FREMONT – Midland University students will perform “Big Fish” in Kimmel Theatre on April 27-30. Directed by Midland Performing Arts student Roger Bunnell, the production is the third and final musical of the 2016-17 season.
“There is so much to love about this show,” said Bunnell, a junior secondary education major from Alliance, Nebraska. “The music is incredible and challenging, the many different styles of choreography are fun and exciting to watch, and the story itself will bring tears to your eyes while forcing you to smile.”
“Big Fish” was created for the stage based on the 1998 novel “Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions” and Tim Burton’s film “Big Fish,” starring Ewan McGregor. The story centers on the relationship between Edward Bloom and his son, who searches for what is behind his father’s tall tales. John August and Andrew Lippa created this story in musical form, and it debuted on Broadway in 2013.
“After seeing this show two years ago, I knew I wanted to bring the story back to Midland,” Bunnell said. “Through Midland University Arts and Alpha Psi Omega, our honorary theatre fraternity, I was given the opportunity to tell this story as a just a junior in college. It is an incredible opportunity, and an incredible show that I can’t wait for people to see.”
Tickets to “Big Fish” are $15 for adults and $10 for students. They are available at www.midlandu.edu/big-fish or by calling the Midland University box office at 402-941-6399.
Midland students also are preparing for a “curtain call” of shows. The Midland University Dance Showcase is May 6, the Performing Arts Spring Concert is May 7 and the Jazz Band, Freshtones and Clef Dwellers Show is May 9. Each of these events will be held in Kimmel Theatre