Big Fish makes a spectacular splash

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Photo by: Rae Gray

THE SMOOCH OF A LIFETIME: After three years of waiting, Edward Bloom played by junior Jaden Davis, finally finds the love of his life, Sandra, played by senior Gillian Griffis. He worked for a circus master during those three years and every month he would give him a clue of his mystery girls identity, with his last clue being that she loved daffodils. “Before walking on stage for daffodils I take a second to get in character and fall in love with this man in front of me,” Griffis said. “And the music carries me away to the last second and just like any other piece of blocking, we kiss.”

Rae Gray, Photo Editor

Fine arts works hard to put on their whimsical musical

As the lights flicker in the theater signaling to the buzzing audience that the show is ready to commence, the actors ready themselves for a show of a lifetime.

Technical managers and actors had spent countless nights at rehearsals and hours perfecting the show. Through countless rehearsals and late nights, participating in the musical is not for the faint hearted.

“It takes a different level of dedication just as much as you would put into a sport,” senior Eric Larson said. “This is also something where you should train like an athlete, and where you should be at these rehearsals at these work days working hard to make the show, the best it can be.”

Working on the musical from 6-10 p.m. every night is not an easy task, and juggling everything is even harder. Senior Kamryn Morales has created her own method to working around the madness.

“I think after doing it for four years I’ve kind of figured out what works for me,” Morales said. “I never stopped doing something during lunch or during FIT or during any sort of free time I always have to find time and  make sure that I’m doing something because I know that I’m never going to have downtime.”

With those countless rehearsals comes a unique bond that the participants in the musical have with each-other.

“It’s a really special bond that you get whenever you spend so much time with people,” Morales said. “You  get to see something that is just words and music on a piece of paper, and bring it to life and make something so emotional and beautiful. Getting to do with your friends, is just incredible.”

Larson who plays Edward Bloom, the father with a bigger-than-life personality, believes that the audience was able to form a special bond with the story.

“I think that Big Fish really  captivated the audience because it is a story that people can relate to,” Larson said. “A father-son relationship that isn’t quite there, and all of the self discovery that comes with it.”

As well as a captivating story line, the cast of Big Fish created strong bonds with one another to draw the audience in to the story they were portraying.

“Big Fish was centered around a family, and focused on a lot of relationships,” junior Jaden Davis said. “I think that by us forming a bond with one another we were able to make a more genuine performance.”

For our leaving seniors, Big Fish was a big deal, and gave them the chance for one last performance.

“I saw all of my friends crying because the show was over,” Larson said. “The audience couldn’t see me so I was able to get to all of them and have a special moment with each of them. That was important because it was my last night as a senior to do this.”