“Big Fish” makes a big splash

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When Max Brown first announced that the musical this year would be “Big Fish”– a new musical adaptation of the 2003 film of the same name– many students and teachers alike were skeptical about whether the story could be successfully brought to a high school stage. After opening night, however, all doubts disappeared. The show, which revolves around a dying father and the son who is trying to understand him through his stories, opened last night to outstanding reviews.

“I had seen [the film] ‘Big Fish’ and thought it might be very difficult to bring to a high school stage—I was so wrong! It was an absolute delight!” AP English Language and writer’s workshop teacher Susie Whitfield said. “The acting, the dancing, the singing, the orchestra, the costumes, the lights, the elephants— so professional!  And only BVN could have done this.”

Shelly Weir, who teaches AP English Literature and contemporary communications, added, “Big Fish is beautiful, touching. After the play, a fellow colleague and I commiserated in the parking lot how we cried through the play after intermission–a life-affirming cry, a ‘this is why I teach cry,’ an ‘I love the beauty of life’ cry. I will be so bold to say, this is my favorite musical produced at Blue Valley [North] that I have ever seen.  This isn’t your typical high school musical – this is so much more. If you haven’t made plans to see this year’s musical, then make those plans today.”

“Big Fish” has two more performances scheduled at 7 p.m. on Feb. 6 and Feb. 7. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door for $8.