Auditions for Big Fish: The Musical in Willmar

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The Barn Theatre, 321 4th St SW, Willmar

Big Fish poster, has sillouette of a man walking under big trees, pretty blue sky and landscape

Auditions will be held on March 21st & March 22th at 7:00 pm at The Barn Theatre, 321 4th St SW, Willmar.

Please prepare two contrasting pieces of 16 bars each for the auditions

Dress comfortably because you will be dancing.

Also bring your tap shoes if you have them.

The following are the roles that are available to audition for:

Edward older man (father and beyond, actor ages 35-60). Edward is a charming, charismatic storyteller. A devoted yet absent father nearing the end of his life and wanting to reconnect with his son. He is comfortable in his own skin, but hopes for Will’s approval. He absolutely loves his wife, his son, and telling stories. Needs a big voice and serious character acting. Plays ages ranging from young father to older sick man. Able to move but little real dance.

Young Edwardyoung man (everything before fatherhood, actor age 18-30). Young Edward is an enthusiastic, optimistic, energetic romantic. He needs to steal our hearts and make us buy into the fabulous myths that he enters. He is the quintessential hometown boy hero. Needs a big voice. Plays ages ranging from high school to late 20s/ early 30s. Very good mover .

Sandra older woman (married and beyond, actor ages 25-55). Sandra is patient, calm – the perfect balance to Edwards enthusiasm. She adores and appreciates Edward and tries to bring reconciliation to her husband and son, both of whom she loves. Needs a mellow ballad voice. Very little movement.

Young Sandrayoung woman (before married, actor ages 15-30). Young Sandra is a lovely, sweet, fresh-faced, innocent young girl excited by the possibilities of life. She appreciates Edward’s romantic viewpoint. Needs a big voice, expressive acting ability, and a good bit of dance ability

Will – adult (All but little boy, actor ages 20-30). Will is a critical part of the story. He is an earnest, serious, thoughtful young man wanting to reconnect with his storytelling father, but unable to appreciate Edward’s romantic view of life. He is a successful professional and new husband. He has to able to take us on the journey of understanding and make us believe the complex relationship and final heartfelt embrace of his father’s legacy. Needs a strong tenor voice. No dance. Serious character acting.

Josephine – (actor ages 18-30). Will’s wife. Successful adult, sweet, intelligent, and organically compatible with Will. Josephine acts as the bridge between Edward and Will, explaining the deeper meaning of the stories. Often on stage. No singing. No dance. Serious character acting.

Karl – the Giant. (actor ages 18-40). Edward’s best friend. Karl is shy, exceptionally intelligent, hermitlike, and has a quiet charisma. He needs a booming voice and large personality. Needs to be decently tall, but not a “giant.” Bass voice. Ability to walk on stilts.

Amos – adult male, circus owner (actor ages 30-50). Amos is the rather eccentric, quirky owner of the circus that employs young Edward. He also happens to be a werewolf (in Edward’s tales). Needs an actor able to portray strong, outgoing personality and humor. Sings, but not necessarily great voice. Doesn’t need to move, but good stage presence essential. Character voice.

Witch – adult female (actor age 20-40). Commanding performer with great confidence and storytelling ability. She convinces Edward to pursue a Big Life without fear. Needs belt voice, mezzo soprano. Some dance, could be extensive.

Young Jenny Hill – young cheerleader (actor age 15-30). Edward’s devoted, first girlfriend. She is beautiful, a dreamer, maybe a little blonde. Needs loud belt. Some movement. Also included in ensemble

Adult Jenny Hill – adult (maybe same actress as young Jenny). Very tired, disillusioned version of the younger Jenny. She has dignity and honesty. She is crucial in helping Will understand Edward and Edward’s motivations. No movement, but serious acting needed. Also included in ensemble.

Don Price – (high school, college, and mayor, actor ages 20-45, possibly two actors). Older snarky bully. Sandra’s first fiancé. Needs a bigger than life acting style. Possible movement but not crucial.

Zacky Price – (high school, college, and later, actor ages 20-45). Nerdy brother and shadow of Don Price

Doctor Bennett – considerably older man (actor ages 45-75). Warm, kind, frank, soft-spoken friend and physician of Edward. Needs realistic actor. No singing or dancing necessary.

Red Fang – male, assassin (actor ages 18-28). World War II villain. Needs fight scene movement abilities.

Ashton Mayor – adult male (actor ages 30-60). Typical small town good-guy mayor personality.

Alabama Lambs – two of Sandra’s friends (actors age 15-25). Perform with Sandra at the circus. Needs strong singing and dancing skills.

Fisherman – adult male (actor age 18-35) hometown redneck Needs strong singing and dancing skills

Ensemble — Assorted ages, age 14 and older. All sing and move. Some individuals will do extensive dance, but not all.

If you have any questions about auditions, please contact our Executive Director at or 320.235.9500

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