The Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center continues the expansion of its youth and educational mission with a very special Kid’s “Swah-Ray” performance for children and families on Sunday, August 6th from 4pm to 6pm at St. Michael’s Country Day School Lawn, featuring Tim Johnson, Storyteller and Puppeteer.

This special event features the talented Mr. Johnson performing the heartwarming story of “The Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of its publication this year. Its powerful message of sharing and caring has found its way into children’s hearts and onto their bookshelves and exemplifies the Opera House Theater’s educational mission.

Bring children, family and friends for a magical, engaging performance!

Children will also enjoy Rainbow Fish-inspired craft activities, courtesy of Island Art Spot of Middletown, R.I., and have access to St. Michael’s playground, making for a full afternoon of summer fun.

This event is free and open to the public. Children and families are invited to attend on Sunday, August 6th from 4 pm to 6 pm for this special performance! If you would like to attend please RSVP by e-mailing

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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