May 2 - May 19, 2019
Directed by: Jennifer Pendleton and James Clarke
Produced by: Robyn Ness
Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, BIG FISH tells the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. Overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft, BIG FISH is an extraordinary Broadway musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience that’s richer, funnier and BIGGER than life itself.
Book by: JOHN AUGUST Music and Lyrics by ANDREW LIPPA
Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the Columbia Motion Picture written by: John August
Big Fish the musical is presented through special arangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide.
February 17 and 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Callbacks, if needed, February 20, 2019
Smithfield Little Theatre Stage - 210 N Church St. - Smithfield, VA
To save time at the auditions you can download the AUDITION FORM and have it ready when you arrive. A photo will be taken at time of audition to be attached to your audition form. No head shot required.
Please prepare a two-minute music selection of your choice. Karaoke digital music is acceptable, in addition an accompanist will be available. No a cappella. Auditions will also consist of dance and possible cold readings from the script.
All ethnicities welcome and encouraged to come out! The directors welcome questions at Jenn.James.SLT@gmail.com
BIG FISH - CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS
Edward – older man (father and beyond, actor ages 35-60). Edward is a charming, charismatic storyteller. A devoted yet absent father nearing the end of his life and wanting to reconnect with his son. He is comfortable in his own skin, but hopes for Will’s approval. He absolutely loves his wife, his son, and telling stories. Needs a big voice and serious character acting. Plays ages ranging from young father to older sick man. Able to move but little real dance.
Be the Hero
Fight the Dragons
How It Ends
Young Edward – young man (everything before fatherhood, actor age 18-30). Young Edward is an enthusiastic, optimistic, energetic romantic. He needs to steal our hearts and make us buy into the fabulous myths that he enters. He is the quintessential hometown boy hero. Needs a big voice. Plays ages ranging from high school to late 20s/ early 30s. Very good mover.
Out There on the Road
Closer to Her
Red White and True
Sandra – older woman (married and beyond, actor ages 25-55). Sandra is patient, calm – the perfect balance to Edwards enthusiasm. She adores and appreciates Edward and tries to bring reconciliation to her husband and son, both of whom she loves. Needs a mellow ballad voice. Very little movement.
Two Men in My Life
I Don’t Need a Roof
Young Sandra – young woman (before married, actor ages 15-30). Young Sandra is a lovely, sweet, fresh-faced, innocent young girl excited by the possibilities of life. She appreciates Edward’s romantic viewpoint. Needs a big voice, expressive acting ability, and a good bit of dance ability.
Red, White, and True
Will – adult (All but little boy, actor ages 20-30). Will is a critical part of the story. He is an earnest, serious, thoughtful young man wanting to reconnect with his storytelling father, but unable to appreciate Edward’s romantic view of life. He is a successful professional and new husband. He has to able to take us on the journey of understanding and make us believe the complex relationship and final heartfelt embrace of his father’s legacy. Needs a strong tenor voice. No dance. Serious character acting.
Be the Hero – Reprise
Young Will - (appears age 8-12): The young version of Will is intrigued by his father's stories, but already starts to doubt their truth. With his father always on the road, he feels he is the man of the house. MUST be a good singer with strong acting ability. Vocal range: B below middle C to octave above middle C.
Josephine – (actor ages 18-30). Will’s wife. Successful adult, sweet, intelligent, and organically compatible with Will. Josephine acts as the bridge between Edward and Will, explaining the deeper meaning of the stories. Often on stage. No singing. No dance. Serious character acting.
Karl – the Giant. (actor ages 18-40). Edward’s best friend. Karl is shy, exceptionally intelligent, hermitlike, and has a quiet charisma. He needs a booming voice and large personality. Needs to be decently tall, but not a “giant.” Bass voice. Ability to walk on stilts.
On the Road
Amos – adult male, circus owner (actor ages 30-50). Amos is the rather eccentric, quirky owner of the circus that employs young Edward. He also happens to be a werewolf (in Edward’s tales). Needs an actor able to portray strong, outgoing personality and humor. Sings, but not necessarily great voice. Doesn’t need to move, but good stage presence essential. Character voice.
Closer to Her
Witch – adult female (actor age 20-40). Commanding performer with great confidence and storytelling ability. She convinces Edward to pursue a Big Life without fear. Needs belt voice, mezzo soprano. Some dance, could be extensive.
I Know What You Want
Young Jenny Hill – young cheerleader (actor age 15-30). Edward’s devoted, first girlfriend. She is beautiful, a dreamer, maybe a little blonde. Needs loud belt. Some movement. Also included in ensemble.
Ashton’s Favorite Son
Out There On The Road
Adult Jenny Hill – adult (maybe same actress as young Jenny). Very tired, disillusioned version of the younger Jenny. She has dignity and honesty. She is crucial in helping Will understand Edward and Edward’s motivations. No movement, but serious acting needed. Also included in ensemble.
Don Price – (high school, college, and mayor, actor ages 20-45, possibly two actors). Older snarky bully. Sandra’s first fiancé. Needs a bigger than life acting style. Possible movement but not crucial.
Out There on the Road
Zacky Price – (high school, college, and later, actor ages 20-45). Nerdy brother and shadow of Don Price.
Doctor Bennett – considerably older man (actor ages 45-75). Warm, kind, frank, soft-spoken friend and physician of Edward. Needs realistic actor. No singing or dancing necessary.
Red Fang – male, assassin (actor ages 18-28). World War II villain. Needs fight scene movement abilities.
Ashton Mayor – adult male (actor ages 30-60). Typical small town good-guy mayor personality.
Alabama Lambs – two of Sandra’s friends (actors age 15-25). Perform with Sandra at the circus. Needs strong singing and dancing skills.
Fisherman – adult male (actor age 18-35) hometown redneck. Needs strong singing and dancing skills.
Ensemble -- Assorted ages, age 12 and older. All sing and move. Some individuals will do extensive dance, but not all.
Be The Hero – townspeople, fishermen
I Know What You Want – only 3-5 advanced dancers
Wedding Scene – wedding guests
Aston’s Favorite Son – Ashton townspeople
Out There On the Road – Ashton townspeople
Closer to Her (and preceding) – circus (some)
Auburn (pre-Daffodils) -- college students (some)
Red, White, and True – USO dancers and soldiers
Showdown – Westerners
Start Over – Ashton townspeople
What’s Next – hospital people (some)
Procession – funeral (some)