Big Fish

Directed by Tami LoSasso

Synopsis

When Edward Bloom becomes ill, his son, William, travels to be with him. William has a strained relationship with Edward because his father has always told exaggerated stories about his life, and William thinks he's never really told the truth. Even on his deathbed, Edward recounts fantastical anecdotes. When William, who is a journalist, starts to investigate his father's tales, he begins to understand the man and his penchant for storytelling.

Cast List

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Information

Auditions

Auditions will be held on December 13th. Callbacks will be on December 14th.

How to Audition?

Prepare 16-32 bars of a contemporary musical theatre song

Sign up for an audition time on the call board

You’ll audition in groups of six, but you’ll each be called out individually to sing -- accompanist provided

Be sure to attend the dance workshop so you know the dance combination

Dance Workshop Information:

Learn the Combination: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 from 3:30-5:30 Auditorium

What to Bring: Clothes you can move in

Water and snacks

A positive attitude to try anything

Stay for as much as you can. If you cannot make it to the dance workshop, you can learn it from someone else, or you can watch it online when we post it. But you do have to try the dance

What We're Looking For:

What We’re Looking For:

People who can sing, act, and dance/move, naturally, but also people who are willing to take risks and people who take direction and want to learn, grow, and have a great time.

Who Will Be Watching:

Tami LoSasso, Director Kelsey Kasel, Student Director

Bryce Melaragno, Music Director Debbie Miller, Vocal Director

Angie Dryer, Choreographer Jace Smykil, LHS Director

Tim Campbell, Theatre Artist James Young, LHS Director

Expectations:

What to Expect If You’re Cast:

The cast meets every day after school from 3:30 - 5:30

Rehearsals extend to 6:30 the week of February 25

Tech Week extends until 7:30 the week of March 4

The week of the show you’ll get dinners, have call times beginning around 4 p.m., and all call at 5:30 or 6:30 depending on the show

The Cast fee for the show is $75. This covers costuming (except footwear and undergarments), a show shirt, dinner the week of the show, and all production props.

Crew and Pit fee for the show is $40. This pays for the shirt and dinner the week of the show.

There is financial assistance available for those in need.

Tuesday, March 12 - Creighton Matinee (you’ll miss classes)

Wednesday, March 13 - Opening Night curtain 6 p.m.

Thursday, March 14 - Show Night curtain 7 p.m.

Friday, March 15 - Show Night curtain 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 16 - Closing Night curtain 7 p.m. (cast party following strike)

Roles

Big Fish Cast:

Edward Bloom: age ranges from 13 to 60s. A big personality, boisterous, flirtatious, loves life and living. He’s a traveling salesman and has a strained relationship with his son. He sees only one woman in the world: Sandra.

Bari-Tenor

Will Bloom: age 30s. More reserved. A journalist whose search for truth drives him to resent his father’s big ideas and tall tales. He’s married to Josephine, a woman who urges him to explore his father’s good nature. He’s closer to his mother.

Tenor

Sandra Templeton Bloom: age ranges from 17 to 50s. A lovely southern girl who marries Edward not just because she is instantly taken with him, but because the adventure of being with a man like Edward is better than anything she could have envisioned. She is kind, patient, playful, and loves Edward more than anything else in the world.

Mezzo

Josephine Bloom: late 20s early 30s. A photographer and journalist. Wife of Will. French and romantic. She is pregnant with her first child. She is more entertained and intrigued by Edward then Will is and that frustrates him. She tries to make Will understand his father by accepting that he just doesn’t understand him. Any vocal range.

Young Will: The child version of Will. About 8 years old, Will is too smart for his own good, skeptical, and on one hand he likes his father’s stories and on the other he just can’t believe them. This role is cast.

Karl: age undetermined. Karl is a giant living in a cave outside of Ashton. He is grumpy and misunderstood. He doesn’t like being a giant until Edward convinces him he isn’t too big for Ashton, Ashton is too small for him, and they set off on a journey that ignites Karl’s destiny. Bari-Bass

Amos: age undetermined. Amos is the ringleader and owner of the traveling circus. He is a show off, and a manipulator. He’s cheap and will take advantage of people for his gain. He’s also a werewolf. Edward shows him it’s ok to be himself, and when he accepts his shapeshifting he finds eventual happiness with himself. Amos can be cast as a girl.

Tenor

Jenny Hill: age 18 - 60s. Jenny is Edward’s high school sweetheart. They think they’re going to be in love forever, and when Edward leaves Ashton with Karl, he promises to come back to her. But he never does. She remains in love with him into old age. She starts out sweet and trusting and turns out sad and lonely.

Any vocal range.

The Witch: age undetermined. The Witch is the Oracle in the show. She holds the secrets to Edward’s life and death. She is symbolic of the journey of life and serves as something Edward is both afraid of but also drawn to.

Mezzo belter.

Don Price: age ranges from 13-40s. Don is Edward’s childhood friend and later enemy. He’s jealous of all the good fortune that comes Edward’s way, and really mad when Edward steals his fiancee away. He becomes the town mayor and challenges Edward when he suggests they move the town of Ashton away from an impending flood.

Any vocal range.

Zacky Price: age ranges from 12-40s. Zacky is Don’s little brother. He’s squirrely and will do anything his big brother does. He idolizes Don, until later in the show when he believes in Edward to save the town. He has a youthful energy about him all the time. This role can be cast as a girl. Any vocal range.

Dr. Bennett: age ranges from 50s-70s. Dr. Bennett is Edward’s trusted doctor and an old family friend. He carries a maturity about him, and is the bearer of bad news. He is gentle but firm, and acts as Edward’s judge in Showdown.

Any vocal range.

Will and Josephine’s Son: age range 7-9. The son appears as a cub scout at the beginning of the first act when Edward is bragging about his war stories and again in the final scene when Will reprises “Be the Hero.” He is sweet, fun, and totally taken with the stories of both Edward and Will. This young actor plays two different characters.

This role is cast.

Ensemble of Townspeople, Circus Folk, Witches, College Students,

Dream Cowboys, Soldiers, a Mermaid and Dancers

Crews

Crew Information:

Fill out an application available on the callboard beginning December 3

Deadline for crew applications December 19

You will be notified of your crew the first week back after winter break

Crews Required:

Stage Crew: Helps build the show

Run Crew: Sets and strikes the show while it’s in progress; this may be members of the stage crew and/or other members of the Theatre Company depending on interest and availability

Props Crew: Responsible for finding/making/building hand props and small furniture

Costumes Crew: Researches time period and costumes 35 cast members according to director’s vision

Lights Crew: Lights the show and responsible for assembling and running any projections

Sound Crew: Runs mics and in-show sound effects. Develops pre-show soundtrack to establish mood and setting

Makeup Crew: Assists cast members with difficult to apply makeup and wigs

House Crew: Responsible for front of house, ushering, quality customer service, and concessions during intermission

Publicity Crew: Designs a look for the show posters and shirt according to the director’s vision and helps publicize the show through social media, posting notices in the building and community, and writing articles for local news outlets

Requirements to be on Crew:

Show up when your crew is assigned to work after school

Be there all of tech week from 3:30 - 8 p.m.

Be there for all of show week until the end of the run each night

Be available for the middle school matinee in March (during the day)

Uphold the contract and pay the $35 crew fee (for shirts, dinners, and show fee)

Be a leader, be a creative, out of the box thinker, who likes bringing worlds to life!

Technical Team

  • Director: Tami LoSasso

  • Student Director: Kelsey Kasel

  • Choreographer: Angie Dryer

  • Pit Conductor: Bryce Melaragno

  • Vocal Director: Debbie Miller

  • Technical Director: James Young

  • Stage Manager: Ava Aguliar

  • Assistant Stage Manager: Macie McIlvain, Ari Josue

  • Lighting Designer: Griffyn Seib

  • Sound Designer: TBA

  • Propsmaster: TBA

  • Costume Designers: TBA

  • Makeup Designer: TBA

  • Publicity Lead: TBA

  • Set Design: Brandon PT Davis

Important Dates

December 19th - Big Fish Cast Meeting (1:30pm) Stage

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