“John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean” Is a Glow-in-the-Dark Puppet Musical from the Creator of “Avenue Q”

"John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean" plays The Carolina Theatre at 6 p.m. on Nov. 15th
"John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean" plays The Carolina Theatre at 6 p.m. on Nov. 15th

The Carolina Theatre will present John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean, a new black-light puppet musical from the creator of Avenue Q (2003), at 6 p.m. on Nov. 15th in 1,016-seat Fletcher Hall at The Carolina Theatre in downtown Durham, NC.

According to the ImaginOcean website:

“Tony-Award nominee John Tartaglia starred in the acclaimed musical Avenue Q, appeared on Broadway in Shrek The Musical [2008], and in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast [1994], and created and starred in The Playhouse Disney series ‘Johnny and the Sprites.’ Now, he has grown some creative gills as well, with the production of John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean.

“A one-of-a-kind live black-light puppet show, John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean is a magical undersea adventure for kids of all ages. Tank, Bubbles, and Dorsel [are] three best friends who just happen to be fish; and they’re about to set out on a remarkable journey of discovery. And it all starts with a treasure map. As they swim off in search of clues, they’ll sing, they’ll dance, and they’ll make new friends, including everyone in the audience. Ultimately they discover the greatest treasure of all: friendship.

“Jam-packed with music ranging from swing to R&B to Big Band, John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean is a blast from the first big splash to the last wave goodbye.”

The Carolina Theatre presents JOHN TARTAGLIA’S IMAGINOCEAN at 6 p.m. on Nov. 15th in Fletcher Hall at The Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan, St., Durham, North Carolina 27701.

TICKETS: $22-$26.15 (including fees).


Carolina Theatre Box Office: 888/241-8162, 919/560-3030, or http://www.carolinatheatre.org/tickets.

Ticketmaster: 800/745-3000 or http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/114779/1574845.

SHOW: http://www.carolinatheatre.org/events/john-tartaglias-imaginocean-0.

VIDEO PREVIEW: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adKOeb5TVFk&feature=player_embedded.

BLOG: http://oceanfriends.tumblr.com/.

PRESENTER: http://www.carolinatheatre.org/.

VENUE: http://www.carolinatheatre.org/about-us/venue-descriptions.

DIRECTIONS/PARKING: http://www.carolinatheatre.org/directions.


The Musical: http://www.imaginoceanthemusical.com/ (official website).


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By Robert W. McDowell

Robert W. McDowell is a Raleigh, NC-based freelance writer, editor, and critic. He has written theater, film, book, and music previews and reviews for The News & Observer, The Raleigh Times, Spectator Magazine, and Classical Voice of North Carolina, all based in Raleigh. In 1980-91, he covered business, industry, government, and education for (We the People of) North Carolina magazine, published monthly by N.C. Citizens for Business and Industry. In April 2001, McDowell started Robert's Reviews, a FREE weekly e-mail newsletter that provides comprehensive, in-depth coverage of the performing arts in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, which includes Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro. Triangle Review is the latest-and-greatest version of McDowell's original newsletter. (To start your FREE subscription, e-mail robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE TR in the Subject: line.) From December 1980 until September 2017, McDowell served on the board of directors of The Cinema, Inc., a Raleigh-based nonprofit film society formed in 1966. He currently publishes a weekly list of FREE advance screenings of movies in the Triangle area. (To have your e-mail address added to this FREE list, e-mail robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE FFL FREE in the Subject: line.) McDowell also co-edited and supervised the production of Jim Valvano's Guide to Great Eating (JTV Enterprises, 1984), a 224-page sports celebrity cookbook; and he served as a fact checker for Valvano: They Gave Me a Lifetime Contract, and Then They Declared Me Dead (Pocket Books, 1991).