Auditions

Big Fish – Synopsis

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.

Big Fish – Casting Needs

EDWARD BLOOM/YOUNG EDWARD – age 30-55. Edward is a charming, charismatic storyteller. He is a devoted, yet absent, father nearing the end of his life and wanting to reconnect with his son. He’s comfortable in his own skin, but hopes for his son’s approval. He loves his wife, his son, and telling stories. Male, Lead, Baritone

SANDRA BLOOM /YOUNG SANDRA– age 25-55. Sandra is patient, calm, and the perfect balance to Edward’s enthusiasm. She adores and appreciates Edward and tries to bring reconciliation to her husband and son. Female, Lead, Soprano, Dancer

WILL BLOOM – age 20-30. Will is an adult, but still a little boy. He’s an earnest, serious, thoughtful young man wanting to reconnect with his father, but he’s unable to appreciate Edward’s romantic view of life. He’s a successful professional and a new husband. Male, Lead, Tenor

JOSEPHINE BLOOM – age 18-30. Will’s wife. Josephine acts as the bridge between Will and Edward. Serious character acting. Female, Supporting, Mezzo-Soprano

KARL – age 18-40. The Giant. Edward’s best friend. Karl is intelligent, hermit-like, and has quiet charisma. Needs a booming voice and a large personality. Also needs to be decently tall, but not a giant. He will need to walk on stilts. Male, Supporting, Bass

AMOS CALLOWAY – age 30-50. Circus owner. He also happens to be a werewolf. Needs an actor able to portray strong, outgoing personality and humor. Male, Supporting, Baritone

JENNY HILL/YOUNG JENNY HILL – age 18-35. Edward’s first girlfriend. She has dignity and honesty, and is crucial in helping Will understand Edward and Edward’s motivations. Female, Supporting, Mezzo-Soprano

YOUNG WILL – Age 7-12. The child version of Will Bloom. He loves his father but oftens questions the truth of his stories. Male, Supporting, Tenor

DON PRICE – age 20-45. Bully. Sandra’s first fiancé. Bigger than life acting style. Male, Featured, Baritone

WITCH – age 20-40. Commanding performer with great confidence and storytelling ability. She convinces Edward to pursue a big life without fear. Female, Featured, Belting Mezzo-Soprano

DOCTOR BENNETT – age 45-75. Warm, kind, frank, soft spoken friend and physician of Edward, Male, Featured, Speaking

ZACKY PRICE – age 20-45. Nerdy brother and shadow of Don Price., Male, Featured, Tenor

GIRL IN WATER – age 18-20. A mermaid who is Edward’s first kiss. Female, Featured, strong dancer – will double in other things

2 ALABAMA LAMBS – age 18-20. Friends of Sandra Bloom. Female, Featured, Strong Singers and Dancers – will double in other things

CHORUS GROUPS
Witches, USO Girls, Saloon Girls, and others – Strong Dancers and Singers – 8 girls ages 13-19
Soldiers, Saloon Boys and others – Strong Dancers and Singers – 8 Males ages 13-19

Townspeople and others – Strong Singers and good movers
8 females ages 13-19
5 males ages 13-19
5 females ages 9-12
5 females ages 9-12
6 males and females age 5-8

Other ensembles to be pulled from above chorus groups
Circus Performers – 20 Male and Female – Mostly 13-19
Wedding Guests – 14 Male and Female – Mix of ages
Boys Scouts – 6 younger males
Fire – 4 younger females

Audition Details – read carefully, we have made some changes

April 13th – 6:00pm – 13-19 year old Dance Audition – DeSmet Jesuit High School All 13-19 year olds auditioning must attend the dance call. Big Fish is a heavy dance show and we don’t want to rush the dance audition as we have in the past. However, we realize that not everyone has dance training. That is okay. Some of the dancers are not singers, but will have to do the singing audition anyway. There are several places in the show for singers who are not trained dancers.
• Wear comfortable clothes you can move in.
• Wear dance shoes or tennis shoes that are easy to move in.
• Bring tap shoes if you have them.
• Bring a current photo.
• Bring a list of all potential conflicts in May and June. Include vacations, family events, recitals, end of school year concerts, dance class, etc. Take the initiative to thoroughly research all school activities in May and June and additional conflicts so the conflict form is accurate.
• Arrive at least 15 minutes early to register.
• All parents and actors will gather in the theatre for opening remarks before we start the audition.
All those at the dance audition will learn the first dance.  As we move through the evening, some will be released as we get to more difficult or specialty dancing.  Being released does not mean you are cut from the show.

April 14th – 9:00 – Ages 5-12 Audition – DeSmet Jesuit High School
Prepare 16 bars from a song – preferably a song from a musical – no pop songs
• Bring piano sheet music clearly marked with your start and stop measures. It is best if it is in a binder. There is no a capella singing or singing to a recording.
• Bring a current photo.
• Bring a list of all potential conflicts in May and June. Include vacations, family events, recitals, end of school year concerts, dance class, etc. Take the initiative to thoroughly research all school activities in May and June and additional conflicts so the conflict form is accurate.
• Wear comfortable clothes and shoes you can move in for the movement portion of the audition.
• Arrive at least 15 minutes early to register.
• How it works
Arrive and fill out paper work and receive a number
All parents and children will meet in the theatre at 9:00 for opening remarks
The children will learn a short dance. Parents may watch
Once the dance is learned, all parents and children will go to the lobby
We will bring in 10 children at a time for the audition based on audition numbers. Each child in the group will sing their song and then the group will do the dance.
Once a group is finished, they will be released and the next group will be brought in.
The earlier you arrive to register, the quicker you will get through the audition.

April 14th – 12:30 – ages 13-19 – Vocal Audition – DeSmet Jesuit High School
Prepare 20 bars from a song – preferably a song from a musical – no pop songs
• Bring piano sheet music clearly marked with your start and stop measures. It is best if it is in a binder. There is no a capela singing or singing to a recording.
• Be prepared to clearly introduce yourself to the casting panel. Introduction should include name, song, and what the song is from. In addition you can include mini fact or two about yourself.
• Arrive at least 15 minutes early. You will not need to refill out paperwork but we will want to be ready to go with the vocal audition right at 12:30.
• How it works
Arrive early to check in
We will bring in 10 teens at a time for the audition based on audition numbers. Each teen in the group will sing their song and then they will do a short cold reading from the script
Once a group is finished, they will be released and the next group will be brought in.

April 15th – Callbacks for larger roles will begin at 11:00am at Visitation Academy. We will post the callback list on the website. It will be each person’s job to check the website and confirm the callback.