Big Fish, a Big Hit


Anabelle Taylor, Journalist

Big Fish was an astonishing performance by CdM’s own drama four classes including stars like Thomas Eastmond, Matteo Porzio, Savannah Harper, Alaina Gauss, Sabina Martin, and many other talented thespians. The story follows Will Bloom and his relationship with his father. In the beginning, Will is exasperated and embarrassed by his father who is a very colorful character. His father, Edward Bloom, played by Thomas Eastman, is a very vibrant, charismatic man who has had more than his share of adventures. He shares his stories with Will, but his son is skeptical and, as a result, has an estranged relationship with him. It isn’t until Will and his wife visit Edward and looks over some of his documents that Will realizes his father was telling the truth all along. The story is sweet and nostalgic as the audience comes to admire Edward as an adventurer, a husband, a hero, and a father.

Claire Taylor, a Junior was part of the ensemble and describes the process as an insider, “As we were creating the vision for this production, we thought that the main objectives were ‘dreaming big’ and ‘second chances.’ I think this story just really makes you think about how extraordinary the little things are as you ‘take a journey’ through life. It’s really unlike any show I’ve ever been a part of. To me, the story is about living life as though you’re in a storybook and anything’s possible. It is truly inspiring. My favorite part is the last song in the show, which is the “Be the Hero” reprise. Will, who throughout the whole show can’t seem to understand his father’s larger-than-life persona, tells his son about being ‘the hero of your story.’ Along with addicting songs and bizarre characters, the storyline is heartwarming. I’ve never been in a show where an audience, both old and young, is so moved.”

While the strong story and passionate performances take center stage, another noteworthy part of the show was the set design. The creative team was savvy and resourceful in their use of props. For example, there was one wooden structure that served as a pier, three different houses, two doctor’s offices, a college, and a circus. Similarly, the costumes were outstanding. Sabina Martin’s costume in particular was especially well done.

Perhaps the most impressive part of the play was the actor who played young Will Bloom. According to Thomas Eastman, the drama department was, “perhaps a little forgetful,” and forgot to cast the part. But then, eighth-grader Cameron Firoozi was recruited on a moment’s notice to learn his line and blocking, and he did beautifully. As a member of the audience, Trident can say for sure that the abrupt last-minute change fit into the final product seamlessly thanks to the talented Firoozi. He was a natural.

One Junior, Ava Manly (Ensemble), reflected on the experience, “My favorite part of the production was putting together everything like the songs and dances between the two drama 4 classes, and hanging out with my friends backstage while getting ready for the show!” All in all, the final result was a masterpiece and this author’s favorite CdMHS production yet.