Book by JOHN AUGUST
Music and Lyrics by ANDREW LIPPA
Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace
and the Columbia Motion Picture
written by John August
Presented by Special Arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide
Video and photography are strictly prohibited.
Directed by Kristy Meanor
Music Direction by Randy Foster
Choreography by Daniel Harms
Lighting Design by Thomas Rodman
Who’s Who in the Company…..
Gracie Arnold (Ensemble): Gracie is thrilled to be a part of Big Fish. She is 14 years old and a freshman in high school. She found her passion for theatre at the age of 7 doing summer camps at Wetumpka Depot. She also has credits at several theatres in the surrounding area. Some of her favorite credits include A Little House Christmas (Mary Ingalls) at Wetumpka Depot,Christmas Day with Scrooge (Fairy of Christmas Present) at Millbrook Theatre, and The Miracle Worker (Blind Girl) at Alabama Shakespeare Festival.
Jordan Berry (Karl): Jordan is thrilled to return to the wings of the Depot for Big Fish, a show that means so much to this community. He was most recently with the Depot as a Young Fool in their latest production of Big River. In his spare time, Jordan is full-time math teacher at LAMP High School in Montgomery, where he coaches Speech & Debate. He is grateful not only to make new friends but also to re-share the stage with old friends. Jordan wishes to dedicate this performance to his mother.
Angela Dickson (Sandra): Angela is so excited to be a part of this wonderful cast and to finally get to work with Kristy and the Depot players. She was last seen onstage at The Cloverdale Playhouse and has been a part of many productions including The Sound of Music at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. She holds a MFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Alabama and is currently the Theatre/Art/Communications Instructor at Alabama Christian Academy. If you watch the Tim Burton film of Big Fish, you can see her clapping in the basketball crowd scene, (if you go in slow motion). Much love and gratitude to Matt and Aidan.
Sharron Ganjei (Light Operations): Sharron enjoys volunteering at the Wetumpka Depot in whatever capacity possible. Most recently she ran lights for Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage. She ran sound as well as lights for The Adventures of Sheldon, Mrs. Levine, and 84 Charing Cross Road. When not spending time involved in Depot productions, Sharron teaches youth discipleship classes at Eclectic Church of God and spends time with her furkids. Sharron wishes to thank her husband, George, and her mother for all the love and support.
Shepherd Grier (Young Will): Shep is excited to be joining the Depot once again. This is his second performance as Young Will. He has also performed in Big River and Little House Christmas. Shep lives in Wetumpka and is in sixth grade. He enjoys boating and tubing on Lake Martin and taking cruises in his dad’s ‘65 Mustang.
Daniel Grant Harms (Choreographer): Daniel is thrilled to be working on Big Fish again. Daniel’s credits with the Wetumpka Depot include All Shook Up, Bright Star, Hands on a Hardbody, Hometown Canteen, Big River and many more. Director/ Music Director and Choreographer credits include You Can’t Take it With You, The Diary of Anne Frank, Grease, The Sound of Music, Little Shop of Horrors, Lil Abner, Nunsense, and The Wizard of Oz. By day, he is a Special Education teacher at Millbrook Middle School. Many thanks to Kristy for letting him embark on this journey one more time.
Carol Heier (Stage Manager): Carol has been an eager Depot volunteer for many years and currently serves on the Depot Board of Directors. She appreciates a good challenge and enjoys the creative things she gets to learn and do behind the scenes with her Depot family. Carol has served as stage manager or has helped with props and costumes for many shows. She directed the Depot productions of First Baptist of Ivy Gap and Steel Magnolias and currently directs the Visions Drama Ministry at Heritage Baptist Church in Montgomery. Carol thanks Kristy for the opportunity to be a part of this production and her husband Jan for supporting her many creative adventures.
Kaitlyn Lawless(Mermaid/Ensemble): Kaitlyn is thrilled to be a part of the Big Fish cast here at the Depot! Her most recent productions include Tracy in Hairspray, and Lilly in the The Secret Garden at Prattville’s Way Off Broadway Community Theatre. Kaitlyn studied Theatre Education at Troy University where she obtained her degree and teaching certification in 2016. Off stage, Kaitlyn is hanging out with her husband and one year old daughter, and working as a middle school theatre teacher. Kaitlyn would like to thank her husband Danny for always supporting her dreams, and her daughter Cecilia for making her a mom!
Desirae Lewis (The Witch/ Town Granny):Desirae returns to the stage to play one of her favorite roles of "The Witch" again for the Depot! Along with the role of "The Witch, some of her favorite roles have been Miss Scarlet in Clue the Musical, Norma Valverde in Hands on a Hardbody, Deloris Van Cartier in Sister Act, Dynamite/Judine in Hairspray the Musical, and Florence, in G.R.I.T.S. The Musical and Cinnamon G.R.I.T.S. When Desirae is not on the stage, she can be found in the courtroom as a defense attorney in Elmore, Chilton, and Lowndes Counties or advocating for the community as an Elmore County Commissioner.
Johntavius Osborne (Don Price): Johntavius is very excited to be a part of Big Fish at Wetumpka Depot Players. He Has recently worked with Donald Glover on Atlanta as a background actor, and as a background Actor for Women of the Movement directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood. Johntavius studys Theatre Performance at The Alabama State University, where he’s working on getting a Bachelor’s degree. He wants to thank God, family, Friends, and Nicki Minaj for always letting him know that his dreams are always possible, no matter how rough this journey can get.
Cushing Phillips (Amos Calloway): Cushing is excited to be returning in the role of Amos and taking his first steps on the Depot’s actual stage. He is a veteran of local theatre, most recently appearing in the Cloverdale Playhouse production of The Giver. When not in rehearsal, Cushing is the Web and Product Information manager for Turenne PharMedCo in Montgomery. He would like to thank a huge circle of family and friends who have picked up his slack all summer. “I couldn’t do any of this without you!”
Kyndall Stoker (Jenny Hill, Ensemble): Kyndall is very excited to be a part of Big Fish at Wetumpka Depot Players. She recently graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelors in theatre and public relations. Some of her previous roles include The Policewoman in Mr. Universe, Lizzie in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Charlotte in Cinderella. She has also acted in short films and is a special effects makeup artist. She wants to thank her fiancé Cody for always being supportive of her passion for theatre and encouraging her to audition for this show!
Carpenters...Doug Gordon, Brad Sinclair, Michael Hall, Cecil McElvaine, Gene Cody
Props and Scenic Elements...Kayleen Amerson, Debbie Bozeman, Jeanie Mayo, Peg Farmer, Judy Morrow
Sally Blackwell (Ensemble): Sally is a retired elementary music teacher and church choir director with a M.M. in choral music from The University of Alabama. She had three grown sons, a husband, Barry, three wonderful daughters in law, and seven beautiful grandchildren. She has been in many past Depot shows, but some of her favorite roles are Mama Sanders in Smoke on the Mountain (three times), Madam Paroo in Music Man, Pauline Fits in Radio TBS, and May in All Shook Up. She is enjoying all the young energy of this cast!
Randy Foster (Music Director): Randy is happy to be back at work on a production of Big Fish at the Depot again. In his non-theatre life, he is Executive Director of the Alabama Institute for Education in the Arts. He taught school at CCPAC and BTW Magnet Schools for many years before that. He is also Organist/Choirmaster at Montgomery’s Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter.
Scott Grier (Ensemble): Scott is a lifelong resident of Wetumpka. He has been active at the Depot since 2010 when he first performed in Big River with his daughter. He made another appearance in Big River with his son in 2020. When Scott is not at the Depot, you can find him working on his ‘65 Mustang or at his accounting firm, Aldridge, Borden and Company on Company Street.
Michael Hall (Dr. Bennett): Michael is originally from Montgomery and after his USAF career of active duty and civil service, has moved to Wetumpka for retirement. This is Michael’s first performance for the Wetumpka Depot Players but not his first work in the drama field. While living in Montgomery, Michael was very involved in his church drama ministry and acted in many skits and a two act play, The Old Faith, Hope, & Charity, presented in a dinner theater environment. He is married to Sharon Clemons Hall, a native of Prattville.
Xandria Hataway (Josephine Bloom): Xandria is a Prattville native who has spent the last 15 years pursuing her love for the arts. After high school, she attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she pursued a BFA in Theatre Production. After a few years off, she returned to the stage in Prattville’s Way Off Broadway production of Clue: The Musical as Mrs. White, followed by Little Shop of Horrors last year. Big Fish is Xandria’s Wetumpka Depot debut and Josephine has been a joy to bring to life on this stage. She dedicates this performance to her kids, Eleora and Rhett, who are her constant inspiration to keep making art.
Chris Kelly (Edward Bloom) has been acting in the community since he was thirteen years old. He has appeared at the Wetumpka Depot in productions such as Hands on a Hardbody and Bright Star. He would like to thank his wife, Kari and his daughters Clara and Cora Jean for their support.
Gage Leifried (Will Bloom ): This is Gage’s first show at Wetumpka Depot. He originally began theatre in the Montgomery area as Curly in Oklahoma at Prattville's Way Off Broadway Theatre. Credits include Prince Adam in Beauty and the Beast and chorus Ape in a community production of Tarzan, to name a few. Gate is a recent graduate from Mississippi State University and is now working at International Paper in Prattville. When offstage, he can be found running, playing soccer, or spending time with his friends and brother, Ryder.
Kristy Meanor (Artistic Director) Kristy is happy to revisit and direct Big Fish with this talented group of artists. Serving in leadership roles with Alabama Conference on Theatre, Southeastern Theatre Conference and American Association of Community Theatre, she is an actor, director, designer, playwright and adjudicator. She recently collaborated with Doug Segrest and adapted his novel, A Storm Came Up into a stage play. Watch for that on the Depot stage in 2022!
Hannah Meherg (Sound Operator): Hannah is excited to be revisiting Big Fish after stage managing the 2019 collaboration with Wetumpka High School. Hannah recently finished her Master's Degree in English as a Second Language at UAB and is thrilled to be teaching ESL in Autauga County this school year. Hannah has been an active member of the Wetumpka Depot for many years working backstage in stage management, lighting design,and sound. In her spare time, Hannah loves to bake, read, and play with her rescue Cocker Spaniel, Scout.
Thomas Rodman (Lighting Design): Thomas is an Assistant Professor with Alabama State University where he teaches lighting and sound. He formerly worked at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for 22 years in various capacities. Most recently as the Resident Lighting Designer and Master Electrician. Previous ASF design highlights include Four Little Girls, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, A Christmas Carol, Ethel, God of Carnage, In the Book Of, The Flagmaker of Market Street, Bear Country, Dauphin Island, Driving Miss Daisy, and Twenty-Seven. At Wetumpka Depot, Tom has previously designed Big River, 84 Charing Cross Road, and The Outrageous Adventures of Sheldon and Mrs. Levine. He is excited to be working with Wetumpka Depot again! Thomas holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Southern Maine and his MFA in Lighting Design from the University of Florida.
Cheyenne B. Singleton (Ensemble): In the Fall of 2018, Cheyenne began her theatre journey with Auburn University at Montgomery, where she was cast in Female Voices, a showcase of female playwrights. She has since performed in The Seagull and originated the role of Leto, mother of Apollo and Artemis, in the rewritten, digitally recorded and audience free production of Shadow of the Son by playwright Kate Leslie. Cheyenne also enjoyed opportunities as Lighting Designer forGruesome Playground Injuries and Light Board Operator for Matt and Ben. Since her graduation in the Fall of 2020, she has performed in AUM’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and is now enjoying her ensemble role in Wetumpka Depot’s Big Fish.
Ryley Tate (Zacky, Ensemble): Ryley is absolutely thrilled to be in Big Fish! Based in Montgomery, he has been doing theatre for six years and has been in regional shows such as The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. He is homeschooled, along with his four siblings, and is in the 9th grade. In addition to theatre, he enjoys skateboarding, singing and playing piano, guitar, ukulele, and drums.
Big Fish Musical Numbers
"Be the Hero"
– Edward Bloom and Company
– The Witch, Edward Bloom and Company
– Will Bloom
"Magic in the Man"
– Sandra Bloom
“Out There on the Road"
– Edward Bloom, Karl, Jenny Hill and Company
"Little Lamb from Alabama"
– Sandra Templeton and Alabama Lambs
– Edward Bloom and Sandra Templeton
"Closer to Her"
– Amos Calloway, Edward Bloom and Company
– Edward Bloom and Sandra Templeton (Bloom)
"Fight the Dragons"
– Edward Bloom and Young Will Bloom
“River Between Us”
- Edward Bloom and Will
"I Don't Need a Roof"
– Sandra Bloom
– Edward Bloom, Don Price, Amos Calloway, Karl, Zacky Price and Company
– Will Bloom, Edward Bloom and Company
“How It Ends"
– Edward Bloom
“Be the Hero" (Reprise)
– Will Bloom