BIG FISH Comes To Downtown Raleigh

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BIG FISH Comes To Downtown Raleigh

Based on the book by North Carolina's own Daniel Wallace and the hit movie - Big Fish tells the story of a father with incredible, larger-than-life stories and his son who is determined to find the truth behind his father's epic tales.

Don't miss this 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 and a funny, heartwarming dialog, Big Fish is a magnificent "big fish" of a tale, itself -- spectacular, fantastical, and overflowing with love. Playing at Kennedy Theatre July 11 - 22.

All shows are at the Kennedy Theatre in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are on-sale and can be purchased at

"I grew up in North Carolina with many "larger than life" personalities," said Eric Woodall, Director of Big Fish. "Those "big fish" made such a powerful impression; inspiring me to dream big, dare and enjoy life. One of my favorite lyrics from this musical is, "Those who face their fears lead the most interesting lives." I can't wait to share this poignant, Southern musical with Theatre Raleigh audiences; encouraging viewers to reflect on the "big fish" who helped shape their own lives."

Big Fish tells the larger-than-life tale of Edward Bloom (Timothy Gulan), a man who leads an extraordinary life-according to the stories he tells his son, Will (Chris Dwan). But Will, who is getting married to Josephine (Mili Diaz) and expecting a child of his own, doesn't think there's any truth to the extravagant tales his father tells about meeting witches (Chanda Branch), kissing mermaids (Lydia Tart) or joining the circus. He doesn't even believe the story of how his father proposed to his mother, Sandra (Lauren Kennedy), in a field full of daffodils. When Edward's health begins to decline, Will visits his father and tries one last time to find out the truth behind the tall tales. As Edward and Will's relationship becomes increasingly strained, Will must decide whether to accept his father's wild stories as fact or risk losing him completely.

Cast & Crew
Edward - Timothy Gulan*
Will - Chris Dwan*
Sandra - Lauren Kennedy*
Jenny Hill - Shanelle Leonard
Witch - Chanda Branch
Girl In The Water - Lydia Tart
Josephine - Mili Diaz*
Zacky - Carlos Alcala
Don Price - Adam Poole
Young Will - Keegan Story
Amos - Areon Mobasher
Karl The Giant - Paul Hinkes
Director - Eric Woodall
Choreographer - Abbey O'Brien
Music Director - Ethan Andersen
Scenic Design - Josh Smith
Lighting Design - Erich Keil
Costume Design - Meg Powers
Wig Design - Elizabeth Printz
Property Design - Tim Domack
Sound Design - Eric Alexander Collins
Production Stage Manager - Scott Winton Wray
*Appears courtesy of Actors Equity Association

The remaining Summer Series:
Master Class (August 8-19)
Inspired by world-renowned opera diva Maria Callas' magnificent Juilliard master class series, the Tony Award-winning play spotlights the tour-de-force artist and vulnerable woman known as La Divina. Join Callas as she relentlessly coaxes, prods, and edifies her young students, motivating them to give the performances of their lives, while revealing her humor, her demons, and her genius.

Once (September 5-16)
Guy meets girl in the smash-hit, award-winning musical. On the streets of Dublin, an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant are drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, an unexpected friendship and collaboration quickly evolve into a powerful but complicated love story.

And don't miss this Fall!
The Rocky Horror Show (October 26-27) Cary's Booth Amphitheatre
Let's do the Time Warp again! Come see what happens when Theatre Raleigh and Cary's Booth Amphitheatre join forces again to present the cult classic The Rocky Horror Show live on stage. Complete with sass from the audience, cascading toilet paper, and an array of other audience participation props, this deliberately kitschy rock 'n' roll sci-fi gothic musical is more fun than ever. Remember It's a jump to the left, and then a step to the right to get the Cary's Booth Amphitheatre.

The mission of Theatre Raleigh, Inc. is to produce work with an artistic scope that includes musical theatre, drama, comedy, concerts, theatre for young audiences, as well as the development of new theatrical projects. Theatre Raleigh, Inc. will nurture a tradition of intimate, professional live performances while enhancing, stimulating and providing opportunities to our community, thus contributing to its vitality.

Theatre Raleigh, Inc. produces a critically-acclaimed Summer Series, Family Series, and Concert Series. This umbrella institution operates with the goal of providing audiences diverse programming in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

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