Live Theater Returns: “Big Fish” at SUNY Cortland


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SUNY (State University of New York) Cortland’s Theater Department presents its first post-pandemic show with the musical Big fish.

The show features a cast of 24 students (from first year to senior), a six-person orchestra, over 100 costumes and large, impressive sets. Based on a novel, it tells the story of a traveling salesman who lives life to the fullest, and the musical is described as “overflowing with heart and humor”.

Actor Kyle Rivera calls the story beautiful and hopes audiences will too.

“I want them to understand that you can be creative and imaginative with life, you shouldn’t be limited by limits,” he says.

The show is directed by Jeff Whiting, who was the associate director of Broadway production of Big fish, as good as Hair, Bullets on Broadway, and Young Frankenstein. He was also director of national tours for these productions.

Having a seasoned professional in charge of the show was a plus for theater students.

“It’s such an honor, especially at the college level, to work with someone so professional,” says Aileen Reddy, who is also part of the cast. “He brings a different expectation and aura that allows us to learn from someone who’s been there, who’s done it, and he’s also so kind and welcoming and open to whatever ideas we want to bring. . It’s very easy going and really inspiring, honestly, to work with someone like that.

If you want to see Big fish – the shows are Friday November 19 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday November 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday November 21 at 2:00 p.m. All shows are at the Dowd Fine Arts Center on the SUNY Cortland campus.

All members of the public will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative PCR test, and will be required to wear face coverings inside the Dowd Fine Arts Center.

Click here for tickets, which must be purchased online.


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