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SDPAC’s “Big Fish” musical one week out from opening night


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – The Southern Dance and Performing Arts Company (SDPAC), in association with the Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement (SAFE), will present its next production’s opening night on Thursday, March 10 at the B.B. Comer Memorial High School auditorium.

“Big Fish” is a Broadway musical adaptation of the 1998 Daniel Wallace novel and the 2003 Tim Burton film that was almost entirely shot in Alabama.

Written by John August and Andrew Lippa, “Big Fish” tells the larger-than-life tale of Edward Bloom, a man who leads an extraordinary life – according to the stories he tells his son Will.

Edward’s son Will doesn’t think there is any truth to the extravagant tales his father tells about the people he meets or the places he has been.

He doesn’t even believe the story of how his father proposed to his mother, Sandra.

When his health begins to decline, Will and his new wife Josephine visit Edward and try one last time to find out the truth behind the tall tales.

The stories told by Edward begin to blend with the stories lived by Edward, and Will must decide whether to accept his father’s wild stories as fact or risk losing him completely.

“’Big Fish’ represents the most ambitious characters and story we have attempted to date,” said Patrick McDonald, director of the production. “Our amazing cast has so much to work with in the depth of these characters. Few other musicals will take the audience on as big a ride as this one will. The story and music combine to form something truly larger-than-life.”

The production will run from March 10-19. For the public performance dates (10, 11, 12, 18, and 19), the show has a set start time of 7:00 p.m. There will also be two school show dates (15 and 17) where the cast will perform back-to-back shows for students from all around the surrounding area during the day.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at, calling (256) 249-1669, or at SAFE’s Southern Dance and Performing Arts Company location on 109 N. Broadway Ave. Schools can reserve their tickets by calling (256) 245-1669.

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