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musical theatre 
virtual reality missions 
arts workbooks 
science notebooks 
NASA certificate 

The coolest in-school field trip this Fall

Scientists, artists, communicators and educators working together.

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Proudly supported by the SC Arts Commission, the SC SeaGrant Consortium, and Puffin West Foundation Ltd., the Something Very Fishy Musical Theatre Science Outreach STEAM Program is bringing the ocean to elementary and primary students across the globe.

This collaborative effort between Educational Entertainment LLC, Clemson University Department of Biological Sciences, and Temple University Klein College of Media & Communication, combines a musical theatre production, underwater virtual reality experiences, and student workbooks in line with state science standards,  as a comprehensive IN-SCHOOL FIELD TRIP.

The apolitical musical theatre production portrays the key challenges faced by our oceans today and how the ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected.

 

The audience follows Sandy Carson, a young marine biologist conducting coral transplanting research and her arch nemesis Mr. Pidder, an amateur fisherman with little regard for the marine environment. Featuring a cast of underwater puppet characters, Something Very Fishy highlights how everything we do above the surface impacts life below.

In addition to the live performance, schools may elect to participate in the Something Very Fishy Aquanaut Training Program where students* experience a 50 minute virtual reality Aquanaut Training Mission led by scientists from Clemson University. Using a combination of 2D and 360 format underwater videos, children will be inspired to ask questions, investigate issues, collect data from virtual dives, develop a plan to save a coral reef and  document their missions.

Your missions should you choose to accept them are:

•    Mission 1: Investigate Why Corals are Dying

•    Mission 2: Explore What We Can Do to Help the Corals

•    Mission 3: Transplant Super Corals and Restore the Reef

Teachers will receive a full classroom set of SVF WorkbooksSVF Mission Notebooks to use throughout the program.

Students completing all missions will receive an official NASA Citizen Scientist Aquanaut Certificate!

Our Team

Kathy Prosser - the artist

Program Creator & Producer at Educational Entertainment LLC

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I am an independent and commissioned songwriter, musician, playwright and founder of Educational Entertainment LLC (USA) and Possum Music (Australia). We create and deliver educational music and musical productions for corporations, schools, community organizations, businesses and individuals in USA and across Australia.

 

Twice Australia's Children's Songwriter of the Year, my work centers around issues of global environmental, historical and social importance. Most people experience song lyrics they can recall from childhood, and having played piano from age 5, I am passionate about the immense power of learning through music.

I have released 4 independent children's music albums under the stage name 'Kathy Possum' and delivered over 800 collective performances of self-penned musical productions 'Something Very Fishy', 'The Country Life', 'Diggin' History', 'The Magic Circle' and 'Exploring Australia'.

I  am very proud of the work I do and strive to contribute to a peaceful and sustainable planet through sharing my gifts with the next generation and their communities. 

Dr. Michael Childress - the scientist

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Clemson University

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I am an evolutionary behavioral ecologist studying the impact of climate change and behavioral adaptations in marine animals. My teaching and research focuses on understanding the impact of habitat loss on the conservation of marine communities. I enjoy training graduate students, undergraduate students and teachers in the methods of experimental marine ecology. 

 

At 8 years of age my elementary teacher took our class on a field trip to the aquarium. That was the day I decided to be a marine scientist! I know firsthand how field trips like Something Very Fishy can influence career choices among elementary students and as such, I am thrilled to introduce the ocean to the next generation of marine scientists and stewards of our oceans!

Dr. Meghnna Tallapragada - the communicator

Assistant Professor at Temple University Klein College of Media and Communication

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I have a PhD in Communication from Cornell University, an MS in Communication from North Carolina State University, and a BE in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from CBIT, India. I am passionate about combining my background as an engineer and a strategic science communication scholar. Through research I strive to bring science and technology closer to people.

 

My work has been published in journals including Science Communication, Public Understanding of Science, Science and Engineering Ethics, Communication Education, and Public Relations Review. As a teacher, I strive to maintain a safe and inclusive space for students so they can develop into creative thinkers who can, not only help solve current public relations dilemmas but also, feel empowered to better their individual selves.

I am excited to be part of the Something Very Fishy assessment process and evidencing how informal learning environments, particularly performing arts can educate students about science.

SVF Clemson Creative Inquiry - the future

Clemson University, Biological Sciences

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Our diverse group of undergraduates in Clemson University's Something Very Fishy Creative Inquiry team are responsible for developing and delivering the unique Something Very Fishy Aquanaut Training Program.

 

By bringing education, biology and environmental science majors and elementary students together, young students meet and interact with many people actively helping our oceans and learn many ways to contribute. 

2020 Cast and Crew - the talent

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ELANA PURVIS

SANDY CARSON

A sophomore at Palmetto High School, Elana is already a 9 year veteran to musical theatre with her sights set firmly on Broadway! We believe she will do it...

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JULIE EDWARDS

OCTAVIA THE OCTOPUS

A USC Theatre graduate, former Disney Princess, and last year's Narrator, Julie has propelled herself into the role of the slinky octopod.

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SARAH POWELL

SUNNY THE SEAL

This is Sarah's 19 theatrical production and she is just 15 years old! Sarah knows Sunny well - last year the role was played by her brother Elijah!

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SARAH DUVALL

MR STU PIDDER

Former Media Specialist at Keowee Elementary, storyteller, motivational speaker, and queen of comedy theatre, the stage is Sarah's second home.

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JOHN FALLON

BOSS The Great White Shark

and MUSIC DIRECTOR

We loved him so much last year he is back even more Bossier than ever! Choral Director for 40 years, John is now wielding his baton as our Music Director. 

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JORDAN HARBIN

REPORTER

Illustrator, writer, photographer, and voice actor. Is there anything this multi-talented man can't do? Jordan's bass-baritone voice is like butter on warm toast. 

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CASH GASKILL

CHILD

Big things come in small packages and this 5th grader at Hunt Meadows Elementary is no exception. Cash is an absolute dynamo that all children will relate to. This is her 3rd year in theatre.

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JJ PEARSON

DIRECTOR

Last year's Mr Pidder, graduate of NGU's Theatre program, tutor and magician, JJ is bringing his magic to this year's production as our Director.

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EMERY POWELL

STAGE MANGER

From a theatre family, Emery is more at home behind the curtains than in front of them. At only 15, she has already been stage managing for 3 years!

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CARRIE TIDWELL

CHOREOGRAPHER

Owner of Sterling Studio of Performing Arts and resident choreographer for the Misfit Theatre Company, Carrie has been dancing for 30 years and teaching for 25!

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SAM EYLOR

MOTHER

Holding a BA in Musical Theatre from Marywood University, Sam has performed numerous shows across America.

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NATE WARRICK

VETERINARIAN

Holding a degree in Radio and Television Broadcasting from Bob Jones University, Nate recently made his debut in the world of acting. 

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HANNAH DOVER

CAMERA PERSON

At 15 years of age, Hannah is excited to be in her first big production after attending several theatre camps. 

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DONNE KEY

MAILMAN

Donna has appeared in several TV shows and a recent webcast zombie series! This will be her first time on the theatrical stage.