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Best of the Week 2020-2021: Excellence in College Prep


The Edwardian Players present "Big Fish, A Broadway Musical" as their second spring performance of the year. 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 traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest…and then 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. Overflowing with heart and humor, "Big Fish" is an extraordinary musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre — for an experience that’s richer, funnier and bigger than life itself. "This show is in memory of our friend, colleague, teacher, and mentor Mr. Jim Wallenhorst '74. This musical is about dreaming big, something that Mr. Wallenhorst inspired us all to do," says Technical Director John Goers '78. "This show presented us with some incredible challenges and opportunities for growth. While rehearsing for our postponed Fall production, 'Exhibit This!' for its performances in March, we were simultaneously building, rehearsing, and preparing for 'Big Fish.' Our dedicated casts and crew members have done a great job with both productions and our seniors are excited to be able to perform both shows before they graduate. Their exceptional leadership inspired all of us to succeed and uphold the saying, 'The show must go on.'" "This show is an incredible story about a son's relationship with his father, and I think it resonates with a lot of people. It's full of big stories, big colors, and big emotion. While working on props for the show, we've acknowledged that this is really the first big show we've done without Mr. Wallenhorst. We really tried to honor him in this production with the props we've put together. I know he would be proud of how hard the students have worked and it's always so impressive to see what our students are able to do," says Campus Minister Cari White. "I've found myself most impressed with how the students have overcome some pretty difficult circumstances to get this show together. Without a ton of rehearsal time, and dealing with masks and social distancing, they've still been able to so beautifully convey the intense emotions in this production and really connect with the audience and each other. It's a true testament to the unbelievable quality of the Edwardian Players and their incredible dedication to go beyond excellence and achieve as close to perfection as I've ever seen." Performances of "Big Fish" will be live-streamed for audiences on Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, April 25 at 3:00 p.m. Click here to purchase your virtual tickets to watch the Edwardian Players perform "Big Fish" live!

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