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John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean: A Magical Undersea Adventure for Kids of All Ages

October 9, 2012

BENTON TOWNSHIP, MI – Dorsel, Tank, Bubbles, and the rest of the cast of the Drama Desk Award nominated show John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean are coming to the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center Mainstage on Sunday, November 4,  at 2 p.m.

ImaginOcean is a one-of-a-kind, innovative glow-in-the-dark musical that opened in New York in March 2010 and began its U.S. tour in September 2011. The 50-minute production features extraordinary puppets, memorable original songs, and a heartwarming journey of discovery by three loveable fish named Tank, Bubbles, and Dorsel who take the audience on their singing, bubbling, jiving adventure, making friends along the way.

John Tartaglia, creator and co-producer of the show said, “The reaction has been amazing. We had great audiences Off-Broadway but we had no idea that the show would be so loved by families and schools all across the country, let alone the amazing international response we have gotten. Seeing ImaginOcean play in Singapore and Guatemala was thrilling.”

ImaginOcean is the brain child of Tartaglia, known to parents and kids for his Tony Award nominated portrayals of Rod/Princeton in the original Broadway cast of Avenue Q and his critically acclaimed Disney Channel show Johnny and the Sprites, for which he received an Emmy Award nomination. Tartaglia is not only the creator and writer of ImaginOcean, he is also the voice of five of its characters.

The music for John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean was composed by William Wade. The show is produced by Jellyfish Jive Productions.

The appearance at the Mendel Center is part of a tour that will take the critically acclaimed show to 40 U.S. cities and to Sydney, Australia, for a month-long series of performances at the Sydney Opera House.

Tickets for ImaginOcean are available by calling the LMC Mendel Center Box Office at (269) 927-1221 or visiting Students (kindergarten through college) and seniors (60 and older) receive $3 off single-ticket prices. 

ImaginOcean is also one of three shows that make up the Discovery Series of children’s performances this season at the Mendel Center. Tickets for the Discovery Series are just $36 for three shows that include ImaginOcean, How I Became a Pirate on February 9, and The Velveteen Rabbit on Saturday, March 23. Discovery Series tickets must be purchased directly through the Box Office at (269) 927-1221.

Groups of 20 or more receive $5 off ticket prices. For further information about group rates and special arrangements, contact Quinn Tabbert at (269) 927-8609 or

Meijer, The Coast 98.3, and Off the Water are sponsoring the LMC Mendel Center performance of ImaginOcean.


The 1,517-seat Mendel Center Mainstage Theatre offers state-of-the-art acoustics and comfortable seating in elegant surroundings. It is located 30-minutes from Niles and 40-minutes from Kalamazoo and South Bend on the Lake Michigan College Napier Avenue Campus in Benton Township, Michigan, one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24).

The Mendel Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and one hour before show time. Tickets can be purchased in person, by phone at (269) 927-1221, or online at

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