Kelsey Casting Call: “Big Fish”


Playful Theatre Productions has announced auditions for their 2017 Kelsey Theatre  production of Big Fish. Wanna audition? Good! Here is everything you need to know!

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This is a non-union, non-paid production.

About the Show

Edward Bloom has lived a full and fantastical life, populated by witches, giants, and mermaids, marked by true love that stops time in its tracks, and framed by heroics that push the limits of believability. His adult son, Will, is no longer amused by his father’s fantastical tales, insisting on a rational rather than a fantastical account of one’s life. When Edward’s health declines, and Will learns that he and his wife, Josephine, will have a son of their own, Will decides to find out his father’s “true” life story, once and for all. Big Fish is a heartfelt, powerful, and truly magical musical about fathers, sons, and the stories that we use to define our identities. With spine-tinglingly beautiful music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, and a funny, heartwarming book by John August, Big Fish is a magnificent “big fish” of a tale, itself — spectacular, fantastical, and overflowing with love.

In this staging of Big Fish, the bulk of the instrumental accompaniment will be provided by the onstage cast. Accordingly, Playful is seeking especially actors with instrumental ability – brass and woodwinds, percussion, guitar, keyboard/piano, and strings in particular – who are willing to lend their talents in this area along with acting, singing, and dancing. Importantly, instrumental ability is not required for all roles or any particular roles, but is advantageous for any role.

Audition Dates

Auditions and callbacks will be held in the Communications (CM) building adjacent to Kelsey Theatre. (On the campus of Mercer County Community College – 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, NJ)

  • Saturday, September 24 from 11am-4pm
  • Sunday, September 25 from 12:30pm-4pm
  • Invited Callbacks: Thursday, September 29

Production Company & Creative Team

  • Presented by Playful Theatre Productions
  • Directed by Frank Ferrara
  • Music Direction by Shannon Ferrara and Mike Gilch

Performance Dates & Location

  • All performances will take place inside The Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College
  • Performance Dates:
    • Friday, March 31st at 8pm
    • Saturday, April 1st at 8pm
    • Sunday, April 2th at 2pm
    • Friday, April 7th at 8pm
    • Saturday, April 8th at 8pm
    • Sunday, April 9th at 2pm

How To Sign-up

  • In order to minimize wait times, audition appointments are very strongly recommended.
  • To make an appointment, CLICK HERE or call 609-785-5274.

Audition Prep

  • All auditioners are asked to prepare one complete song from musical theatre, and to bring sheet music in the correct key; an accompanist will be provided.
  • All auditioners should be prepared to dance at the initial audition.
  • Anyone wishing to include a musical instrument is asked to additionally prepare a 16-32 measure piece (any style) on their instrument of choice that demonstrates their ability and range; this piece need not be memorized and music stands will be provided.


All roles are open. CLICK HERE to see a list of the show’s characters.

How To Sign-up

  • In order to minimize wait times, audition appointments are very strongly recommended.
  • To make an appointment, CLICK HERE or call 609-785-5274.

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