Big Fish is Fantastical

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Big Fish is Fantastical

     When San Diego County’s premier arts conservatory debuts “Big Fish the Musical” this Friday, starting April 24 through May 3, technical wizardry and professional costuming will support an epic tale, set to song and dance. With beautifully rendered costumes and sets, this San Diego debut of a Broadway musical is being staged by Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA) at Coronado Performing Arts Center at 650 D Avenue.

      Edward Bloom, the main character in Big Fish, has a penchant for telling fantastical stories – and his family and the audience are privy to tall tales that transport us to far flung places and times. The show features more than 100 costumes and 30 cast members changing up to four times throughout the performance. Witch costumes transform into dancing trees and moving lights. Vivid colors and vintage pieces dating from the 1930’s, 40’s, 50’s, 70’s to present day and this larger-than-life story flood theater goers’ imaginations. Upbeat song and dance numbers bring the magic to this epic tale and love story, which Tim Burton brought to the big screen in 2003 in a movie by the same name starring Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney and Jessica Lange.

       “The real challenge of the show is that the central character, Edward, is an amazing story teller and his relationship with facts is sometimes very ‘flexible,’” says costume designer Beth Connelly who lends her expertise to shows at CoSA as well as to professional companies such as Cygnet and Diversionary Theatres. "It was important to get inside the character's head to understand his perspective on things - what's real and what's his fantasy.  This show features characters from swamp witches to circus acts, even a USO Show." Connelly also has the challenge of outfitting Edward's best friend -- a giant, the actor for which has to walk on stilts throughout the performance.

        Connelly works with director Barbara Wolf and technical director Michael McCullock to stage this family-friendly show about the big fish that got away. Performances are Friday, April 24, Saturday, April 25, Friday, May 1, and Saturday, May 2 at 7 PM and Sunday, May 3, at 2 PM. Tickets may be purchased at or at the box office 30 minutes prior to show time.

            Ticket prices are $18 Adults; $14 Senior (65+); $14 Military (Active Duty/Retired); $8 Students (non-CUSD and all College); $6 CUSD Students and Staff. Reserved seating can be arranged for groups of 10 or more (Contact our Box Office at 619.522.4050, ext. 4).