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ManeStage Theatre Company

  • ManeStage Theatre Company
  • Non-Union Theater
  • Puyallup, WA
  • Project Begins: Mar 25, 2019
  • Project Ends: May 19, 2019
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  • Contact Person: Evan Hildebrand
  • Primary Phone: 253-447-7645
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  • Prefered method of submission: Email

    Audition Location:
    116 W. Main
    Puyallup, WA 98371

    Submission instructions:
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Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, BIG FISH tells the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. Overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft, BIG FISH is an extraordinary new Broadway musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience that’s richer, funnier and BIGGER than life itself!


Other details:
Non-profit, community theatre.
Big Fish will be ManeStage's 73rd production.
Rehearsals and Performances held at: The Liberty Theatre (Home of ManeStage Theatre Company) 116 W. Main, Puyallup, WA 98371.
Rehearsals held weeknights and a few weekend rehearsals. All cast will not be called at every rehearsal.


Character Breakdown / Project Needs
EDWARD BLOOM – Edward is a charming, charismatic storyteller. A devoted yet absent father nearing the end of his life and wanting to reconnect with his son. As a young man, he leaves his small town in search of adventure. Indentured with a traveling circus, he eventually meets the love of his life, Sandra, and begins family life with their son, Will. But Edward's heart is on the road, where he works as a traveling salesman. Edward maintains his tall tales are true — which in a way, they are, as a reflection of the way he sees the world and wants his son to live. Comedy and charisma are essential. Edward is a storyteller. (Vocal Range: Strong Baritone/Tenor G2-G4, Age Range 30-45)

SANDRA BLOOM – Edward's wife, the love of his life. She is patient and calm, the perfect balance to Edward’s enthusiasm. She adores and appreciates Edward and tries to bring reconciliation to her husband and son, both of whom she loves.
(Vocal Range: Mezzo Soprano with mix/belt G3-E5, Age Range 30-45)

WILL BLOOM– Will is a critical part of the story. He is an earnest, serious, thoughtful young man wanting to reconnect with his storytelling father, but unable to appreciate Edward’s romantic view of life. He is a successful professional and a new husband. He has to be able to take us on the journey of understanding and make us believe the complex relationship and final heartfelt embrace of his father’s legacy. (Vocal Range: Tenor C#3-G4, Age Range 25-35)

YOUNG WILL  – The young version of Will is intrigued by his father's stories, but already starts to doubt their truth. With his father always on the road, he feels he is the man of the house. (Vocal Range B below middle C to octave above middle C, Age Range 8-12)

JOSEPHINE BLOOM – Will’s lovely and funny wife. She is pregnant through most of the story. She's charmed by Edward, and happily inserts herself into his stories. She is successful, sweet, intelligent, and organically compatible with Will. Josephine acts as the bridge between Edward and Will, explaining the deeper meaning of the stories.
(Vocal Range: Mezzo Soprano Mix/Belt to C#5, Age Range 20-35)

THE WITCH – Commanding female performer with great confidence and storytelling ability. Proprietress of a backwoods gin joint; also sells fortunes for 50 cents. When she meets Edward Bloom, she immediately knows he's special. She convinces Edward to pursue a Big Life without fear. The Witch is a powerful and tragic.
(Vocal Range: Mezzo-Soprano/Belter to F5, Age Range 20-40) 

KARL THE GIANT – Edward’s best friend. Karl is shy, exceptionally intelligent, sad-sack loner, and has a quiet charisma. He needs a booming voice and a large personality. Should be 6’2 or taller and will use stilts for part of the show. 
(Vocal Range Bass A3-D4, Age Range 25-50)

AMOS CALLOWAY – Amos is the rather eccentric, quirky owner of the circus that employs young Edward. He also happens to be a werewolf (in Edward’s tales). Needs an actor able to portray strong, outgoing personality and humor.
(Vocal Range: Bariton C3-F5, Age Range 30-50)

DON PRICE – A snarky bully. Sandra’s first fiancé.  
(Vocal Range: Baritone C3-F#4, Age Range 20-45) 

JENNY HILL – Edward’s devoted, first girlfriend. She is beautiful, a dreamer.  (Vocal Range: Mix/Belt to E5, Age Range 18-30)

DR. BENNETT– Edward’s physician, the experienced and wise country doctor, Edward’s contemporary. (Strong actor, Age Range 40+)

ZACKY PRICE – Nerdy brother and shadow of Don Price.  
(Vocal Range: Tenor to Ab, Age Range 20-45)

ENSEMBLE- Strong singer/movers and singer/dancers that are used HEAVILY in the show and are a very integral part of the story and will play many roles including: The Girl in the Water, Alabama Lambs, Mayor, Fisherman, Red Fang, Will’s Young Son, USO Dancers, Cowgirls and Cowboys, Circus Performers, Townsfolk, Dancers, etc. (Ages 8+, Tap, ballet, stage combat, acrobats experience a plus but not required.) *children’s ensemble will be very small

Audition/Interview Dates:
February 26th by appointment only

Callbacks or second audition/interview?
Invitational Callbacks are February 28th

Audition Requirements:
Bring a current headshot and resume to leave with the panel. Prepare one song selection, no longer than one verse and one chorus/one minute (approximately 16-32 bars) of sheet music from the musical theatre canon. Accompanist will be provided. Accompanist will not transpose music. No taped accompaniment or singing acapella permitted.

Monetary compensation:
All cast and crew are volunteers.

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