Fab Nobs is excited to announce it’s production team for their March/April production of ‘Big Fish’!
Big Fish (Small Cast Edition) is the new, small-cast version of the Broadway musical. 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 travelling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and them 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.
Big Fish is a heartfelt, powerful, and truly magical musical about family and the stories that we use to define our identities. With spine-tinglingly beautiful music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, and a funny, heartwarming book by John August, Big Fish is a magnificent “big fish” of a tale, itself — spectacular, fantastical, and overflowing with love.
Director – Sarah Tierney
Musical Director – Sally McKenzie
Choreographer/Assistant Director – Tess Howieson
Production Manager – Colin Morley
Tues 5th November (Cup Day) –5-7pm
Tues 5th Nov (Cup Day) – 7:30-10:30pm
Sun 10th Nov – 9:30am-1pm
Call backs – Tuesday 12th Nov 7:30-10:30pm
Production Week & Performance Dates
All rehearsals and performances will take place at the Fab Factory – 33 Industry Place Bayswater.
Sunday 15th March – Full Day rehearsal including Sitz Probe
Mon 16th March -6:30pm – 11pm (TBC)
Tuesday 17th March – 6:30pm – 11pm (TBC)
Wednesday 18th March – Piano Dress Rehearsal
Thursday 19th March – Full Dress Rehearsal with Band
Friday 20th March – Full Dress Rehearsal with Band
Saturday 21st March – 8pm
Sunday 22nd March – 5pm
Thursday 26th March – 8pm
Friday 27th March – 8pm
Saturday 28th March – 2pm
Saturday 28th March – 8pm
Monday 30th March – 8pm
Thursday 2nd April- 8pm
Friday 3rd April – 8pm
Saturday 4th April – 8pm
Sun 24th Nov – 1-5pm
Tues 26th Nov – 7:30-10:30pm
Wed 27th Nov – 7:30-10:30pm
Sunday 1st Dec – 1-5pm
Tues 3rd Dec – 7:30-10:30pm
Thurs 5th Dec – 7:30-10:30pm
Sun 8th Dec – 1-5pm
Tues 10th Dec – 7:30-10:30pm
Thurs 12th Dec – 7:30-10:30pm
Tuesday and Thursday night and Sunday afternoon rehearsals
Thurs 9th Jan 7:30-10:30pm
Sunday 12th Jan – **10am-5pm**
Tues 14th Jan – 7:30-10:30pm
Thurs 16th Jan – 7:30-10:30pm etc until 15th March
There may be additional rehearsals called however you will be given ample notification of these.
Tuesday 5th auditions will take place at Aspect Motion School of Dance, 8/21 Power Road, Bayswater.
Sunday 10th auditions will take place at Boronia West Primary School, Tormore Road, Boronia.
Call-backs will be held at the Fab Factory, 33 Industry Place, Bayswater.
Once you have booked an audition you will receive an online audition booking form. Any unavailability during the rehearsal period must be included on the form.
Auditionees (apart from Young Will) must be 18 years or older at the time of their audition.
Please prepare two contrasting songs in the style of the show. At least one of the songs must show character and story-telling. Please note that you may not be asked to sing the second song.
There will be an audition pianist present – please bring sheet music in a display folder, with any cuts or changes clearly marked and ensure it is in the correct key. iPads and tablets will not be accepted. No backing tracks or acapella.
If you are auditioning for a particular character, please look closely at vocal range required and ensure your audition song clearly demonstrates your ability to sing the role.
You may be asked to do a cold read at the time of your audition. We will require a general American accent for this read,and are aware you have not seen the script before; allowances will be made for this. Some characters in the show will require a Southern American Accent.
All auditionees are required to attend the movement component of the auditions. NO special shoes are required but please ensure you are in comfortable clothes that allow you to move well.
There may be a callback component to the auditions, which we will notify you of soon after your initial vocal audition. You will be sent material to prepare for these call backs, and it is expected that you have familiarized yourself with the show prior to these call backs.
Please note that if a casting decision is clear from the auditions already completed we will not conduct call backs for that role.
• Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your start time in order to converse with our accompanist and look through script excerpts for a ‘cold read’
• Please familiarise yourself with the style of music and dialogue in the show
• Any rehearsal unavailability must be clearly stated in the section of the online audition form provided.
• All cast members will be required to have or acquire a current Working With Children’s Check.
• For our records, the audition may be filmed (footage erased immediately after casting).
• If accepted into the cast, memberships and show fees total $130, payable within the first month of rehearsals.
• Cast will also be expected to provide or purchase minimal costume items including shoes, stockings, and basic stage makeup.
• This is an unpaid opportunity.
Fab Nobs supports colourblind casting and welcomes performers of all genders, nationalities and body type to audition.
Please note character ages provided in brackets are advisory.
Edward Bloom: (Male 35-60) Edward is a charming, charismatic storyteller, an optimist and a romantic who leads a complex imaginary life. He is a travelling salesman, a loving husband and devoted, yet absent father who struggles in the final act as he faces his own mortality. Plays himself in flashbacks from teenage years through to present day.
Songs: (G2 – G4) Be The Hero, I Know What You Want, Out There on the Road, Time Stops, Closer to Her, Daffodils, Fight the Dragons, The River Between Us, Start Over, Start Over (Reprise), What’s Next, How It Ends
Sandra Bloom (Female 35-60) Sandra is a loving wife and mother. She appreciates Edward’s vivid imagination and is excited by the possibilities of life. She is patient and wise and adores and appreciates her family, desperately hoping to restore the relationship between her husband and her son. Plays herself in flashbacks from young adult through to present day.
Songs: (G3-E5) Magic in the Man, Little Lamb from Alabama, Time Stops, Daffodils, I Don’t Need a Roof
Will Bloom (Male 18-35) Will is Edward’s son, an earnest, thoughtful and practical young man. A newly married man and father to be, he is desperate to connect with his own father on a deeper level and understand the stories of his past. His journey of reconciliation with his father is the story of the musical.
Songs: (C#3-G4) Stranger, Magic in the Man, Stranger (Reprise), The River Between Us, What’s Next, Be the Hero (Reprise)
Josephine Bloom (Female 18-35) Will’s wife; successful, sweet, intelligent, and organically compatible with Will. Josephine acts as the bridge between Edward and Will, explaining the deeper meaning of the stories. With Sandra, she supports and helps guide Will’s journey toward reconciliation with his father.
Songs: (G3-C#5) Magic in the Man
Karl (Male) Karl is shy, exceptionally intelligent, hermit- like, and has a quiet charisma. He is one of Edward’s close friends who appears in his fantasy stories as a ‘beastly’ giant who transforms from an outcast to a highly successful businessman. Base voice an advantage.
Songs: (A2-D4) Out There on the Road, Start Over
Amos Calloway (Male) Amos is the rather eccentric, greedy and quirky owner of the circus that employs young Edward. He appears in Edward’s tales as a werewolf. He begins as Edward’s tormentor but then, through Edward’s acceptance, he accepts himself and becomes highly successful.
Songs: (C3-G4) Closer to Her, Start Over
Don Price (Male 20-35) Edward’s childhood frenemy, an early buddy, bully and rival for Sandra’s hand. He is a self-important and jealous man who grows up to become the mayor of Ashton. Plays himself in flashbacks from high-school age to adult.
Songs: (C3-F#4) Out There on the Road & Start Over
The Witch (Female) The earliest and most fantastic of Edward’s ‘imaginary’ acquaintances. She convinces Edward to pursue a life without fear by helping him overcome the fear of death. She is captivating, intimidating and has a commanding presence. Singing requires a strong belt.
Songs: (F3-F5) I Know What You Want
Jenny Hill (Female 18-35) Edward’s high-school girlfriend and cheerleader. She is a dreamer and devoted to Edward, but becomes disillusioned and lonely in adult life. She is an honest character who is crucial in helping Will understand Edward and his motivations.
Songs: (Db4-E5) Jenny Hill, Out There On The Road
Dr. Bennett (Male 40+) A perceptive, intelligent and caring man. He is the experienced and wise country doctor and no-nonsense friend of Edward’s.
Young Will (Male 7-12) Will is Edward’s son, a smart and practical young boy. He gives insight into what it was like for Will as a young boy growing up with his father and listening to Edward’s tall tales in the earlier flashback scenes.
Songs: (F4-C5) Be The Hero, Fight the Dragons
Zacky Price (Male 18-35) Zachy is the nerdy, awkward younger brother and ‘shadow’ of Don Price. Plays himself in flashbacks from high-school to adult.
Songs: (G3-F#4) Start Over
The ensemble are featured in the musical and play the various characters from Edward’s past and the larger-than-life characters in his fantastic tales. These roles include the Alabama Lambs, the Fisherman, the Mermaid, Townspeople, Circus performers, Witches, Guests, College Students, Nurse, etc.