BIG FISH Opens NKU Theatre + Dance 2018-2019 Season

NKU_Big Fish promoHIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts Program of Theatre and Dance will launch its 2018-2019 season with the extraordinary musical BIG FISH, which runs Sept. 27 to Oct. 7 in NKU’s Corbett Theatre.

Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed 2003 film directed by Tim Burton, BIG FISH tells the larger-than-life tale of Edward Bloom, a man who leads a full and fantastical life – according to the stories he tells his family. His adult son, Will, who is getting married and expecting a child of his own, is no longer amused by his father’s extravagant tales and is determined to find his father’s “true” life story, once and for all. Overflowing with heart, humor and beautiful music, BIG FISH is a powerful and magical musical about fathers, sons, and the stories that we use to define our identities.

BIG FISH celebrates musical theatre in every way with a gripping family story for all walks of life, heightened in fantasy and beautiful songs. Hidden amidst the dancing choruses, fantasy sequences and grandeur is a rich, heartwarming story about life lessons and new beginnings.

“BIG FISH reminds us of the importance of family,” said director Jamey Strawn. “It is my hope that patrons will leave the theatre, call their parents, tell them they love them, share stories and pass on traditions. Big Fish will make you laugh. It will make you cry. It will not make you uncomfortable, but it will make you want to go hug your parents.”

The NKU cast features Collin Newton (Edward Bloom), Adria Whitfill (Sandra Bloom), Matthew Nassida (Will Bloom), Sara Cox (Josephine Bloom), Charlie Lindeman (Young Will), Chloe Price (Jenny Hill), Alex Slade (Don Price), Trase Milburn (Zacky Price), Sam Johnson (Karl the Giant), Ben Cohen (Amos Calloway), and Ella Rivera (The Witch). The show is directed by Jamey Strawn. Other creative team members include Tracey Bonner (choreography) and Damon Stevens (musical direction). The stage manager is Amy Enzweiler. Assistant stage managers are Natalie Mathis and Kelsie Austin.

Tickets for BIG FISH and all other NKU Theatre + Dance productions are available now. For more information, call the NKU School of the Arts Box Office at (859) 572-5464 or visit

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