The Off-Broadway, Drama Desk-nominated hit show John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean has a soft spot for New Jersey. This month, the cast will make appearances and perform live at two New Jersey fairs and, in other Jersey news, the producers of the show have just announced that Casey Bartholomew, the co-host of NJ101.5 “The Jersey Guys” radio show, will join the cast later this year.

Top rated DJ Bartholomew will provide the voice for a new puppet named Ryan Starcrest, ImaginOcean’s holiday DJ who will lead the audience in a holiday sing along for performances running 11/10/10 to 1/2/11.

According to Philip Katz, one of ImaginOcean’s producers, “I am a big fan of Casey on the radio and think he is hysterically funny, and a genuine voice talent. We are excited to create this character for him and delighted that he agreed to do it. He will help make our special holiday performances engaging and fun, and get our audience and cast in the spirit of the season.”

This month, New Jersey residents can see free performances of ImaginOcean in their own Garden State. John Tartaglia (creator, producer, and the voice of five puppets who star in the show), along with the cast, will perform at two New Jersey fairs:

–       On August 7 at 2:00 to 3:00 PM the cast will do a live performance at The Middlesex County Fair in East Brunswick.

–       On August 10 the cast will have a booth at The New Jersey State Fair at The Sussex County Fairgrounds, from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM. They will have live performances throughout the day.