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October 7, 2011

Live, glow in the dark musical brings sea adventure to Rose

TERRE HAUTE — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Hatfield Hall Theater will be transformed into a giant fish tank at 2:30 p.m. Sunday for the magical, musical and dazzling undersea adventure show ImaginOcean.

The family-friendly show features Tank, Bubbles and Dorsel — three best friends who just happen to be fish — as they set out on a remarkable journey of discovery through the creative genius of Tony Award-nominee John Tartaglia. He was the mastermind behind the acclaimed musical Avenue Q, was a Broadway performer in Shrek: the Musical and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and was creator/star of The Playhouse Disney series Johnny and the Sprites.

ImaginOcean was a hit on the Broadway stage and now is making its first American tour. Rose-Hulman is bringing the show to the Wabash Valley as part of the college’s Family Discovery Series.

“This is a spectacular show that will be a delight to all the senses. It will be a wonderful theatrical experience that has something for everyone,” said Bunny Nash, coordinator of Rose-Hulman’s Performing Arts Series.

ImaginOcean is a blast from the first big splash to the last wave goodbye. It all starts with a treasure map. As the three fish swim off in search of clues, they sing, dance and make new friends — including everyone in the audience. Ultimately, they discover the greatest treasure of all — friendship. The show is jam-packed with original music, ranging from swing to R&B to big band, while bubbles, water spray and fog encourage the audience’s participation.

Four creative artists bring the sea to life in a special effects show under the cover of black light.

Tank is the oldest, biggest and the engine of the inquisitive fish trio. What he may lack in eloquence, he makes up for in strength and a huge heart. No adventure is too big for him. Dorsel and Bubbles let Tank often take the lead, and they know that though he may be gruff and buff, Tank is a big softie at heart.

Dorsel, the youngest of the fish friends, looks up to Bubbles as a big sister and admires Tank for his strength. Dorsel is scared of germs, worms, jellyfish and, well, everything. He likes sanitizer and all things safe and clean. Though all of his friends go off on quite an adventure, it’s Dorsel who has the biggest journey of all, and ends up being the bravest in befriending Leonard the Octopus.

Bubbles is a fish with a big heart and huge imagination who dreams of ponies, clouds and magic. When it looks like all hope is lost in retrieving the blue medal on the journey for the treasure, it’s Bubbles and her vivid imagination that saves the day. She’s the charm and beauty of the fish trio.

Ripple the Seahorse is the captain of kelp and seaweed special units, and is the protector of Seaweed Scuttle, a stop along the journey through the sea. He takes his job very seriously, and while being small, he’s powerful, and until our three friends can prove they have “wonderful and amazing” imaginations, he’s not giving up the blue medal that the fish friends need to find the treasure.

Finally, Leonard the Octopus is the most lovable character in the show. He’s goofy and kind-hearted and excited to make his very first friend in Dorsel when they both end up lost. He’s got a very special job to do and ends up being a vital part of finding the treasure.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for youths and can be reserved and purchased by calling (812) 877-8544 or visiting the Hatfield Hall ticket office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Learn more about this special show at Information about Rose-Hulman’s Performing Arts Series can be found at

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