JHS To Present ‘Big Fish: School Edition’ This Month

A scene from the 2023 Jamestown High School musical “Big Fish: School Edition,” which will be presented March 16, 17 and 18. Stavros Singleton as Edward Bloom, pictured at right, addresses the cast during a recent rehearsal. Submitted photo

Jamestown High School will present the musical “Big Fish: School Edition” on Thursday, March 16 and Friday, March 17, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 18, at 2 and 7 p.m. in the Merton P. Corwin Auditorium of JHS, at 350 E. Second St.

The musical, with book by John August and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, is under the direction of Lauren Scharf, with vocal direction by Melissa Beichner, choreography created by Jennie Cross, and pit orchestra direction by Emma Sage.

Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish tells the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest.

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“Big Fish is a big show — there’s a lot of room for a diverse cast,” said Scharf, who has served as musical director since 2017. “There’s a large number of leads and supporting characters in addition to a big ensemble. When going through our options, I really enjoyed the story and structure of the show. We produced a more traditional and serious show last year, and while Big Fish definitely has serious moments and can be sad, there’s an uplifting, happy ending to it.”

The production includes nearly 100 students in the cast, pit orchestra and production crew, led by student stage managers Mikeal Halpainy-Livermore and Arron Loomis and assistant stage manager Anne Conroe.

General admission is $8 and can be purchased at the door or at our.show/jhsbigfish for an additional service fee.


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