Barn Lot Theater

Macon Graham in shown in costume for his first lead role at Barn Lot Theater. He portrays Rainbow Fish. Graham is the 9-year-old son of Clint and Emily Graham of Edmonton.

The delightful children's series of “Rainbow Fish” books by Marcus Pfister comes alive on Barn Lot Theater's stage this weekend. The theater, located on Main Street in Edmonton, will present three performances over the course of the weekend.

“We are very excited to have a functioning children's theater again. Over the last two years we've tried to reestablish one, but we could never get enough children to participate,” says Kyle Hadley, director of the show. “When we announced this year's production of 'Schoolhouse Rock” we got such a response that we knew the timing was right.”

Featuring a cast of 16 very talented children ranging in ages 4 to 13. “Rainbow Fish's” adventure teachers us important lessons about friendship, bravery and sharing. The show features three books in the Rainbow Fish series: “Rainbow Fish,” “Rainbow Fish and the Sea Monster's Cave,” and “Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale.”

“Theater is so important in young people's lives. There are so many skills they can develop that they will be beneficial as they grow up. Also, during a show they gain friendships. This social interaction is so important in developing well-rounded adults. Not to mention that it's just plain fun,” Hadley said.

While practicing for the show, children participate in team building games and learn all about theater. They are provided with opportunities to grow as actors and get the basic experience to enable them to succeed in future shows.

“Due to the response of this show, w've already set a date for October of next year to do another children's show in a similar format. We are also looking at future dates to possibly do a children's show in the spring as well,” Hadley said.

Performance for “Rainbow Fish” will be Friday. 4 at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and they may be purchased online at barnlottheater.org or by calling 270-432-2276.

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