2021 Student Performance Rainbow Fish Musical On Demand!

Rainbow Fish Musical

News Release

For Immediate Release:
Date: March 9, 2021

For more information contact:

Arts & Humanities Division
P.O. Box 1054
Lawton, OK 73501
Tel: (580) 581-3470 or (580) 581-3471
Web: www.lawtonok.gov

No Theatre? No Problem. Student Performance Goes Virtual with The Rainbow Fish

Lawton Arts & Humanities Council invites the community to join them for a magical, colorful world of the deep blue sea as they present the children’s play, “The Rainbow Fish Musical,” for their annual spring children theatre performance. The production is produced by Lawton Community Theatre and volunteer actors. Despite the challenges caused by the current health pandemic, the show will go online! The 2021 student performance is recorded and available on demand for free to the entire community from March 24 through April 2. In past years, thousands of families and elementary school-age students would attend the McMahon Auditorium for the annual live theatre performance. “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools are not allowing field trips, and the city auditorium is closed to live performances; we felt it was important to do a virtual performance and share it with the rest of the community,” said Arts Coordinator Michael Leal. Normally, students were required to pay a couple of dollars for admission, but this year the show will be free to view online.

How to Watch

The show is viewable on demand for free from Wednesday, March 24 through Friday, April 2, 2021. The website to watch this high definition recording is: www.lawtoncommunitytheatre.com. The show can be watched anytime during the specific dates. The show is approximately 50 minutes in length, perfect for the younger audience.After viewing the show, we are asking the adults to give us feedback which can be done online at www.lawtoncommunitytheatre.com. The feedback is important for planning future cultural programs.

About the show: come visit us beneath the ocean in our Kingdom of Coral

Everybody loves the international bestseller, and award-winning book, “The Rainbow Fish,” with his wonderful message of friendship, and belonging. With shiny, multi-colored scales, Rainbow Fish is the most beautiful fish in all the ocean and the only one of its kind. But when Rainbow Fish refuses to share his vibrant, shimmering scales, the whole ocean seems to turn against the vain creature. Unhappy that no one adores him anymore, the Rainbow Fish seeks out the wise Octopus, who helps him learn that it is far better to be admired for being kind than for being beautiful. The universal message at the heart of this delightful musical becomes much more than just a simple children’s story. With a dynamic cast and fun, fishy wordplay, this well-crafted, musical play for young audiences teaches that the joy of beauty is in sharing it with others.

Adapted from the book by Marcus Pfister, translated into English by J. Alison James, with illustrations by Marcus Pfister. “The Rainbow Fish Musical” is an exciting family-friendly show, perfect for both adults and children.

“The Rainbow Fish Musical” production is supported in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Oklahoma and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from Lawton Community Theatre, the City of Lawton, the McMahon Auditorium Authority, and the Lawton Arts & Humanities Council.

Cast and Crew Members

  • Rainbow Fish             Huntley Kreutziger
  • Little Fish                   Cassie Magrath
  • Starfish                       Anistyn Abshere
  • Octopus                      Julianne Thomas
  • Puffer Fish                 Cooper Painter
  • Clown Fish                 Emeri Golden
  • Mrs. Minnow             Jasmine Glenn
  • Hermit Crab              Brinkley Caudill
  • Sardine                       Madelyn McBride
  • Guppy                        Lyla Keys
  • Jelly Fish                    Courtney Crist
  • Guppy                        Lexie Alexander
  • Jellyfish                      Hailee Jones
  • Guppy                        Raylea Coggburn
  • Jellyfish                      Cardin Taylor
  • Guppy                        Amiah Greenlief
  • Director                      Mikki Hankins
  • Musical Directors      Martha McCartney & Marsha Thomas

About Lawton Arts & Humanities Division

The Lawton Arts & Humanities Division supports the cultural endeavors of the City of Lawton by providing resources and outreach to area organizations and individuals. The division manages the McMahon Memorial Auditorium and is part of the Parks and Recreation Department. Also, assistance is provided to various boards and trusts within the City of Lawton to include the Lawton Arts & Humanities Council and the McMahon Auditorium Authority. The Division coordinates the annual Freedom Festival, the International Festival, and other special events for the community. The office also serves as the point of contact for film, music, and video production support requests. More information is available at www.lawtonok.gov/departments/arts-and-humanities.

About Lawton Community Theatre

Lawton Community Theatre is the longest continually running community theater in the state of Oklahoma. LCT has produced high-quality theater productions since 1952 with a mission to promote live theater and enrich the quality of life in Southwest Oklahoma. More information about LCT can be found on its website, www.lawtoncommunitytheatre.com.

About Oklahoma Arts Council

The Oklahoma Arts Council is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts. The mission of the agency is to lead in the advancement of the thriving arts industry in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Arts Council provides approximately 500 grants to almost 250 organizations in communities statewide each year, organizes professional development opportunities for the state’s arts and cultural industry, and manages hundreds of works of art in the public spaces of the state Capitol. Additional information is available at arts.ok.gov.


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