BIG FISH Opens At Hale Centre Theatre this May

BIG FISH Opens At Hale Centre Theatre this May

Opening at Hale Centre Theatre on May 17 and playing through June 30, 2018 is the acclaimed Broadway musical Big Fish. Directed and choreographed by Cambrian James, with Musical Direction by Elizabeth Spencer, Big Fish is a family-friendly, delightful 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 August and directed by Tim Burton.

Big Fish is literally a "big fish" story. Epic tales, family, romance, and relationships are its theme. This family-friendly Broadway musical is just plain old fun and presented in a fashion that reminds us why we go to the theatre. Big Fish tells the larger-than-life story of Edward Bloom, a man who leads an extraordinary life, at least according to the stories he tells his son, Will. Edward is a traveling salesman, never home much, who tells his young son heroic stories of his adventures involving, among other things, a witch, a giant and a mermaid. Everyone who hears his stories are enthralled, especially his wife Sandra. Will, while entertained, is suspicious of his dad's fish stories. Years pass by, and Edward falls ill. With his mortality in question, Will, who is about to become a father himself and having never really known his father, begins in earnest to search out who his father really was and what made him who he is. As Will begins to unravel the threads of the "fish tales" he was told as a youth, he finds beauty and truth in each story and discovers his father truly was the "heroic" man his stories made him out to be. As the story ends, we find that the "apple never really falls far from the tree" with Will, now telling his young son adventurous and heroic big fish tales of his life.

The cast features Chad Campbell (Edward Bloom/Young Edward), Laura Anne Kenney (Sandra Bloom/Young Sandra), Nicholas Gunnell (Will Bloom), Charlie Hall (Young Will), Greta Perlmutter (Josephine Bloom), Kasey Ray (Karl), Taylor Hudson (Amos Calloway), Ashley Jackson (The Witch), Ryan Jordan (Jenny Hill/Young Jenny/Ensemble), Nicholas Hambruch (Don Price/Ensemble), Riley Thornton (Zacky Price/Ensemble), Raymond Barcelo (Dr. Bennet/Ensemble), Nathan Spector (Red Fang/Ensemble), Hunter Cuison (Ensemble), Jeremy Cruz (Ensemble), Audrey Coleman (Ensemble), Carmina Garey (Ensemble), Annalise Decker (Ensemble), Victoria Fairclough (Ensemble),
Audrey Sullivan (Ensemble).

Big Fish is produced by David and Corrin Dietlein. The creative team includes Cambrian James (Director and Choreographer), Elizabeth Spencer (Musical Director), Brian Daily (Set Technical Director), Mary Atkinson (Costume Designer), Tim Dietlein (Lighting Designer), Brian Daily (Master Carpenter), McKenna Carpenter & Monica Christiansen (Scenic Painters & Props), Danny Karapetian (Sound Design), Tia Hawkes (Costume Stitcher), Cambrian James (Wigs and Make-up), Justin Peterson (Stage Manager), Gary Towne (Audio Engineer), Lindsey Leigh Harper (Backstage Manager/Rehearsal Assistant), Taia Joy Flake (Rehearsal Assistant), Jessica Ottley (Production Assistant), Britney Carpenter (Executive Assistant).

SINGLE TICKETS to Big Fish cost $32.00 and are on sale now to the general public. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at (480) 497-1181, or by visiting the Box Office at 50 West Page Ave. in Historic Downtown Gilbert. Discounts are available for children and groups of 10 or more.

PERFORMANCES begin May 17, 2018 and continue through June 30, 2018. Performance times are 7:00 pm for Wednesday and Thursday night performances. Saturday matinees at 3:00 pm with Friday and Saturday night performances starting at 7:30 pm.

LOCATION and PARKING INFORMATION The Hale Centre Theatre is located in the Historic District of Gilbert across the street from the iconic Gilbert Water tower. There are convenient, free parking lots surrounding the theatre. For more detailed directions and parking information, please visit Then simply click on the Information tab and choose Directions and Parking from the pull down menu.

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