Originally Published: October 31, 2018 8:13 p.m.
The BMHS Theatrical Troupe is sure to leave a lasting impression with its upcoming production of “Big Fish.”
The story follows the mystical and exaggerated life of Edward Bloom. When Bloom suddenly falls ill, His son, William, comes to visit his father on his deathbed to uncover the truth behind the stories. However, even after falling ill, Bloom still continues to recount his life as an exciting tale. As Edward’s life comes to an end, his life stories begin to separate from fact and fiction. In the end, the truth of everything will be exposed.
Jantina Russell, BMHS Theater Arts teacher and director, was delighted to take part in this year’s musical tradition. She wanted to bring a new story with a message that is bound to impress the audience.
“It is one of my favorite messages about family and acceptance” Russell said.
She said the adaption from the novel to the musical stayed true to the original intent and message.
Working with Russell is Amy Van Winkle, the BMHS choir teacher and vocal director. Over 25 students have been working to bring the musical to the stage. Along with the drama and choir classes, the technical theater classes pitched in to help build the sets and design costumes.
“I am thankful for all my students who worked so hard to make this musical amazing” Russell said. “The hard work put in by everyone is sure to make this production of ‘Big Fish’ a musical to remember.”
“Big Fish” is a book by John August, and the music and lyrics are by Andrew Lippa. It is based on a story by Daniel Wallace and the Columbia Motion Picture by John August.
Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1, 2, 3 (doors open at 6:30) in the Glassford Hill Middle School Auditorium, 6901 Panther Path, Prescott Valley. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors. For more information call 928-759-4052.