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Thespians reel in 'Big Fish' in Gainesville
Summer community theater to perform musical July 8-11
Members of the Pam Ware summer community theater program will perform the musical “Big Fish” next week at Gainesville High School Performing Arts Theater.

‘Big Fish’

When: 7:30 p.m. July 8-11

Where: Gainesville High School Performing Arts Theater, 830 Century Place, Gainesville

Cost: $17 adults, $12 for seniors 60 and older and children ages 2-18

More info:  770-531-2680 or

For the past two summers, Chicopee Woods Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Amy Berra  has participated in the Pam Ware summer community theater program. And for those who watch her and her fellow thespians, she has this advice.

“Use your imagination to just travel with the story,” she said.

The story Berra and other actors will produce is “Big Fish,” a relatively new musical, which debuted in October 2013 on Broadway. And while the play was short-lived — only lasting for two months — the Pam Ware summer community theater troupe will perform it at 7:30 p.m. July 8-11 at Gainesville High School’s performing arts theater.

“Big Fish” tells the tale of Edward Bloom’s fantastical stories and his life’s adventures. The story unfolds as Bloom’s son, Will, attempts to find the real story behind his father’s illustrious tales. During the course of the show, audiences will meet a giant and an evil witch as well as take a trip to the circus.

Tyra Wimpye, 19, is the lead choreographer for the production. She says the most impressive dance number is “Red, White and True,” because more than 40 people are tap dancing at once.

She added the song will engage the audience on a visual level, too.

Reserved tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for seniors 60 and older and children ages 2-18. All tickets may be purchased at the Gainesville Parks and Recreation office at the Gainesville Civic Center or at the door.

For more information, call 770-531-2680 or visit

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