Beauty Is Only ‘Scale-Deep’ in Children’s Show ‘The Rainbow Fish’ at Stockton Feb. 11

For Immediate Release


Contact:         Suzé DiPietro
                        Performing Arts Center Manager
                        Galloway, N.J. 08205
                        (609) 652-4927 

Galloway, N.J. - Possessing outward beauty isn’t the most important thing, when inner beauty is the true measure of self-worth.  Children will enjoy the “inner and outer” beauty of “The Rainbow Fish” when it swims into the Campus Center Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 11.

Show time is 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $12 and may be ordered online or by calling the Box Office at (609) 652-9000. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 90 minutes before the performance. For group sales, call (609) 652-4786. 

With her lovely coloring and shimmering scales, the Rainbow Fish is used to being the most beautiful creature in the ocean. So when the other fish ask her for some silver scales, she refuses. How can she sacrifice the one thing that makes her unique?

Will some good advice from the wise old Octopus persuade the Rainbow Fish to share her gifts with those around her? ArtsPower has turned Marcus Pfister’s best-selling book into a delightful and touching musical about the value of sharing true friendship with others.

Intended for children in kindergarten through second grade, “The Rainbow Fish” may not seem particularly sophisticated in its plotting:  A self-centered character comes to recognize the value of sharing with others. But there are more complex issues of identity involved.  It is not talents or possessions that the Rainbow Fish must share; she must learn to give of herself. She eventually recognizes that her shiny scales are indeed quite special, and that she herself is a special creature, but also sees that her external traits are not what will bring friends close to her.

She instead lets go of part of herself as she allows others to take the silver scales, and in so doing proves that her innermost identity is even more beautiful than her outward appearance. Looking into the mirror, she sees that she is at her best when surrounded by those who love her. Paradoxically, it is by making certain crucial sacrifices – giving up the safety of isolation and self-absorption – that she becomes happy and whole.    

For patrons with special needs, the Stockton Campus Center Theatre offers wheelchair- accessible seating, large-type programs, and listening-assistive devices.  Please identify any needs you may have when making a reservation.