BPHS to Present ‘Big Fish,’ March 13-16

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Hooking an uncatchable fish, thwarting a sniper’s attack, saving a town, joining a circus, and proposing marriage to a woman he’s barely met. Those are just a few tall tales Edward Bloom shares with his son, Will, who doesn’t believe any of it in the musical production “Big Fish.” Bethel Park High School welcomes audiences to hear these yarns and to believe, March 13-16.

Bloom has lived a full and fantastical life in the story, or so he’d have us believe. His tales are populated by witches, giants, and mermaids, marked by true love that stops time in its tracks and framed by heroics that push the limits of believability. His adult son, Will, is no longer amused by his father’s unbelievable tales, insisting on a rational rather than a fantastical account of one’s life.

When Edward’s health declines and Will learns that he and his wife, Josephine, will have a son, Will decides to find out his father’s “true” life story, once and for all. Big Fish is a heartfelt, powerful, and magical musical about fathers, sons, and the stories we use to define our identities. With spine-tinglingly beautiful music, Big Fish is a magnificent “big fish” of a tale- spectacular, fantastical, and overflowing with love. 

Mr. Todd Kuczawa, a chorus teacher at the school, and a talented team of directors, including Jay McDowell, Julia Davin, Paige Landay, Heather Fontana and Chris Plummer will lead the two-cast production.

Kuczawa is quick to acknowledge that this year’s show is a big departure from the past few Bethel Park has staged, including “The Addams Family,” “Cinderella,” and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

According to Kuczawa, when selecting the musical each year, he takes into consideration a host of factors, including the skills and abilities of students who have participated in the musical in the past, the interests of the students, the tastes of the community, and most importantly, he looks for a musical that might speak to the audiences’ hearts. “‘Big Fish’ is an exciting and challenging new musical with big, colorful, energetic dance numbers, but at its core is a very poignant story about family and how to live life to the fullest,” he said.

Reserve Your Seats Here

Bethel Park is again partnering with South Hills-based eServices Technology, which has developed a more convenient way for guests to purchase tickets to the school district’s live events. All seating for the show is reserved at $10 per ticket, plus fees, and are sold electronically through the school district’s website. The school used the same system last year.

The electronic tickets will be sold based on availability, including the event night. As with many concerts and professional sporting events these days, no physical tickets will be sold in advance or in person at the door.

Should you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Tracy Celletti at 412-854-8514 or by email at [email protected]