Highland Community College Fine Arts Department opens the spring semester with the premiere of the new musical “Big Fish,” opening Thursday, February 28th in the Culbertson Theatre.

Big Fish is 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.

Big Fish revolves around the relationship between Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman, and his adult son Will, who looks for what is behind his father’s tall stories.

The story shifts between two timelines. In the present-day real world, sixty-year-old Edward Bloom faces his mortality while Will prepares to become a father himself. In the storybook past, Edward ages from a teenager, encountering a Witch, a Giant, a Mermaid, and the love of his life, Sandra. The stories meet as Will discovers the secret his father never revealed.

The story has drawn comparisons to “The Odyssey,” “The Music Man” and “The Wizard of Oz.”

The show is directed by Sam Smith and Shayna Leahy and the cast includes HCC students Raymond Clark (Edward Bloom), Braden Shryock (Will Bloom), Samantha Edwards (Sandra Bloom), Beth Streit (Josephine Bloom), Kaden Elliott (Dr. Bennett), DW Snook (Amos Calloway), Brie Bergstresser ( Mermaid), Pierce Hartley(Karl), Rowan Crespo (Jenny Hill), Chantilly Williams (The Witch), Kalvin Pottorf( Young Will), Zach Schnacker (Don Price), Garret Davis (Zacky Price), Stephanie Babella (Ensemble) and Paige Collins (Ensemble).

HCC students working on the technical side of the production are; Stephanie Babella, Aedan Martinez, Paige Collins, DW Snook, Tanner Chartier, Matthew White, Rowan Crespo and Kerion Overstreet.

“Big Fish” plays at HCC’s Culbertson Auditorium Theatre, on the HCC campus.

Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 and March 1, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 2. As always, there is no charge for admission. For additional information, please call (785) 442-6089, or email at smsmith@highlandcc.edu.

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