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Sunday
Nov272016

Meet Meghan Randolph and Nick Narcisi, cast members of BIG FISH

 

Four Seasons Theatre and Theatre LILA present BIG FISH, December 2–11 at The Playhouse at Overture.  Performances are Thursday, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Edward Bloom never wanted an ordinary life, so he learned to explore his imagination. His incredible stories thrill everyone around him—except his son Will, who insists on separating fact from fiction. As Edward’s final chapter approaches, Will embarks on his own journey to find out who his father really is, slowly uncovering the man behind the myth and the nugget of truth in each tall tale. 

Tickets ($35 adults, $20 students) are available at the Overture Center Box Office at (608) 258-4141 or online at http://www.overturecenter.org

 

Meghan Randolph (Witch) is the founder and executive director of Music Theatre of Madison (www.mtmadison.com), a local professional theater that has presented a dozen Wisconsin premieres of contemporary musicals. Credits include the national tour of CATS and work as a performer and director with MTM, Forward Theater, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Four Seasons Theatre, Madiso n Opera, CTM, TAPIT/New Works, Middleton Players, Strollers, and more. She holds a BFA in musical theater from the University of Michigan.

Nick Narcisi (Karl the Giant/Ensemble) is an actor based in Milwaukee. He recently finished touring around Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Washington, and North Dakota with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks. He has also worked with the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, the Great River Shakespeare Festival, Riverside Theatre (Iowa City), and Theatre Red. He was last seen as Salvador Dali in Truepenny Theater's Dali's Liquid Ladies. Special shout out to KMC for her love and support. For more information visit www.nicknarcisi.com.

Sunday
Nov272016

Meet Stephen Scott Wormley and Elijah E. Edwards, our Will and Young Will

Four Seasons Theatre and Theatre LILA present BIG FISH, December 2–11 at The Playhouse at Overture.  Performances are Thursday, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Edward Bloom never wanted an ordinary life, so he learned to explore his imagination. His incredible stories thrill everyone around him—except his son Will, who insists on separating fact from fiction. As Edward’s final chapter approaches, Will embarks on his own journey to find out who his father really is, slowly uncovering the man behind the myth and the nugget of truth in each tall tale. 

Tickets ($35 adults, $20 students) are available at the Overture Center Box Office at (608) 258-4141 or online at http://www.overturecenter.org

 

Stephen Scott Wormley (Will Bloom) Off-Broadway in Black Nativity Now, and in the international tours of Disney on Classic with the Tokyo Philharmonic, Les Misérables (Marius), Symphony of The Mountains; Hairspray (Seaweed), John Waters and the Baltimore Symphony; and Can I Sing For You Brother?, one man show at the Marquette University Helfaer Theatre. Regionally he has been seen in Les Misérables (Marius); Tarzan (Terk), Barter Theatre; Jelly's Last Jam; Hairspray (Helen Hayes Award) Signature Theatre; Once on This Island, Olney Theatre Centre; Suessical and Diary of a Worm (Fly) at First Stage Theater; and SNOW (world premiere), Spirit of Broadway Theatre. www.StephenScottWormley.com

 

 

Elijah E. Edwards (Young Will) is extremely proud to be joining the cast of Big Fish. A finalist in the 2016 Overture's Rising Stars Competition, Elijah lives in Madison with his family and is a sixth grader at Glacier Creek Middle School. He enjoys running cross country and playing the trombone. 

Wednesday
Nov232016

Meet Clare Arena Haden and Scott Haden, our Sandra and Edward Bloom

BIG FISH features real-life husband and wife Clare Arena Haden and Scott Haden as Sandra and Edward Bloom. Clare was most recently seen in Forward Theater Company's production of Silent Sky and Theatre LILA's The Suitcase dreams while Scott recently played the Balladeer in Four Seasons Theatre's production of Assassins.

 

Clare Arena Haden (Sandra Bloom) is excited with her debut production with Four Seasons, and she is grateful to return to Theatre LILA after performing in The Suitcase Dreams. She received her MFA in acting from UW-Madison and currently teaches performance techniques for the School of Nursing there. She was last seen on stage in Forward Theater's Silent Sky and is a proud member of AEA, VASTA, and TESOL. Thank you to our families for making this dream a reality!

Scott Haden (Edward Bloom) is thrilled to join Theatre LILA and Four Seasons! Scott has enjoyed acting for theaters across the country, including American Players Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Writers’ Theatre (Jeff Nomination), Children’s Theatre of Madison, Madison Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, and Theatre at the Center. He is a member of Actors’ Equity, and is proud to serve as the Communications Director at Forward Theater Company in Madison. 

Interview with Clare Arena Haden, courtesy of BIG FISH co-producer Theatre LILA:
How did you get the parts of an onstage couple in BIG FISH?
We knew Scott was going to play Edward Bloom.  I wasn't going to audition at all, and then (director) Jessica Lanius asked if I would consider looking at the part of Sandra Bloom. We discussed it, and decided that even though it might be difficult for our family to juggle babysitting and rehearsals, we couldn't pass up an opportunity like this. 
 
Have you been cast together in plays before?
We've had a chance to do that in a few productions:  Cancer Stories with Wisconsin Story Project, Main Traveled Roads at Milwaukee Chamber Theater, and It's a Wonderful Life at Children's Theater of Madison. 

What's it like? Fun? Nerve-wracking?
I adore working with Scott. Getting the chance to fall in love over and over again is the best, and watching him command a role like this reminds me why I fell for him in the first place. Seeing him in his element, doing what he loves, is the best.  
 
What drew you to this project? 
I've always loved the movie (it's probably my favorite Tim Burton film), and the combination of the story and the music is just incredible. It's such a universal theme -- to borrow a bit from Hamilton: An American Musical, "When we die, how will we be remembered? Who will tell our story?"
 
The relationship between father and son goes straight to the heart.  It's about family, love, legacy, life, death, memory, magic, fantasy... and fish. What's not to like?
 
Do you have a favorite song or scene in the play? 
I'm looking forward to "Time Stops" because it takes me back to the first time I met Scott, on the steps of the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre in Grand Lake, Colorado.  The song actually captures what it was like for me perfectly.  I think I even saw a little glimmer in his eye that day. . .maybe it was our son Ben.
 
So, why would you recommend BIG FISH to Madison audiences?
I think everyone can relate to this show and will find it both delightful and poignant. It bounces around from the present to the past, and the audience is trying to figure out what is really true along with Will, Edward's son.  The memories are fantastical, vivid, touching, and larger-than-life... all prompted by the need to truly know the hero, Edward, and ultimately to be able to say goodbye and keep his memory alive.  I haven't been able to get through a reading or listening of it yet without crying.  That's a good sign.
Wednesday
Nov182015

An Interview with Alex Van Handel, our Giuseppe Naccarelli

Alex Van Handel is portraying Giuseppe Naccarelli in FST’s THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, running December 4-13 in the Overture Center’s Playhouse.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a proud Wisconsinite, and I moved to Madison about a year and a half ago. I’m currently the Donations Manager at the Dane County Habitat ReStores.

What training, teachers, or experiences helped you to develop as a performer?

I was very fortunate to be a part of the musical theatre program at UW-Stevens Point. The skills and knowledge I learned in my four years there were invaluable to my growth as a performer. 

What attracted you to THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA?

I was lucky enough to be a part of another Adam Guettel show, FLOYD COLLINS, in college so I was excited to be cast in THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA. Guettel’s music is some of the most challenging I've ever had to work with. Getting the opportunity to get another crack at his style allowed me once again to push my skills as a performer and musician, which makes the final product that much more fulfilling.

Can you share a story about your best (or worst) moment on stage?

My worst moment (or funniest, now that I look back on it) on stage was when I was in 8th grade. I was playing the Scarecrow in THE WIZARD OF OZ and I forgot the entire first verse of “If I Only Had a Brain.” I’ll never forget the look of sheer terror on the director’s face as he sat watching from the front row.

Wednesday
Nov182015

An Interview with Marie McManama, our Franca Naccarelli

Marie McManama is portraying Franca Naccarelli in FST’s THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, running December 4-13 in the Overture Center’s Playhouse.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a soprano from St. Louis, Missouri, an active opera singer in the Midwest, and I’m currently the soprano Studio Artist with the Madison Opera. I’m touring as the Queen of the Night in Opera for the Young's production of THE MAGIC FLUTE. I’m proud to be a founding member of Madison's professional chamber choir the Madison Choral Project, and I maintain a private voice and violin studio through the Arboretum Music School. I attended CCM in Cincinnati where I studied with Bill McGraw and Gwen Detwiler. I come from a family of professional musicians, although neither side is sure where I got my singing voice.

What training, teachers, or experiences helped you to develop as a performer?

Every one of my experiences on stage and backstage have enhanced my performance skill set. I have been on the stage since I was 6 years old in various settings as an actor, dancer, singer, violinist, pianist, soloist, ensemble member, and crew member. I learned something every time continue to grow with each production I am involved in.

What attracted you to THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA?

I had never seen the show and I knew nothing about it, but when I learned “The Beauty Is” for the GUYS AND DOLLS audition I was intrigued by the splendor of the music. Now that I am in the thick of studying Franca and her relationships with the Naccarelli family I have fallen in love with the show, its themes, and its messages.

Tell us a bit about your character, Franca Naccarelli.

Franca is a strong Italian woman in her late 20s constantly dealing with the pain of her cheating husband. However, it is clear that Franca has no plans to leave her husband despite his infidelity, and there is still real love between them. She withholds children from her husband as a way to get back at him for his affairs, although it pains her to do so. Regardless of her suffering she welcomes Clara into her family the best way she knows how.  

Can you share a story about your best moment on stage?

My best moment on stage would have to be the decision to date my husband. We were both singing the French opera concert at CCM and the men were on the opposite side of the stage from the women. During the entire dress rehearsal we were making silly faces at each other and everyone around us was witnessing the beginning of our relationship. We've been together ever since!

What inspires you?

Learning new things always excites me. There are so many fascinating things in the world—in other countries, in other cultures—and there is always something to discover. I love trying new recipes, reading about advances in science, and getting to know what inspires others. A new friendship, a new perspective, or a new experience is possible every day.