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“Big Fish,” not a flop

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Junior Carolyn Gutsch embraces the role of The Witch in 'Big Fish' the musical.

Junior Carolyn Gutsch embraces the role of The Witch in 'Big Fish' the musical.

Ellie Cobb

Ellie Cobb

Junior Carolyn Gutsch embraces the role of The Witch in 'Big Fish' the musical.

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Freshman Maraya Burns could not wait to see some of her best friends perform in the musical, which would debut on Jan. 26. She had heard nothing but great things about it and was looking forward to attending.

“There are some heart-wrenching scenes,” Burns said.

“‘Big Fish’ is about a father and son’s broken relationship and the son trying to figure out who his father really is,” said Chad Nulik, theater director.

Senior Samual Neff, described the backstage atmosphere in his last musical production.

“‘Big Fish’ was an incredibly positive show, especially backstage. Whenever someone would come off [stage], there was a ton of high-fives and then just thumbs-up and smiles,” Neff grinned and recalled. “It was just a wonderful time, backstage and onstage, acting with everybody. It was just a great atmosphere and great community that was made.”

Neff’s favorite scene in ‘Big Fish’ was “anything with Maria [Putzier],” a senior who played the main role of Sandra Bloom. “I Don’t Need a Roof” was his favorite song by far. “It killed me every single time,” Neff said.

When asked what he will miss most about the show, Neff began tearing up. He said that he will miss the camaraderie he felt with everyone in the cast. Because there were such poor conditions to work in, with no dressing rooms and bathrooms, it bonded the cast and crew even further. “I’m gonna miss that [bond] and getting to know all the freshmen that are now my really good friends.”

Neff wants to let people, not involved in theater, know that, “Theater is for everybody. It doesn’t take a specific kind of person to be in theater. It provides the opportunity to get to know a lot of people you wouldn’t necessarily be friends with. It also teaches people a lot of confidence. It doesn’t matter if you are backstage or onstage, you’re a part of the team and that’s great. Theater is just a family and you can be apart of that family, if you want to, and we’ll accept you no matter what.”

“I thought the ‘Big Fish’ show was really great and it really captured all the emotions that were needed,” Sophomore Kora Powers explained. “My favorite scene was when the statue ran off the stage when the flood was coming because, honestly, it adds so much more humor into the story.”

Nulik estimated that at least a thousand people attended the show overall. The audience feedback was “… very positive. Everybody really enjoyed the show, or they at least seemed to. They were obviously a little upset at the end because it was a tear-jerker.”

 

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