Youth Play At This Year's Herring Run and Paddle

"WHEN FISH RUN: The Story of a Small Fry" is an original play (with music) written by children from the Mystic Learning Center in Somerville. It will be performed at the MyRWA's Annual Herring Run and Paddle to celebrate the return of the alewife and blueback herring fish to the Mystic River and Lakes. The show will be performed on SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. in front of the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse.

The play is about a small herring, named Alberto, who misses the annual herring migration to the ocean because of a terrible storm that separates him from his friends. In order to survive, he is forced to become part of the evil Bass King's gang. (Note: Bass eat herring!) When the herring return in the spring to the Mystic River, they think that Alberto has betrayed them by joining the Bass Gang. Alberto thinks he was left behind because he wasn't strong enough to make the migration. Both are very wrong! And when it becomes apparent that the Bass King's evil ways threaten all of the Mystic, Alberto and his best friend, Beatriz, journey beyond the giant fish ladder to seek advice from a wise creature that no one has seen for over 200 years! Come find out how Alberto and Beatriz save the Mystic River in  "WHEN FISH RUN: The Story of a Small Fry."

"WHEN FISH RUN: The Story of a Small Fry" was produced by Wild Tales with a grant from the Somerville Arts Council. Wild Tales is a free program for all children ages 6 - 12 that teaches youth about urban ecology through creative play.