Kentwood Players
announces auditions for
Big Fish

Auditions for Big Fish
on Saturday, January 14
and Sunday, January 15, 2017
at the Westchester Playhouse.

Kentwood Players will hold open auditions for the musical Big Fish with Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa and Book by John August, on Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 11am to 2pm and Sunday, January 15 from 6pm to 9pm. Callbacks by invitation only will be held on Monday, January 16 at 7pm.

This is a non-equity, non-paid production led by Director/Musical Director Catherine Rahm with choreography by Alison Mattiza and produced by Lori A. Marple-Pereslete by special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide. Performance dates are March 17 to April 22, 2017 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm. Auditions and performances take place at the Westchester Playhouse, located at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Los Angeles, CA 90045.

Big Fish centers on the story of Edward Bloom who 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.

Those auditioning should allow time to sign-in and complete paperwork. Please bring a current headshot and resume with you as well as your calendar. A rehearsal schedule will be posted at auditions and you will be asked to note any conflicts. Catherine and Alison ask everyone to please prepare 32 bars of any musical theatre song. An accompanist will be provided. Wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to dance. No appointments are necessary. Kentwood Players practices color-blind casting and all ethnicities are encouraged to audition. If you have any questions, please contact the production team at BigFish@kentwoodplayers.org.

Character Breakdown

All roles are singing and require the ability to dance or move well. Please note: All actors except Edward, Will, Sandra and Josephine will double in multiple roles. Edward, Sandra, Jenny, Don and Zacky play themselves at various ages ranging from teenagers through their 50’s.

Edward Bloom
50’s, tenor. A traveling salesman who lives life to the fullest and charms everyone he meets, except his son. He believes that everyone should be the hero in their own story.
Sandra Bloom
50’s, mezzo. Wife to Edward, mother to Will. She understands Edward’s flaws, but loves him in spite of them.
Will Bloom
30, tenor. He’s tired of his father’s antics, but wants to make a connection before it’s too late. He wants to know the truth behind his father’s tall tales.
Josephine Bloom
30, mezzo. Married to Will. Finds Edward charming and acts as mediator.
Karl, the giant
Any age, very tall, baritone/bass. Shy, but gains confidence after meeting Edward
Amy (Amos)
Any age, either mezzo or baritone. Owner of the Calloway Circus with a deep, dark secret
Don Price
50’s, baritone. Lifelong rival of Edward’s
Witch
Any age, alto with a high belt. Sees the future and tells Edward how he dies.
Zacky Price
45, baritone. Younger brother of Don
Jenny Hill
50, mezzo. Edward’s hometown sweetheart.
Young Will
8-12. Plays Will as a child and also Will’s son.
2 Male and 3 Female Ensemble roles
Any age to cover multiple roles

To meet the Big Fish production team and learn more about Kentwood Players, the public is invited to attend our general membership meetings, which are free and held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm at the Westchester Playhouse located two blocks west of the San Diego Freeway and two blocks north of Manchester at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester, CA 90045.

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