NWSA College Theater Division presents the musical Big Fish

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Big Fish picture of actors.The New World School of the Arts college music theater students take to the stage this month with the Broadway musical Big Fish, under the direction of NWSA faculty member James Randolph, highlighting the artistic talent of the Juniors and Seniors in the BFA program. "This is a great opportunity for the theater BFA students to stay current with what's happening in theater and to discover this piece. It has beautiful contemporary music that reflects southern culture written by one of the better composers working today: Andrew Lippa," said Randolph.
Opening Night for Big Fish is on Friday, February 15; 7:30 PM at Louise O. Gerrits Theater. 25 NE 2nd Street, 8th Floor. Follow-up shows are on February 16, 22 and 23 at 7:30 PM and Sundays, February 17 and 24 at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors. Information at 305-237-3541. Tickets may be purchased online sat http://nwsa.mdc.edu.
Director Randolph goes on to explain in his director's notes, "in all instances it's a story about fathers and sons. There's an old saying 'Never let the truth get in the way of a good story', and that is what the central character of Big Fish Edward Bloom does. Plays are about four things - politics, economics, religion and family. This story hits all of those institutions and shows us the eternal in standing by family. It is said nothing matters so much as blood - and one of the main characters, Will Bloom, discovers that about his relationship with his father Edward."
Five years after Big Fish a Novel of Mythic Proportions, by Daniel Wallace, was published, it was turned into a film called Big Fish directed by Tim Burton and in 2013, Grammy and Tony nominee Andrew Lippa, along with John August, created this version for music theater. "The title reflects many things - sustenance of the heart, soul and body. It's a classy, detailed, heartfelt piece full of rich music and quality writing," highlighted Chris Jones in the Chicago Tribune in 2013.  
About NWSA: A Florida center of excellence in the visual and performing arts, NWSA provides a comprehensive program of artistic, creative and academic development through a curriculum that reflects the rich multicultural state of Florida. With programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater, NWSA offers four-year BFA and BM college degrees, as well as the high school diploma. Through its rigorous curriculum and conservatory-style teaching NWSA empowers its students to become leaders in the arts. New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.
About NWSA’s Theater program: The New World School of the Arts theater program is dedicated to the professional training of talented and committed students interested in pursuing a performing career in theater and music theater, offering students an opportunity to work in a hands-on intensive, physically demanding, artistically challenging and exciting environment. Guided by faculty who are professional actors, directors, playwrights and designers, the curriculum is a progressive journey toward the ownership of a personal technique and a comprehensive methodology of working. The faculty guides the student through the discovery and exploration of self, the learning of diverse techniques used in our craft, intensive rehearsal process, and finally the application of this knowledge into dramatic forms and styles in productions. The NWSA College BFA program culminates each year with showcases in Miami and in New York City. Information about the NWSA Theater program is available by calling 305-237-3260, by visiting http://nwsa.mdc.edu/ or by calling the main office at 305-235-3135.
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