Following our critically-acclaimed 2013 summer production of LES MISERABLES at Yardley Hall, 2014 multi award-winning summer production of BIG RIVER at The Kauffman Center and current award-nominated 2015 production of INTO THE WOODS at Yardley Hall, The Culture House was presented with the challenge of deciding what large summer musical to produce for summer 2016. We ultimately decided on the endearing bigger-than-life production of BIG FISH. We are excited to bring this musical about family, dreams and love to the beautiful Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on July 22- 23, 2016.
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, humor and spectacular stagecraft, 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.
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We offer a complete dance curriculum for all ages in ballet, modern, jazz, tap and hip hop. Staffed with some of the finest teachers in Kansas City, we strive daily to encourage and challenge students to become their best and advance in the mastery of technique. Our conservatory-style program is designed to instill valuable life skills, including discipline, passion for high quality, perseverance, a joyful work ethic and an encouraging attitude. Spectacular year-end performances are part of this learning process and thrill performers and audiences alike.
The Culture House School of Theatre places emphasis on skill, character development, vocal projection and articulation, emotional range, imagination, singing, dancing, improvisation, and group participation. Opportunities include working with contemporary material as well as classic works, modern musicals to Shakespeare, Reader’s Theatre to full-scale productions. At The Culture House, we feature a sequential theatre training program to allow our students to more easily track their progress. At each developmental level, students may enroll in not only acting training, but also classes in improvisation, auditioning, movement, vocal technique and more.
One of the most dynamic departments at The Culture House is the School of Visual Art. We offer a wide variety of classes and workshops. The classes and workshops will not only equip students with artistic skill, but they are a HUGE confidence builder for a lot of kids. Kids learn in a fun, safe environment where they can grow and engage with other creative kids.
Whether it is expressing our heartfelt emotions, raising our spirits, or uniting all of humanity through its power and beauty, music has become integral to our daily lives. Music also has a broad range of benefits in the healthy development of every child. The discipline needed to learn a musical instrument combined with the creativity and expressiveness that brings music to life stimulates the healthy development of our minds and personalities.Classes include private voice and private instrument lessons, and our Homeschool Choir.
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Book by John August
Music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Based on Daniel Wallace’s 1998 novel, Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions and the 2003 film, BIG FISH, written by John August and directed by Tim Burton
Directed by Amy Sander, TCH General Manager and Annual Summer Broadway Theatre Director
Musical Direction by Matt Richardson
Choreography by Lana Jensen, TCH School of Theatre Director
BIG FISH centers on the charismatic 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 and the man behind the myth as Edward approaches the final chapter of his life. Overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft, we look forward to bringing you an extraordinary new musical direct from Broadway that reminds us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience that's richer, funnier and BIGGER than life itself.