The Rainbow Fish Musical | 2022-2023 Productions : The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

The Penguin Project production of The Rainbow Fish Musical

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March 3 - March 12, 2023

Produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., Denver, Colorado.

Youth Theatre Musical - A Penguin Project Production

With shiny, multi-colored scales, Rainbow Fish is the most beautiful fish in all of the ocean, and the only one of their kind. When Rainbow Fish refuses to share their vibrant, shimmering scales, the whole ocean seems to turn against the vain creature. Unhappy that no one adores them anymore, the Rainbow Fish seeks out the wise Octopus, who helps the fish learn that it's far better to be admired for being kind than for being beautiful.

"With lovely original music composed by Belinda Foo tying everything together, the overall result is a winning production that's highly pleasing to the eyes and ears and the mind."

Rating: Recommended for Family Audiences


Established in 2004, Penguin Project gives youth and young adults with special needs the opportunity to participate in the community theatre experience. The Penguin Project is open to any individual ages 9 to 26 with a disability. This includes those with cognitive, learning, motor, hearing and visual impairments as well as genetic and neurological disorders. They are joined on stage by a dedicated group of "peer mentors" - youth the same age without disabilities who have volunteered to work side-by-side with the artists throughout the entire rehearsal and performance process.

The program provides a supportive environment for children with disabilities to explore their creative talents. It has also demonstrated that participation in the performing arts has therapeutic value by enhancing social interaction, communication skills, self-confidence and self-esteem. The impact of the program has reached beyond the stage to create a social network for children who previously had very few friends and limited social opportunities.