Rainbow Fish

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Rainbow Fish

Thu. Apr. 4 • 10:30am & 12:30pm – UPAC
Fri. Apr. 5 • 10am & 12pm – Bardavon

Grades: PreK – 2nd

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia presents an original stage adaptation of Marcus Pfister’s colourful story as well as two of the author’s companion tales, Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea and Opposites.

The Rainbow Fish tells the story of the most beautiful fish in the sea, whose scales shimmer in all the colours of the rainbow. He is admired by the entire underwater world, and the other fish dream of owning one of his magnificent shiny scales. Resentment and isolation ensue when he is unwilling to give any of them away, and he becomes the loneliest fish in the ocean. Following the advice of a clever octopus, he gives each fish one of his scales. The more he shares, the happier he becomes. The idea of depicting the exceptional beauty of the Rainbow Fish with shimmering silver foil came from the author himself. The result was the first picture book of its kind to appear on the market, and The Rainbow Fish took the best seller lists by storm when it was published in 1992. To date more than 30 million copies of the various Rainbow Fish volumes have been sold worldwide, in more than 50 languages. Now celebrating its twenty-fifth year of publication, The Rainbow Fish is undoubtedly one of the classic
titles of children‘s literature.

Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea highlights further adventures. When his last glittering scale falls off and sinks down into the deep sea, Rainbow Fish finds the courage to follow it into the great unknown, discovering a new world with wonderful sights and friendly creatures of all shapes, sizes and colors that are eager to make his acquaintance.

Opposites uses striking images from Rainbow Fish’s underwater wonderland to introduce very young children to the concept of opposites such as up/down, in/out, over/under, big/little, long/short. As a fitting finale, and story ends with the most satisfying opposite of all—give and take—as Rainbow Fish shares one of his shining scales with a friend.

Made possible with funding from Church Communities Foundation, George A. Strba Charitable Trust, Klock Foundation, Louis Greenspan Charitable Trust, Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Rhinebeck Bank, Stewarts Shops, Wells Fargo Foundation, and from the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley: Ann and Abe Effron Fund, Charlie Carroll Music Enrichment Fund, and the Ed & Barbara Joba Fund for the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. Additional support comes from the Dyson Foundation, James J. McCann Charitable Trust, Jane W. Nuhn Charitable Trust, and Jeanette F. Schlobach Charitable Trust. Special thanks to all the donors who contributed to the Field-Trip Fund. This program is also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Date & Time

Thursday, April 04 2019
10:30 am
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Schools and Members $7.00
Child $7.00/Adult $11.00

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  • Please email aborman@bardavon.org or call Adelina Borman at 845-473-5288 ext. 106 with your credit card information.
  • All patrons regardless of age must purchase admission.
  • You will receive confirmation of your purchase by email.


  • An INVOICE/CONFIRMATION will be sent by email confirming your order - please adhere to the payment guidelines and due dates.
  • Changes to the number reserved or cancellation must be made in writing 45 days prior to the event.
  • Payment is due 30 days prior to the event.
  • No refunds or exchanges will be made after the 30 day deadline. The teacher or individual making the reservation is the contact person and is responsible for assuring that payment is made by the deadline.
  • Buses will unload and load in the front of the theater.

For more information visit our School Residency Programs, or contact Adelina Borman/Director of Education (845) 473-5288 extension 106