What if I said that you could change the world with just one thought?
That’s the line from a father to son as tells him stories in the musical BIG FISH, the smash Broadway musical, which opened last night in Oak Lawn and runs for six performances over two weekends.
This exhilarating musical follows the life of an Alabama father named Edward Bloom who has spent his life telling “stories” of his epic adventures to his son Will, stories which take you to meet a mermaid, a witch who predicts his future, a giant he rescues, and a clever circus ringmaster.
Through energetic music and big dance numbers, we follow the story of a son now embarking on his own journey to see who his ailing father really is. He uncovers a mystery about his father’s past, revealing what kind of a dad he truly was. It is a very moving musical that overflows with heart, humor and serves as a tribute to the power of family, of dreaming big, and adventure itself.
The role of Edward Bloom is played by Dave Heilmann and his son young Will is played by Joey Heilmann and Aidan Edwards in alternating casts. Scott Sowinski, who has performed professionally for years and toured in Les Miserables, is playing the role of Will as an adult. Shayne Kennedy (Oak Lawn resident and playwright) plays the role of Sandra Bloom, the wife of Edward.
The musical features Sara Martin (narrator “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”) as the Witch, Gerry Dedera (former professional actor) as Ringmaster Amos Calloway, Kelsey Bischoff as the mermaid, and Sean Rhead as the Giant.
Oak Lawn is well represented on the stage. Lauren Montesano, former Oak Lawn High School standout stars as Jenny Hill, the first love of Edward Bloom. She heads up a strong cast of Oak Lawn talent, including Reagan Pender, Jacob Montesano, Claire Barry, Frankie Mulhall, Amelia Kennedy, Natalie and Mikey Heilmann, Sarah Aubin, Lynn Von Bruchhauser, and Erin Cunnea.
The show was directed by Oak Lawn resident Dawn Schnolis, a veteran performer and also the head of dance instruction and choreography for the Oak Lawn Park District. She is assisted by Scott Podraza, a longtime veteran of Oak Lawn productions and manager for Annual Giving at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. 6 performances only Oak View Center: last night, tomorrow (Aug 1), Sunday (Aug 2) and August 7-9. Tickets 857-2200.
The Oak Lawn theatre program has won numerous national and state awards. Don’t miss a great evening of entertainment right here in your own back yard.