Penn Yan Drama Club lands the Big Fish

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
The cast of Big Fish, which will be presented March 9 to 12 at Penn Yan Academy.

Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the screenplay by John August, Big Fish, this contemporary Broadway musical, focuses on the strained relationship between Will Bloom (Sophomore Noah Detar) and his father Edward (Junior Zachary Blauvelt). 

Logical, fact-driven Will has always struggled to reconcile the world he sees with the larger-than-life version his father portrays in the stories he tells. When each man receives life-altering news, however, Will decides that it is time to figure out what kind of man his father really is. Guided by his mother Sandra (Senior Corrinn Cincotta) and wife Josephine (Senior Marina Coriale), Will works his way through each of the outrageous stories his father has told him when he was a child (PYE first grader Porter Reynolds), looking for the truth behind the tales. 

Peppered with unforgettable characters like his hometown nemeses, Don and Zacky Price (Junior Dan Falter and Freshman Jacob Eskildsen), his high school love, Jenny Hill (Senior Emily Fingar), his giant best friend, Karl (Sophomore Paul Gaston), eccentric circus ringmaster Amos Calloway (Junior Juan España), and a mysterious witch (Freshman Genna Elliot) who apparently told him how he dies, Edward’s tales unfold on the stage before the audience’s eyes as Will seeks to answer one question: Who is Edward Bloom? 

Big Fish, directed by PYA Chorus and Theatre teacher Jessica Kinsey, will run Thursday, March 9 through Sunday, March 12 in the Penn Yan Academy Auditorium. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows will begin at 7 p.m., with a Sunday Matinee at 2 p.m. Presale tickets are available at Long’s Cards and Books, Milly’s Pantry, and Pinckney Hardware for $7 for students/seniors and $8 for adults. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $8 for students/seniors and $9 for adults.