Shar­ing in the spec­tac­u­lar

Two lo­cal boys sing and dance in a new mu­si­cal, Lawrence Machado re­ports

Rouse Hill Times - - LIFESTYLE -

IT’S a fab­u­lous tale which will take you to a spec­tac­u­lar world and bring fur­ther ev­i­dence that Sam Wood and Brendan God­win are among our bright­est young act­ing tal­ents.

The young­sters will share the role of a young Will, the scep­ti­cal son of the amaz­ing Ed­ward Bloom, whose in­cred­i­ble sto­ries are the stuff of fairy tales where there are mer­maids, giants and fly­ing fish.

The Hayes Theatre pro­duc­tion of Big Fish is a re­make of the suc­cess­ful and emo­tional Hol­ly­wood movie and is based on the Broad­way mu­si­cal.

Sam Wood’s act­ing ca­reer is soar­ing with the Aca­cia Gar­dens lo­cal ap­pear­ing on ABC2’s Nay Nay while his singing and danc­ing have won him awards at the Syd­ney Eisteddfod.

“I am re­ally hav­ing a great time with the cast of

Big Fish as it’s a great story,” said Sam, 12, who has sev­eral suc­cess­ful shows un­der his belt.

“I will be shar­ing the role with Brendan and have worked with him in shows in­clud­ing Mary Pop­pins.

“I love the char­ac­ters in

Big Fish and one of the fun parts we get to do is to spray the au­di­ence with wa­ter. I think this mu­si­cal is bet­ter than the movie and I like to con­vince the au­di­ence what a char­ac­ter he (Will) is.”

The Rouse Hill Angli­can Col­lege stu­dent is trained in singing by Natalie Prat­tDavis.

For Brendan, the most chal­leng­ing part is learn­ing new songs, dances and lines and play­ing a char­ac­ter dif­fer­ent from him­self.

“Yes, I watched the movie prior to re­hearsals in or­der to un­der­stand the char­ac­ter and the story,” said Brendan, who re­cently played young Bobby Darin in the mu­si­cal Dream Lover.

“I en­joy the catchy songs and the funny mo­ments in the show and I like that all of the cast get along and we can have fun to­gether.

“Will doesn’t be­lieve the sto­ries and wants to find out the truth from his fa­ther ... I think that the greater mean­ing of this show is about be­ing a big fish in a small pond, fol­low­ing your dreams and be­liev­ing in the ex­tra­or­di­nary.”

Brendan and Sam Wood in re­hearsals for the Aus­tralian pre­miere of

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