“NUGGET & FANG,” a fishy tale about friendship, will perform for local school students Oct. 9 at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. The musical, part of the School Day Performances series, is geared toward kids in preschool through third grade. (Photo provided)

ArtsPower National Touring Theatre will swim into the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, Oct. 9, for two performances of “Nugget & Fang,” about a minnow and shark who get along swimmingly.

The musical kicks off the School Day Performances series. Shows start at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and are geared toward kids in preschool through third grade. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Marathon Center box office, 200 W. Main Cross St., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays or one hour before showtime; by phone at 419-423-2787; or online at www.marathoncenterarts.org

Based on the children’s book written by Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Michael Slack, the script and lyrics were written by Greg Gunning with music by Richard DeRosa.

The main characters, Nugget the minnow and Fang the shark, are best friends that spend most of their time with one another until Nugget’s first day at Miss Mini’s Minnow School, where Nugget learns that minnows are supposed to be afraid of sharks because they are scary and like to eat other fish.

Although Nugget knows Fang would never hurt another fish, his teachers and fellow students are certain that Fang is not to be trusted.

The tide turns when Fang sees Nugget and his minnow friends caught in a fisherman’s net, giving him an opportunity to save the day.

Based in New Jersey and New York, ArtsPower was founded in 1985 by identical twin brothers Gary and Mark Blackman, who were jazz musicians and resident artists with a commitment to educating children about jazz music.

Performing for kindergartners through ninth-graders, ArtsPower’s 30 musicals and dramas have reached than 13 million children and adults in first-run regional theatres, cultural centers, university auditoriums and schools throughout 49 states and the District of Columbia.

The theatre has worked closely with a number of acclaimed authors, including Judy Blume, Lois Lowry, Paula Danziger, E.L. Konigsburg and Patricia Reilly Giff in creating one-hour, one-act productions based on their award-winning books for young readers.

Each production is supported with comprehensive study guides that help teachers integrate the subject matter and themes of the productions into their classroom lessons and discussions.

To download a study guide, visit the “Nugget and Fang” page on the Marathon Center’s website or visit https://artspower.org

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