Rainbow Fish – Program

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Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia presents
2017 Premiere

Author/Illustrator: Marcus Pfister
Director/Production Designer: Jim Morrow
Composer: Steven Naylor
Narrator: Deborah Allen
Associate Designers: Struan Robertson, Deborah MacLean
Scenic Painter: Sarah Haydon Roy
Stage Manager: Don Brownrigg
Performers: Simon Rainville, Michael Venn

Adapted with permission.
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister™ ©1992 North South Books, Inc.
Licensed by RJM Licensing, Inc. NorthSouth Books, Inc. – www.northsouth.com

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Province of Nova Scotia. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia is a member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres and engages professional Artists who are members of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the terms of the Canadian Theatre Agreement.


About Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia ranks among North America’s most respected theatres for the young, and plays an important ambassadorial role for Nova Scotia and for Canada. The company regularly crosses the continent, and has represented Canada in the United States, Japan, Mexico, Australia, England, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Holland, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Vietnam, South Korea and Taiwan, Bahrain, and the People’s Republic of China. Mermaid Theatre has earned Export Excellence awards from both the Governments of Canada and of Nova Scotia. Based in the Town of Windsor, Mermaid has performed for more than 5.5 million spectators on four continents. The company was founded in 1972.

About our Production
The first of three tales introduces the most beautiful fish in the sea, whose scales shimmer in all the colours of the rainbow. He is admired – and resented – by the entire underwater world, until a clever octopus advises him to give each fish one of his scales. Further adventures follow as The Rainbow Fish finds the courage to explore the great unknown deep sea, discovering a new world with wonderful sights and friendly creatures of all shapes, sizes and colours who are eager to make his acquaintance. The underworld wonderland is the setting for an introduction to the concept of opposites.  As a fitting finale, the story ends with the most satisfying opposite of all—give and take—as Rainbow Fish shares one of his shining scales with a friend.


Marcus Pfister, Author/Illustrator
Marcus was born in 1960 in Bern, Switzerland, where he attended art school and trained as a graphic designer before turning to the creation of innovative children’s literature.  Published in 1992, The Rainbow Fish took the bestseller lists by storm. Now celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary, more than thirty million copies have been sold worldwide in different formats, appearing in over fifty different languages.

About the Creative Team

Jim Morrow, Director/Production Designer
Jim creates puppets for stage, television and film. He’s directed numerous shows for the Theatre, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites; Leo Lionni’s Swimmy, Frederick, Inch by Inch; Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny as well as designed many others. A gifted performer, Jim has toured extensively in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan. He serves as director of puppetry for Symphony Nova Scotia’s production of The Nutcracker, and frequently conducts master classes in puppetry in North America and abroad. Jim is Mermaid Theatre’s Artistic Director.

Steven Naylor, Composer
Steven has created the music for more than a dozen Mermaid shows, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favourites; Stella, Queen of the Snow; Swimmy, Frederick, and Inch by Inch; Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny and many others. His many other professional activities include original film and television scores; contemporary music composition and performance; university teaching and curriculum development; and a long-term international involvement with electroacoustic concert music. Steven is Mermaid Theatre’s Artistic Advisor for Music and Sound Design.

Deborah Allen, Narrator
Deborah began her theatrical career in Halifax, NS as Neptune Theatre’s first apprentice in 1965. Since then she has made a successful career as an actor, director, producer, radio broadcaster and voice specialist. Deb toured with Mermaid Theatre’s production of The Journey in 1974, which played to First Nations communities throughout Nova Scotia. Since that time she has had extensive experience in theatre, film, television and radio. Deb has lent her voice to countless documentaries for the National Film Board, TVO, commercials and museum installations. Among her very favorite narrations would have to be for those little people in her family.

About the Company
Don Brownrigg, Stage Manager
Don Brownrigg is a multi-award nominated musician, event planner, and theatre professional based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He was the director of Neither Love Letters Nor Moonlight (2015), associate producer, production manager and stage manager of Mass (2014), and played the character Captain MacKenzie in Law & Order: Musical Victims Unit (2013). Don joined Mermaid Theatre in 2016, and has now traveled with the company to China, Japan and Singapore.

Simon Rainville, Performer
Simon hails from Ontario, where he was born in Toronto and raised in Ottawa. Since graduating Ryerson University in 2003 he has travelled to Armstrong, BC to work with The Caravan Farm Theatre; to Newmarket, ON working with Resurgence; and to Halifax, NS, to work with Shakespeare By The Sea. He discovered puppetry and Mermaid in 2013, where he completed training with the Mermaid Institute of Puppetry Arts in the spring and joined the company in the fall.

Michael Venn, Performer
Michael is a graduate of the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College theatre program in Corner Brook, NL. It was there that he earned the Andre Noble Award for outstanding achievement as well as a BFA in Acting. Always striving to improve his craft, Michael went on to train as a circus performer at the Academy of Circus Arts in the UK and has entertained audiences all over England, Italy, Canada and the U.S. Michael completed Mermaid Theatre’s Institute of Puppetry Arts training program in 2015 and joined the company as a touring performer shortly thereafter.


Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia Staff

Artistic Director: Jim Morrow
General Manager: Danny Everson
Administrator: Cathy White
Public Affairs Consultant: Sara Lee Lewis
Office & Tour Coordinator: Jason Tucker
Production Manager: Deborah MacLean
Production Associate & Workshop Coordinator: Struan Robertson
Technical Director: Michael Jamieson
Artistic Advisor for Music and Sound Design: Steven Naylor
Seamstress: Sarah Harvey Hart
Production Associates: Rosie Browning, Tony Gallant


Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia is represented by:

Toronto, Ontario
tel: 416 971 4836
fax: 416 971 4841
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For general information, please contact:
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
P.O. Box 2697
Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada B0N 2T0
tel: 902 798 5841
fax: 902 798 3311
email: puppets@mermaidtheatre.ca
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