BCLUW drama department to present "Big Fish"

The cast and crew of “Big Fish,” the BCLUW drama department’s fall musical, pose for a photo at the high school auditorium last week. The show will be presented on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon. (Robert Maharry/The Grundy Register photo) 

It’s been a novel and a Tim Burton movie, and now, it’s coming to the stage in Conrad: the BCLUW drama department will present “Big Fish” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the high school auditorium.


Many of the familiar faces from past productions are back: Ben Paper stars as legendary tall-tale teller Edward Bloom, and Treye Teske is his son Will, who quickly becomes skeptical of the veracity of dad’s stories. The show also features first grader Abel Stephenson—making his big stage debut—as a younger version of Will.


“It’s an amazing story about Edward Bloom’s life, about loving people with your whole heart, about not fearing death and just living, dreaming and acting bigger,” Paper said.


From chasing witches in his youth in Alabama to becoming a war hero, Bloom’s life is full of whoppers, and his friends Karl (Noah Cross), Amos (Lucas Halverson) and Don Price (Coby Willett) figure prominently into his shenanigans. As one might expect, music plays a huge role in setting the scene.


“The music is a really, really big part. In most musicals, music is almost an addition… but in this musical, honestly, it tells the story,” senior Leah Mosher, who plays one of the witches, said. “The majority of the story comes from the music, and so it’s the most crucial part of this show.” 


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