Big Fish a musical with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and book by John August. It is based on Daniel Wallace’s 1998 novel, Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions, and the 2003 film Big Fish written by John August and directed by Tim Burton.
Edward Bloom has lived a full and fantastical life, populated by witches, giants, and mermaids, marked by true love that stops time in its tracks, and framed by heroics that push the limits of believability. His adult son, Will, is no longer amused by his father’s fantastical tales, insisting on a rational rather than a fantastical account of one’s life. When Edward’s health declines, and Will learns that he and his wife, Josephine, will have a son of their own, Will decides to find out his father’s “true” life story, once and for all.
Big Fish is a heartfelt, powerful, and truly magical musical about fathers, sons, and the stories that we use to define our identities. With spine-tinglingly beautiful music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, and a funny, heartwarming book by John August, Big Fish is a magnificent “big fish” of a tale, itself — spectacular, fantastical, and overflowing with love.
This musical is Rated PG.
You are not required to attend all three nights of auditions to be considered for a role. Please arrive a few minutes early to allow time to fill out your audition form. If you would like to audition but are unable to attend the scheduled audition dates please contact the director to schedule an early audition. (Contact information below.)
- Only people 16 and over should audition (must be 16 years old by March 12th)
- It is possible that we will cast Old and Young versions of Edward, Sandra, and possibly Jenny. (For Edward and Sandra, the potential song division is listed below.)
- All cast members will appear in surprising ways throughout the entire show!
Music Audition Requirements:
•People should prepare a song they feel best suits their vocal ability.
•Song should be between 16-32 measures, or around a minute in length.
•Please have cuts clearly marked for the accompanist.
Dance Audition Requirements:
•Please bring a change of clothes suited for dance/movement such as gym shorts, t-shirt, yoga pants, etc.
•Tennis shoes, dance shoes, or character shoes are acceptable. NO bare feet, socked feet, sandals, etc.
•Please stretch on your own. Depending on the number of those auditioning there may not be enough space/time for a group stretch before the dance section begins.
•Be prepared to move, so bring water (and a small towel if you need it). You will be doing a small portion of choreography from the show led by the show’s choreographer.
In addition to the song and dance portions of the auditions you may also be asked to read from the script.
If you have additional questions or need to schedule an early audition date, please contact Director – Scott Myers at [email protected]
Edward – Male, 18+ 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 loves his wife, his son, and telling stories. Needs a big voice and serious character acting. Potentially could play ages ranging from young father to older sick man.
Songs: Be the Hero, Red White and True, Fight the Dragons, Showdown, What’s Next, How It Ends (bari-tenor, G2-G4)
Young Edward – Male, 18+ An enthusiastic, optimistic, energetic romantic. Very charismatic, a good salesman. He is the quintessential hometown boy hero. Needs a big voice. Potentially could play ages ranging from high school to late 20s/early 30s. Very good mover.
Songs: Out There on the Road, Time Stops, Closer to Her, Daffodils, Red White and True, Start Over (tenor, C#3-G4)
Sandra Bloom – Female, 18+ Patient, calm, the perfect balance to Edward’s enthusiasm. She adores and appreciates Edward and tries to bring reconciliation to her husband and son. Strong singer and actor.
Songs: Two Men in My Life, I Don’t Need a Roof (G3-E5)
Young Sandra – A sweet, innocent young girl excited by the possibilities of life. She appreciates Edward’s romantic viewpoint. Strong singing and dance ability.
Songs: Alabama Lamb, Time Stops, Daffodils, Red White and True
Will – An earnest, thoughtful young man wanting to reconnect with his father, but unable to appreciate Edward’s romantic view of life. He is a successful professional, new husband, and expectant father. Strong tenor voice and dramatic actor.
Young Will – Male, 8-11. Edward’s son, precocious and intelligent. Is told all of Edward’s fantastic tales, isn’t quite sure if they’re real. (B below middle C to C an octave above middle C)
Josephine – Female, 18+ Will’s wife. Successful, intelligent, new bride and expectant mother. Josephine acts as the bridge between Edward and Will. (mix/belt to C#5)
Karl – Male 18+ A giant, one of Edward’s fantasy friends, requires an actor who acts, sings, has an appreciation for comic irony, stilt walks (or is very tall and can wear elevator shoes), and dances Karl is shy, exceptionally intelligent, hermit-like, and has a quiet charisma. He needs a booming voice and large personality. Bass (A3-D4) Will need to be comfortable walking on stilts.
Amos – Male, 18+ A werewolf, another of Edward’s fantasy friends, a ringmaster of a broken down circus. Strong, outgoing personality and humor. Baritone (C3-F5, touches a G5)
Witch – Female, 18+ Mysterious and knowledgeable. Convinces Edward to
pursue a big life without fear. Mezzo with big belt voice (F3-F5)
Young Jenny Hill – Female, 18+ Edward’s devoted, first girlfriend. A dreamer. Big voice and dance ability. (mix/belt to E5)
Adult Jenny Hill – 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. Serious acting role.
Don Price – Male 18+ A childhood frenemy of Edward, an early buddy, bully and rival for Sandra’s hand, baritone, (C3- F#4)
Zacky Price – Male 18+ Nerdy brother and shadow of Don Price.
Doctor Bennett – Warm, kind, but frank. Edward’s friend and physician.
Alabama Lambs – Young Sandra’s friends. Perform with Sandra at the circus. Strong singing and dance skills.
Other ensemble members playing various parts: (Most have solo lines, all have featured moments and will pop up throughout the entire show.)
Sandra Dance Double for “Time Stops” Fisherman
Dancing Fire (hopefully en pointe)
USO Girls (tap dancers)
Red Fang, WWII villain
Old West Judge
Doctors and Nurses