LIMA — Things are gearing up at Veterans Memorial Civic Center for audiences of all ages and interests.
This week the Civic Center will host an adapted version of children’s book “The Rainbow Fish” and Broadway musical “The King and I.”
Abe Ambroza, chief executive officer of the Civic Center, said they are proud to bring such a variety of performances to the stages of Lima.
“That’s one of the biggest reasons we exist is to be able to serve the entire region, this whole community,” he said. “Everyone has different tastes, different wants and different likes, and we feel it is our responsibility to try to bring as much of that as we possibly can to the community by trying to book diverse shows in Crouse Hall, by trying to keep the exhibit hall a functional space that is desirable for a variety of different events as well.”
Though “The Rainbow Fish” does have a very specific audience, that is part of the intent of the program, Ambroza explained.
“This show is a lot of fun. It’s a pretty simple set but they have a lot of fun with some black lights, puppetry and things like that,” he said. “One of our favorite things about doing children’s programming is finding that way for parents to introduce their kids to live theater. Just randomly taking a kid to Broadway performance can be daunting sometimes, but bringing them to a family program like this can help so that when they’re 6, 7, 8, taking them to a show like the ‘The King and I’ is easier.”
“The King and I” has been scheduled for Wednesday night, but that was a trade off the Civic Center Foundation made to bring a Broadway production at an affordable cost.
“Anytime we can bring a touring Broadway show like this to Lima is always something we are very proud of,” Ambroza said. “It’s a beautiful adaptation that’s just been getting great reviews everywhere it goes.”
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