Hammer Entertainment Audition Information

Big Fish the Musical


Music and Lyrics by ANDREW LIPPA

Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the Columbia Motion Picture written by

John August

Directed by Nicholas Kulnies

Assistant Directed by Sean Trainor

Musically Directed by Steve McRae

Choreographed by Nikki Horvath

Stage Manager Sarah Granger

Audition Dates:

Sunday June 12th 3pm-7pm

Tuesday June 14th 7pm-10pm

Audition Location

Laidlaw Memorial United Church 155 Ottawa St N @ Cannon

 Performance Information:

Friday October 28th 8pm

Saturday October 29th 2pm & 8pm

Sunday October 30th 2pm

Thursday November 3rd 8pm

Friday November 4th 8pm

Saturday November 5th 2pm & 8pm,

 Rehearsals will begin at the end of August and will be Sunday afternoons, and Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

BIG FISH is a new Broadway musical featuring music and lyrics by Tony nominee Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family, The Wild Party) and a new book by esteemed screenwriter John August (Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).

Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, BIG FISH centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales.

Overflowing with heart, and humour, BIG FISH is an extraordinary new Broadway musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience that’s richer, funnier and BIGGER than life itself

Audition Details

Everyone wishing to audition is asked to prepare two contrasting musical theatre songs a capella and be prepared to do a cold read from the script.

Auditions are by appointment

  • Please prepare two songs at least one of them being from a musical
  • All auditions will be a capella
  • No accompanist will be provided
  • Walk ins will be seen but will have to wait for an opening as all appointments will be seen first

To set up an audition time please send an email to or call 905-981-7345

Several roles require the actors to play their characters at multiple ages throughout their lives from teenagers to old age; however it should be believable that the actors playing Edward and Sandra have an adult child.

All roles are currently open.


Edward –  (Plays between  teenager and older man. Ages 35-60) Baritone. Edward is a charming, energetic, and romantic; and most importantly a charismatic storyteller.  He needs to steal our hearts and make us buy into the fabulous myths that he enters.  A devoted yet absent father nearing the end of his life and wanting to reconnect with his son. He is comfortable in his own skin, but hopes for Will’s approval. He absolutely loves his wife, his son, and telling stories.  Needs a big voice and serious character acting.  Plays ages ranging from young teenager to older sick man. Very good mover

Sandra – (Actress portrays the character from a teenager to an older woman. Ages-30-60) Soprano. Sandra is patient, calm – the perfect balance to Edwards enthusiasm. She is the love of his is life. She adores and appreciates Edward and tries to bring reconciliation to her husband and son, both of whom she loves. She needs to convey the warmth and support that Edward need.  Needs a mellow ballad voice.  A good bit of dance ability

Will – (actor ages 20-30) Strong Tenor. Will is a critical part of the story. He is an earnest, serious, thoughtful young man wanting to reconnect with his storytelling father, but unable to appreciate Edward’s romantic view of life. He is a successful professional and new husband. He has to able to take us on the journey of understanding and make us believe the complex relationship and final heartfelt embrace of his father’s legacy. Serious character acting. Some movement

Young Will –  (Child Ages -6-10)  Will is a very serious child who is skeptical of his father  and his stories. Edward describes him as being ‘born a child middle aged man”.  Some movement

 Josephine – (actor ages 18-30) Mezzo Soprano. Will’s wife. Successful adult, sweet, intelligent, and organically compatible with Will. Josephine acts as the bridge between Edward and Will, explaining the deeper meaning of the stories. Serious character acting. Some movement, potentially dancing

Karl – the Giant. (actor ages 18-40) Bass. Edward’s best friend. Karl is shy, exceptionally intelligent, hermitlike, and has a quiet charisma. He needs a booming voice and large personality. Needs to be decently tall, but not a “giant.”   Ability to use stilts would be an asset.  Some movement

Amos – adult male, circus owner (actor ages 30-50) Baritone. Amos is the rather eccentric, quirky owner of the circus that employs young Edward. He also happens to be a werewolf (in Edward’s tales). Needs an actor able to portray strong, outgoing personality and humor. Sings, but not necessarily great voice, but good stage presence essential.   Some movement

Witch – adult female (Any age). Commanding performer with great confidence and storytelling ability. She convinces Edward to pursue a Big Life without fear. Needs belt voice, mezzo soprano. Some dance, could be extensive.

Jenny Hill  – (Actress portrays the character from a teenager to an older woman.  Age 20-40) Needs to convey two very distinct aspects of the same character.  As a teenager Edward’s devoted, first girlfriend. She is beautiful, a dreamer, maybe a little naïve. As an older woman she is very tired, disillusioned version of the younger Jenny. She has dignity and honesty. She is crucial in helping Will understand Edward and Edward’s motivations Needs loud belt. Some movement Also included in ensemble.

Don Price – (high school, college, and mayor, actor ages 20-45, possibly two actors). Older snarky bully. Sandra’s first fiancé. Needs a bigger than life acting style.   He is always placing second to Edward and resents him for this.

Zacky Price – (high school, college, and later, actor ages 20-45). Nerdy brother and shadow of Don Price.  Also part of ensemble. Some movement

Doctor Bennett – O man (actor ages 45-75). Warm, kind, frank, soft-spoken friend and physician of Edward. Needs realistic actor. Can be a no singing or dancing part.  Part of ensemble

Dancers –  Contemporary dancers that will help bring to life the fantastical lands represented in Edwards stories.  Also may appear in ensemble.  Singing a bonus

Ensemble – (Assorted ages and genders) Playing various small character roles including Red Fang,  the Mayor, the Alabama lambs, Fisherman and the Mermaid as well as Ashton townfolk, Circus folk, college students, solidiers and USO dancers.