release.
The story starts with a treasure map as the fish sing, dance and make new friends -- including everyone in the audience -- in their search for treasure, only to discover the greatest treasure of all: friendship.
Written as a Broadway show for children, "ImaginOcean" opened in New York in March 2010 and began its U.S. tour in September 2011.
The show will premiere at the Sydney Opera House in Australia in January for one month of performances.
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, as Pinocchio in "Shrek the Musical."
He is also executive producer, creator and star of the television series "Johnny and the Sprites."
Born in Maple Shade, N.J., Tartaglia is one of the youngest puppeteers ever to perform on "Sesame Street," starting at the age of 16 and remaining with the show for more than a decade. He starred in Sesame Workshop's English as a Foreign Language project, "Sesame English."
He has also appeared on "Ugly Betty," "Hollywood Squares," Disney Channel's "Bear in the Big Blue House" and "JoJo's Circus" and Discovery Channel's "Animal Jam." He conceived and appeared in "Jim Henson's Musical World," performed at Carnegie Hall in April, and is a past host of the New York Philharmonic Young People's Concerts.
He is also co-founder of Gables Grove Productions, a production company begun with Michael Shawn Lewis.