|This Week’s Author|
This week’s BIG FISH update is written by senior Brooklyn Casburn. Brooklyn is the ITS Troupe 5623 Vice-President and portraying the role of Sandra Bloom in this season’s production of BIG FISH.
Exciting events are happening at Gibson Southern Theatre with their production of Big Fish. As soon as Vaudeville ended, students worked hard to prepare for their auditions. The students were thrilled to see the cast list and after two weeks of preparing for their parts, rehearsals began.
The first day returning from break, the cast had their full read through of the show. The students were supportive and very excited to see the work everyone put into their character. Jake Decker, who portrays the role of Edward Bloom said, “I loved seeing everyone’s character and the roles they had been working on over break. I look forward to seeing the growth of the show from the first rehearsal to show weekend!”
On Monday there was a full cast rehearsal working on vocals and then a read through for the first four scenes Mr. Bledsoe chose for week 1. The students also created their cubbies and started giving each other notes of encouragement. Tuesday night they blocked the four scenes and Wednesday night was the first night of choreography. Our Dance Choreographer, Loni Prater, came to teach everyone the full cast number, “Be The Hero”. The cast had a blast learning their first dance. This Saturday the students have their first workday and will be working on creating our sets and costumes. There will also be an accent workshop ran by Mrs. Kathy Parks, to learn the Alabama accents that will be used in the show.
Overall, the first week of Big Fish was an absolute success! Gibson Southern Theatre is enthusiastic about continuing the process and cannot wait for audiences to see the final product. Mark your calendars to witness the magic of Big Fish with performances on March 17-19, 2023. Follow the cast and crew adventures for the next nine weeks to witness the musical process and fun behind-the-scenes action!