Voorhees High School will present Big Fish April 11-14. The musical, which is based on the 2003 Tim Burton film, and Daniel Wallace’s novel of the same name, centers on a man named Edward Bloom who has a gift for telling tall tales about his life. Bloom, who will be played by seniors Deven Runge and Duncan Stewart, uses his humorous stories both to entertain and to create distance between himself and others. He places himself at the center of each fantastic story and weaves a magical tale about the events of his life. Edward’s practical son, Will, played by sophomore Harry Sperduto, has grown weary of his father’s exaggerations and hopes for an honest connection with his dad. After Edward speaks out of turn at Will’s wedding, the two avoid speaking for some time, much to the dismay of Edward’s wife and Will’s mother, Sandra Bloom played by senior Madison Kaminsky. When Will learns that his new wife Josephine, played by sophomore Grace Medea, is expecting a son, Will is anxious to share his good news with his father and reconnect. Will’s hope for the future is cut short when he learns his father is terminally ill. With the clock ticking, father and son try to find some common ground. As Will sifts through his father’s papers he begins to wonder if the stories were actually designed to cover up truths that Edward would rather not reveal.
Rounding out a stand out cast are: Mark Squindo as Karl the Giant, Nicole Rosales as the Witch, Madison Kelly as Edward’s first love Jenny Hill, Francesca Morella as the girl in the water, Alex Warner as the bully Don Price, Ian Love as Don’s tag-a-long brother Zacky Price, Stefan Stojanoski as Dr. Bennett, Alastair Stewart as Red Fang, and Jack Ayotte as General Patterson. In addition to splitting duties as Edward Bloom, Deven Runge and Duncan Stewart will also split the role as Amos Calloway, proprietor of the circus. The high school cast will be joined by Clinton Public School student Joey Ochs and Van Holten School student Max Dvorkin as Young Will. The show takes us on a journey into Edward’s varied and magical stories. Carina Hanson, Abby LaPointe, Abigail Thompson, Alexis Judd, Anna Squindo, Rebecca Gelson, Christopher Chin, Demitra Ypsilantis, Devin Vreeland, Evan Rodrigues, Gabriel Meyer, Grace Trumpy, Isabelle Mazure, Izzy Hepburn, Josie Whitmore, Kayla Morello, Kelly Deo, Lia Formica, Lucien Freligh, Margaret Desch, Maya Bavos-Chen, Owen Tabor, Taun Gould, and Tessa Maddaloni populate Edward’s colorful worlds as witches, wedding guests, circus folk, tap dancing USO chorus girls and soldiers, and cowboys and cowgirls.
Join us for this beautiful story about fathers and sons and the legacy we create with the stories we tell on April 11, April 12, April 13, at 7:00pm and April 14 at 2:00pm. Tickets are available in advance for $14 for adults and $12 for students or senior citizens. Advance tickets can be purchased by emailing email@example.com or by leaving a message on the box office phone 638-6116 ext. 7444. All tickets purchased at the box office window the day of the show will cost $15 and the box office opens a half hour before curtain.