Published on: 26 July 2018
Midnite’s talented performers will come together next month to tell the tale of Big Fish, a new musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience that’s richer, funnier and bigger than life itself.
Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish centres on Edward Bloom, a travelling salesman who lives life to the full. 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 discover the truth behind his father’s epic tales.
Directed by Midnite’s Artistic Director Gregory Jones, with musical direction by Rhiannon Hodgson and choreography by Seanne Sparrow, the production brings together an ensemble of highly talented drama students from Christ Church Grammar School, John Curtin College of the Arts, Methodist Ladies’ College, Presbyterian Ladies’ College and St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls.
“The production features an outstanding cast of 40 young performers. It explores important themes of fatherhood and mortality and the difference between reality and fantasy. With joyous music and fantastical characters, this musical provides an excellent vehicle for young people,” says Gregory Jones.
“Boys from Years 7 to 12 plus professional musicians make up the 25-strong orchestra backing Big Fish. It is the biggest we’ve ever had and has involved a large amount of time and talent to coordinate.”
“We are currently seeking volunteers to assist with the sewing of costumes used in the production. Anyone keen or knows someone who would be interested is asked to contact our costume designer, Jay Waugh.”
Lead actor and Year 12 Christ Church student Sam Weight says, “Performing a role like Edward Bloom is such an honour and it feels great to be able to be a part of the debut of this musical here in WA.”
“To have the opportunity to perform at the Regal Theatre is something many student actors don’t get, we’re all really looking forward to the performances.”
With set design by Sarah Duyvestyn, costume design by Jay Waugh, lighting design by Tess Reuvers and Sound Design by Ella Portwine, Big Fish is not to be missed.
The season runs from 16 to 18 August at the Regal Theatre. Tickets are selling fast, to book visit Ticketek.com.au.