BIG FISH THE MUSICAL at St. Luke's United Methodist Church
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
Director: STEVE MACKINNON
Choreographer SPENCER MORROW
Music Director DAVID PATRICK
Auditions: May 19, May 20 6:00-9:30pm
St. Luke's UMC is located at 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando.
Rehearsals will begin: June 9
Sunday-Wednesday evenings 7:00-9:30
Performances are scheduled for August 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24
Please prepare 32 bars of a musical theater song, traditional or contemporary, that show range and sustained singing. NO rock/pop. Bring sheet music in the correct key; an accompanist will be provided.
Come prepared to learn dance combination and ladies please bring Tap Shoes if skilled.
Please bring a photo and resume, stapled back-to-back.
Auditions by Appointment Only; Roles Non-Paid
Please email email@example.com for an appointment, with Email Subject: BIG FISH AUDITION.
ABOUT THE SHOW
BIG FISH: A Musical of Mythical Proportions. Rollicking fantasy set in the American South. Centers on the charismatic Edward Bloom, whose impossible stories of his life's epic adventures frustrate his son Will. Now, with Edward on his deathbed, Will must embark on his own journey to find out who his father really is, unraveling the man from the myth, the truth from the tall tales.
The novel was first published in 1998.Tim Burton directed the 2003 film starring Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange and Helena Bonham Carter. The film was nominated for an Academy Award, Grammy, seven Golden Globes and a BAFTA.
*Also seeking musicians and production positions such as lighting/sound/costume crew. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
All roles are available. No experience necessary.
30s-40s (but also plays himself as teenager, and early 60s). Charismatic Southern storyteller. Leaves small-town Ashton in search of adventure. Indentured with a traveling circus, he eventually meets the love of his life, Sandra, and begins family life with their son, Will. But Edward's heart is on the road, where he works as a traveling salesman. Edward maintains his tall tales are true — which in a way, they are, as a reflection of the way he sees the world and wants his son to live. Comedy and charisma are essential. Edward is a storyteller. Performer MUST be an EXCELLENT singer. Must be comfortable with contemporary rhythms and styles. Not exclusively a "Broadway" sound.
30s-40s (but also plays herself as teenager, and early 60s). Edward's wife — the love of his life — whom we first meet auditioning for a traveling circus. She's the only person who loves and understands both Edward and Will, and must try to help them repair the bridges they've burned. She tries to stay strong knowing she'll soon lose her husband. Performer MUST be an EXCELLENT singer. Must be comfortable with contemporary rhythms and styles. Leaning towards country. Mezzo or soprano with strong mix to Eb/F.
Mid – late 20s. Reporter for the AP in Paris; Will's job is to report the facts. His frustration with his father's wild tales — lies, as Will sees them — leads to an argument that keeps father and son from talking to each other for three years. But with Edward facing terminal illness, and Will expecting his first child, the two men must come to terms. Performer MUST be an EXCELLENT singer. Must be comfortable with contemporary rhythms and styles. Modern Broadway sensibility. Tenor with sustained G.
Age 8-11. 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. Performer should be a good singer. Range: B below middle C to C an octave above middle C.
Karl The Giant
20s - late 30s. A "monster" who arrives at Edward's childhood small town, Karl is in fact a sad-sack loner with a gift for big numbers. His comedy is like Eeyore, from "Winnie the Pooh". Karl's height will be augmented for fantasy sequences, but the actor himself MUST BE VERY TALL (6'2"+).Basso profundo with a solid low E.
Woman, 20s-60s. Proprietress of a backwoods gin joint; also sells fortunes for 50 cents. When she meets Edward Bloom, she immediately knows he's special. The Witch is powerful and tragic Performer MUST have a big voice that can shiver souls. Big belt to F#, and lives up in that range.
20s – mid 30s (actress also plays Jenny as a teenager, and in her mid 50s). Edward's high-school-cheerleader girlfriend. Takes him at his word when he promises he'll return after seeing the world. A series of bad choices leads her to living in a swamp shack, ready to be killed by an impending flood. Mezzo soprano.
20s, French. Will's lovely and funny wife. Pregnant through most of the story. She's charmed by Edward, and happily inserts herself into his stories. Mezzo soprano.
30s-40s. Owner of the Calloway Circus. Down-market P. T. Barnum with a secret. Promises to tell Edward the name of his true love in return for years of back-breaking labor. Performer needs STRONG comic chops. Big vaudeville part. Tenor to sustained A-flat.
Dr. Bennett / Others:
Track age: 30s-50s. Bennett, 60s. Edward's doctor and close friend.
20s-30s (actor also plays Don as a teenager). Edward's Bloom's life-long nemesis, a hot-headed bully. Performer needs STRONG comic chops. Baritone.
20s-30s (actor also plays Zacky as a teenager, and in his late 40s). Don's spastic and easily-spooked younger brother, who ultimately becomes instrumental in helping save the town of Ashton. Performer needs STRONG comic chops. Tenor to sustained A-flat.
Man, 40s. The good-hearted mayor of Ashton. Ultimately turns into a drunk when his town is slated for destruction. Baritone.
Seeking Ensemble (M/F):
Strong dancers and singers for ensemble and featured characters.
Men: Strong movers and singers for a range of characters, including salesmen, USO dancers, Cowboys, Doctors, A wide variety of types. Acrobats a plus.
Women: Strong dancers and singers for a range of characters, including townsfolk, USO dancers, Cowgirls, and mermaid. Tap dance, ballet, and acrobatics a plus.