Kids invited to ‘Pet the Fish’ at Chemainus Theatre Festival

Chemainus Theatre Festival’s annual summer Kidzplay series continues with Mark DuMez’s Pet the Fish and Other Impossible Tales

Chemainus Theatre Festival’s annual summer Kidzplay series continues with Mark DuMez’s Pet the Fish and Other Impossible Tales from July 16 to Aug. 13.

This fantasy adventure is aimed at families with children aged four and over and offers the chance for kids to experience live theatre. DuMez was inspired to write the play by a trip to a gift shop with his young daughter. It was last seen at Chemainus Theatre in 2004.

The play takes children along with Josephine, who loves to dream.

She remembers a time long ago when her mother told fantastic stories about life under the sea and shared her dreams.

But, those happy, hopeful days have been lost, so Josephine goes off to find them, with her unwilling brother in tow to help.

The pair set out on a journey that magically transforms their lives. Their impossible tale takes them to a talking oyster, a riddling troll, and out to sea to catch the Big One. The audience can help them make it back home in time to dream again.

Newcomers Lindsay Curl and John Han play Josephine and Jonathan, respectively. Stefano Giulianetti, previously seen at Chemainus Theatre Festival in Animal Tales and Munsch Ado About Nothing, returns to play Poseidon.

Working with Samantha Currie on this production of Pet the Fish and Other Impossible Tales are set designer Kevin McAllister, costume designer Kendra Cooper, sound designer Alexander Ferguson, lighting designer Nicole Lamb and stage manager Breanne Harmon.

Showtime is 11 a.m.

Tickets are $12 each. Or buy a family pack: buy three get one free. You can now reserve your seats in advance for KidzPlays. Book online at chemainustheatre.ca or call the box office now to book your tickets (1-800-565-7738).