Bringing an International Publishing Phenomenon to Life on Stage: How puppets, blacklights and colour will take us to an enchantment under the sea


Bringing a beloved book to the stage is always a challenge, especially when it means so much to so many.

Published in 1992, Marcus Pfister’s The Rainbow Fish quickly shot up bestseller lists around the world, sold over 30 million copies in more than 50 languages, and was followed by Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea and Opposites.

Winner of countless international publishing awards, the message of The Rainbow Fish series has resonated with children, parents, teachers, librarians, and booksellers around the world for over 25 years with award-winning tales of opposites, friendship, responsible decision making, and building relationships.

No stranger to bringing children’s works to life, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s innovative blend of puppetry, movement, music and storytelling has become their trademark. With shows based on the books The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Goodnight Moon, and Guess How Much I Love You currently on tour, this original stage adaptation of The Rainbow Fish was a natural progression in Mermaid Theatres’ body of work for children and family audiences.

Black light will create an other-worldly appearance, illuminating the fluorescent characters and scenery while their black-clad operators manipulate them to float, swim, grow, play, and more to the engaging, custom music score by composer Steven Naylor.

The story’s narration was recorded by the famous team, drama coach Linda Wonneberger and her Tony-award-winning daughter, Laura Benanti.

The ACT Arts Centre presents internationally acclaimed Mermaid Theater of Nova Scotia’s The Rainbow Fish on Saturday, September 28 at 3:00pm in what is sure to enchant the youngest child and the child in all of us.

For tickets to this family event, please visit or call the Ticket Centre at 604-476-2787 or shop online at Tickets: Adult $20, Child $10. A Family Pack for two adults and two children is available for $54 (by phone or in-person only).

Come early and take part in some family-friendly ‘fishy fun’ activities in the lobby from 11am to 3pm.