A family friendly program, Something Very Fishy includes a musical theater production by award-winning children’s writer Kathy Prosser, and a marine invertebrate touch tank exhibit presented by Clemson University. Featuring original music and a cast of professional actors and puppets, the story follows the lives of Sandy Carson, a young science major conducting coral transplanting research and Mr Stu Pidder, a local fisherman just trying to get by. Below the surface Boss the Great White Shark and his friends are wondering why marine life is disappearing and curious objects keep arriving. The story highlights how what we do above the surface impacts life below, and ways we can all help to sustain and improve our fragile environment.
After the show, come roll up your sleeves and get your hands wet. Meet more stars beneath the waves as Clemson University Creative Inquiry students share a menagerie of live marine animals and stories of their research adventures in the Florida Keys. Pet a sea urchin, thumb wrestle a crab, and go on a virtual dive to an amazing coral reef.
In the 2 weeks leading up to this one and only public performance, over 2700 students from 21 local schools will have participated in this unique Educational Entertainment event. While the primary purpose of the program is to educate elementary students and inspire them to consider career pathways in STEAM fields, the messages are universal and the event will delight and engage people of all ages.