The Cabrillo High School Performing Arts program will wrap up its run of the musical “Big Fish” with the final four performances scheduled through this weekend.
The shows will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and will conclude with two shows, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., on Saturday. All the performances will be held in Cabrillo High School’s Little Theater, 4350 Constellation Road.
Advance tickets are $10, while tickets at the door will be $15. Tickets are available for purchase at Wild West Pizza (1137 North H St.), Lompoc Valley Florist (1026 North H St.) and at the Cabrillo High activities office.
The show is billed as a “father and son story of mythic proportions.” It features a book by John August and music/lyrics by Andrew Lippa. It is based on the 1998 novel “Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions” by Daniel Wallace and the 2003 Tim Burton-directed film, “Big Fish.”
The stage show focuses on the stories of Edward Bloom (played by Joshua Tulier and Kai Rosales, depending on Bloom’s age), who has had a fantastical life. During his journeys, he has met witches, giants, assassins and mermaids. But, his best story was the amazing love-at-first-sight meeting of his wife, Sandra (played by Shelby Wuitschick and Kaitlyn Chui).
Edward’s son, Will (Luke Nothstein and Kaden Jones), has never been amused by his father’s tales and instead wants a life that is grounded in rational thought and reality. Upon hearing that his father’s health is declining, Will decides to find out the true story about his father so that he can share it with his wife, Josephine (Alexis Haddock), and their baby that is on the way.
The story goes back and forth between modern day Alabama and flashbacks of Edward’s youth.
“'Big Fish' is a beautiful, heartfelt story of family, acceptance and defining our identity as we grow up,” read a portion of a release from Cabrillo High School. “This ‘Big Fish’ tale will warm your heart, and make you laugh and cry.”
The show is produced and vocal directed by Jennifer Peterson, a Cabrillo choir and theater teacher, and directed/choreographed by Rebecca Jones. Lara Schmeiser is technical director.