• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

‘Big Fish’ opens at Woodford Theatre this weekend

Being able to direct “Big Fish” gives Vanessa Becker-Weig an opportunity to bring a fantastical story with a lot of heart to the Woodford Theatre stage. “I love the exploration of the father-and-son relationship,” says Becker-Weig of why she wanted to direct. “And even though its father-son,” she continues, “it definitely relates to a parent-child relationship as a whole. And I (as a mother) can certainly understand those relationships…” She describes filmmaker Tim Burton’s screen adaptation of Daniel Wallace’s novel as one of her all-time favorite movies. “I just think it tells a really sweet tale of discovering that your parents aren’t perfect. And that they have a lot to learn on their journey in life,” says Becker-Weig. She also appreciates all of the different magical elements as well as music and dances in this stage version. And she hopes audiences will understand that all lives are extraordinary in some way while watching this musical. Becker-Weig says character Edward Bloom tells elaborate tales about his life because he doesn’t believe his life was extraordinary – leading to a lot of resentment on the part of his son, Will, who soon discovers that his father did indeed do some wonderful things in his life. “This story is just so true to the father-son relationship and that journey that fathers and sons take,” says Becker-Weig. “Big Fish” opens this weekend at the Woodford Theatre with performances on Friday, Oct. 6, and Saturday, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m. and a Sunday, Oct. 8, matinee at 2 p.m.Additional performances are Oct. 13 to 15 and Oct. 19 to 22. For reserved tickets, $22 for adults and $15 for students, visit woodfordtheatre.com or call the box office at 873-0648.

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