Review Just Posted. McLean Theatre Company Presents the Musical ‘Big Fish’ on February 16, 19-22nd by Brent Stone

Update: Here is Joel Markowitz’s review of Big Fish.

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The McLean High School Theatre Company (MTC) premieres the musical Big Fish to the Metro DC area this February. Led by Artistic Director, Amy Poe, and Music Director Bobby McCoy (1st Stage, Keegan, McLean Community Players), the award-winning company brings this big-hearted musical of a father’s story, a son’s journey and life’s epic adventure

PrintBased on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish is a new Broadway musical featuring music and lyrics by Tony nominee Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family, The Wild Party) and a new book by esteemed screenwriter John August (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). Big Fish centers on Edward Bloom, who sweeps the audience into a fantasy as he recounts his seemingly impossible life stories. Edward’s far-fetched tales represent his unique outlook on the world; he sees life as an adventure and himself as the hero. Complete with acrobatics, juggling, ariel silks and thrilling big-stage dance numbers, this musical reminds us why we love going to the theatre for an experience that’s richer, funnier and BIGGER than life itself.

Director Amy Poe shares “We are very excited that the McLean Theatre Company will debut this magical and moving adventure to the Metro DC community. After premiering Catch Me If You Can last spring and thrilling audiences with the outrageous The Addams Family this fall, our company is ready for the challenge of the spectacular that is Big Fish. The show’s technical elements and stunning performances will create an atmosphere where it appears the impossible is achieved. We want the audience to embrace Edward Bloom’s incredible interpretation of the mundane. Through witnessing Edward’s “big fish” tales, the audience learns that reality is relative and perception is possibility.”

Following his recent recognition as a National YoungArts Finalist and nomination as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Alex Stone appears as Edward Bloom while recent DCMetroTheaterArts Best of 2014 award recipients Jack Posey and Rachel Lawhead, appear as Will and Sandra Bloom respectively, join Best of 2014 DCMTA winner Stone. Principal characters round out with Matt Lucero as the giant, Karl, Will Stockton (Amos Calloway), Emma Gold (Josephine Bloom), Thomas Kelty (Don), Jeffery Nolan (Zacky Price), Helena Doms (The Witch), and Nicole Sheehan (Jenny Hill).

Big Fish premieres with a special Feb. 16, 2015  President’s Day preview show, 2 p.m. followed by a single weekend run February 19-22, 2015. Performances are: Thursday through Saturday, 7 p.m. with Saturday and Sunday matinees, 2 p.m. Performances are in the intimate 600-seat Burks Auditorium Black Box Theatre-633 Davidson Road, in McLean, Virginia.

MTC welcomes the CAPPIES and National Thespian adjudicators to Saturday evening’s performance. Big Fish is presented through special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW).

You can order your tickets here.

McLean Theatre Company is comprised of students, parents and teachers at McLean High School working together to produce challenging and award winning theatrical productions. The home of McLean Theatre Company is the 600 seat Burks Auditorium and the more intimate 75 seat Black Box Theater.

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Big Fish Creative Team

Director…………………………………………………………………….. Amy Poe

Music Director ………………………………………………… Walter (Bobby) McCoy

Stage Managers ………………. Breezy Johnson and Thomas Kelty

Choreographer…………………………………. Marielle Burt

Technical Director…………………………………. Ben French

Big Fish Lead Cast List

Edward Bloom…………………………………………. Alex Stone

Will Bloom………………………………………. ……… Jack Posey

Sandra Bloom………………………………………….. Rachel Lawhead

Karl………………………………………………………….. Matt Lucero

Amos Calloway………………………………………. Will Stockton

Josephine Bloom…………………………………. Emma Gold

Don Price………………………………………………. Thomas Kelty

Zacky Price…………………………………………… .. Jeffrey Nolan

Helena Doms……………………………………………. The Witch

Nicole Sheehan……………………………………………. Jenny Hill