PITTSBURG, Kan. — Tickets are on sale now for “Big Fish,” being produced by Pittsburg High School’s Music Rep Theatre class, with the help of students in jazz band and stagecraft classes, Nov. 10 to 12, in the PHS Auditorium.
For the first time in recent history, PHS is offering reserved tickets. They may be purchased online at pittsburghightheatre.ticketleap.com/ for $5 for students and $10 for adults. They also may be purchased at the door, based on availability.
“Big Fish is a joy to behold, and I’m beyond thrilled to share this with the Pittsburg community,” said Breana Clark, the school’s new theater teacher and show director.
Music direction is by Susan Laushman and Cooper Neil, and technical direction is by Chuck Boyles.
The musical is based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, and tells the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman whose incredible, larger-than-life stories of his fantastical life thrill everyone around him — most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their adult son, Will, no longer amused by the tales, insists on a rational rather than fantastical account of one’s life.
When he and his wife, Josephine, learn that they will have a son of their own, Will decides to find out his father’s true life story once and for all.
Overflowing with heart and humor, Big Fish is an extraordinary musical that reminds us why we love going to the theater — for an experience that’s richer, funnier, and bigger than life itself.
“Big Fish is the perfect blend of magical musical theater with a heartwarming story of a father and son trying desperately to connect,” Clark said. “The music by Andrew Lippa is exceptional and allows the characters to shine through their vocals while inviting you into the world created by Edward.”
Cast members are Ben Shawn (Edward Bloom), Nityan Doodnauth (Will Bloom), Andrew Cho (Young Will), Ella Rhuems (Sandra), Chloe Costello (Josephine), Gunner Mengarelli (Amos), Ben Bolinger (Don Price), Max Battaglia (Zacky Price), Olivia Doodnauth (Witch), Alexandra Muckala (Jenny Hill), Tate Campbell (Frustrated Fisherman/Mayor), Will Williams (Giant/Karl), Grace Cho (Dr. Bennett), Lucy Brooksher (Barber), Keara Emery (Little Girl with Cat), Sophia Panek (Sharecropper), Sarah Winzer (Mermaid/Gun Toter), and Sterling Seeley (Young Will).
Choreographers are Maggie and Mollie Stephens; dance captains are Tate Campbell and Ella Rhuems; stage manager is Ace LaValla; assistant stage manager is Sorin Mize; stage crew heads are Athennah Jones and Mela Nciole-Ross; lighting design and operator is Gwen Ouellette; sound design is by Ashleigh Henderson; sound board operators are Cassidy McMurray and Hailey Coberly; stage crew is Kendall Crager, Grace Cunningham, Allison French, Benjamin Hughes, Jay Laubengayer, Carter Laxton, Leo Norman, Jocelyn Ouellette, Anna Ozbun, and Sam Winzer; spotlight operators are Davin McMurry and Abrianna Hiebsch; makeup crew head is Caitlyn Costello; makeup crew is Auggie Allison and Ruby Reyes.
Pit band members include Astrid Jerez, violin; Amber Bracken, cello; Susan Laushman, piano; Andy Goris, piano; Evan Harries, guitar; Cooper Neil, bass guitar; Jack Stefanoni, drum set; and Cody Johnson, percussion.
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