The show incorporates spectacular puppetry, magical lighting and a beautiful soundtrack which features a mix of classical music and immersive soundscape.
“Aquarium” takes its audience on a journey to the bottom of a prehistoric ocean and back again, experiencing ancient and incredible creatures along the way. The show starts as the audience enters the theatre and downstage is a large viewing window that looks into the tank.
A metal door, to the right of the viewing window, opens and 6 children in diving helmets accompanied by one of the show’s hosts (a marine biologist called Catherine), come through the door and are ushered to 6 seats that have been reserved for them down in the front of the audience.
A second host joins Catherine. He very enthusiastically announces the grand opening of Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium. They discuss the earliest creatures on the fossil record and how they crawled about on the floor of the ocean realizing that the audience can’t see them and Drew’s solution is to take a child from the audience and accompany them into the tank while Catherine talks about the creatures,
Catherine and Drew discuss other creatures as they appear swimming about in the tank, ancient fish, prehistoric predators, early amphibians. Drew is always excited and gets his facts wrong while Catherine is always patient with him correcting him when needed, their relationship is very much based on the classic comedy routine of the straight man/funny man, like dean martin and Jerry Lewis.
Eventually, it is realized that Drew has put all the creatures into the same tank, which could be very dangerous and that 3 baby plesiosaurs are at great risk because they are in the tank alone having been separated from their mother. Catherine calls upon her interns and takes them into the tank to round up all the creatures and make everything right. The stage gets filled with bubbles and the children frolic in the bubbles with the free babies. Allowing the creatures to be free is better than keeping them captive. Catherine announces to the children that they should keep swimming with the plesiosaurs and go on another adventure.
Immediate access parking is FREE at the Niswonger. Lots are located to the North and South of the venue. Handicap parking is available to the East of the facility immediately outside of the main entrance.
All areas of the Niswonger and certain seating areas are accessible by wheelchair. Please notify the Box Office (419-238-NPAC) at the time of ticket purchase so that a platform for companion seating is reserved. Please ask the ushers for assistance to be seated. All entrances from the parking lots have ramps and are at sidewalk level. A wheelchair-accessible elevator serves both levels of the Niswonger providing both the lower and upper lobby and auditorium. All restroom facilities offer handicap accessibility and a larger family restroom is available on the upper lobby level. There are a limited number of handicap accessible parking spaces available in the front of the facility and in both the North and South campus parking lots. These are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Niswonger also has assisted listening devices provided by the Van Wert Service Club. Please contact the Box Office for details: 419-238-NPAC.
Alert the Facilities Manager of any special considerations. The Niswonger Staff is ready to assist with entry to and from the show. Please contact the Box Office in advance at 419-238-6722 or [email protected].
Advanced event ticketing, a 10% discount and a driver comp ticket are available for groups of 10 or more. Arrangements must be made through Jerry Beard, Box Office Manager, 419-238-6722 or [email protected].
Electronic Devices & Camera Policy
Please or silence all electronic devices when the house lights go down for the performance. We welcome you to access social media to share your experience during intermission or after the performance. The use of cameras, audio recording devices and video recording devices is prohibited at performances at the INB PAC. The use of professional lenses and flash photography is strictly prohibited. Flash photography may distract the performer and cause injury.
There are no age restrictions for this family show. Children three and under are granted admission without a ticket so long as they are held by an adult ticket-holder. The VWAPAF reserves the right to preclude the attendance of children under the age of 5 years determined by the nature of the performance. Guardians will be asked to remove their child/children if they cause disruptions for other ticket-holders during a performance.