Big Fish

Book by JOHN AUGUST Music and Lyrics by ANDREW LIPPA
Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the Columbia Motion Picture written by John August

Dream, Love, Live Bigger.

November 4 – December 4, 2022
Thursday-Saturday @ 8pm, Sunday @ 2pm
No performance on Thanksgiving Day 11/24

Directed by Hunter Brown
Musical Direction by Robert Johnson
Choreography by Erica Kahn


Season Ticket Renewals begin August 23, 2021
New Subscriptions Available October 11


Single Tickets Available November 22

As of July 2022


In alignment with the State of California, which has removed mask and vaccine requirements for indoor events, Coronado Playhouse will not require patrons to provide proof of vaccination or to wear masks while attending shows or events. However, we strongly recommend mask-wearing while at the Playhouse.

If you are feeling sick or are exhibiting any COVID-19-like symptoms, or if you have been exposed to COVID-19, we recommend you stay home and contact our box office to reschedule your tickets. They can be reached at (619) 435-4856 or

This policy is subject to change if new public health guidance is received from federal, state, or local authorities.

Thank you again for supporting Coronado Playhouse!

Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish tells the story of 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.

The story shifts between two timelines. In the present-day real world, sixty-year-old Edward Bloom faces his mortality while his son prepares to become a father himself. In the storybook past, Edward ages from a teenager, encountering a Witch, a Giant, a Mermaid, and the love of his life, Sandra. The stories meet as Will discovers the secret his father never revealed.

Overflowing with heart and humor, Big Fish is an extraordinary musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre—for an experience that’s richer, funnier and bigger than life itself.

Program is Available Here

“Hyperkinetic ‘Big Fish’ emerges with heart” – Associated Press

“Big Fish is a gorgeous, charming, dream musical” – Bloomberg News


KAILEY AGPAOA (The Witch) (she/they) is from both Hawaii and Japan (the best places for fresh seafood). Because of this, she loves fish, puppets, and witches. How exciting that these seemingly unrelated things are all elements of the roles she plays in this show! She would like to thank the fabulous production team, this lovely cast of friends, and her outside friends and family for all of their support during this wicked time. 

COLE ATENCIO (Will Bloom) is elated to be sharing this story with such an incredible cast and crew. Some of his previous roles include Squidward Q. Tentacles in The SpongeBob Musical (Aubrey winner) and The Baker in Into The Woods. He would like to thank his family and friends for always being there, and Hunter for their guidance and trust with this story. Thank you for coming, and enjoy the show! @musicole19 

AMANDA BLAIR (Sandra) (She/Her) Amanda is so excited to return to the Coronado Playhouse stage after playing Mrs. Patrick in A Man of No Importance. Select credits include Hedwig and the Angry Inch, American Idiot (Broadway World Award Winner), Jelkyll & Hyde, Sweeney Todd, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Rocky Horror Show, Scrooge in Rouge (Aubrey Award Winner), Parade, and Anything Goes, among others. Big thanks to Hunter for this dream of a track, to the production team for their dedication and support, the cast for their creative genius, and to her husband, William, for literally everything else. Without you, I’m nothing.   

LYRIC BOOTHE (Josephine, Sandra Cover) (she/her) is fairly new to the San Diego theatre scene, but she feels like she found a home here.  She is from Upstate New York and apparently, she talks about it all the time. By day she is a Music Therapist, by night and weekends, she dedicates her time to performing and watching trash reality TV (cough, Bachelor, cough). Follow Lyric on insta: @lyriconinsta 

WILL CORKERY (Amos) is happy to be back at Coronado Playhouse after the extended theatre hiatus. Other CPH credits include Ensemble in Mamma Mia! and Gibbs in Dogfight. His other recent credits include Sam Byck in Assassins (Wildsong Productions), Ben in The Secret Garden (Wildsong Productions), and Sir Robin in Spamalot (OB Playhouse). He wants to thank everyone who worked hard to get this show up! Enjoy! 

DAMON GONZALEZ (Young Will) is excited to be performing with the Coronado Playhouse and this wonderful cast. Damon’s favorite place to be is on stage and they most recently had a blast playing Lord Farquaad in Shrek the Musical (Scripps Theatre Arts). Other past roles include Qian Po in Mulan Jr. (Scripps Theatre Arts) and Young Charles in A Christmas Carol (PowPAC). Damon is very grateful to Hunter Brown for giving them this opportunity! 

JACEN GONZALEZ (Young Will) has been performing in musical theatre since age 4 and is happy to be supporting his sibling Damon in this role. Past roles include Bud Ogden-Porter in Mothers and Sons (PowPAC), for which he won an ACT Award, Fletcher in Freaky Friday (Pickwick), and the Silent King in Once Upon a Mattress (Scripps Theatre Arts) for which he received a National Youth Arts Supporting Actor Award Nomination. Enjoy the show! 

MICHAEL HARRISON (Edward Bloom) is thrilled to return to the CPH stage after appearing in Dogfight (2019). Recent credits: Assassins, Secret Garden, Jekyll & Hyde (Wildsong), Spamalot (OB), Freaky Friday (Pickwick). Michael would like to thank his amazing husband, Clay, for always being so supportive, and to dedicate his performance to his father, Tom, first son of Decatur, GA, whose stories might not be as grand as Edward’s but whose love for his children most definitely is. IG: @mpharrison75 

MYKAILA ISTVANYI (Ensemble) is excited to be in her first show at Coronado Playhouse. Some of her favorite past roles include Diana in A Chorus Line, St. Jimmy in American Idiot, and Nancy Oliver!. She would like to thank her wonderful Mom, Dad, friends, and family for their love and support through the years. 

KEVIN KUBO (Ensemble, u/s Edward) is excited to be making his first appearance at the Coronado Playhouse as he also works to complete his graduate research at the University of California, San Diego. Previous roles elsewhere include Al Deluca in A Chorus Line, Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, and Simon in Jesus Christ Superstar. Much thanks to his partner, family, friends, and everyone who has come see him. 

ALAN RAMOS (Don Price/Ensemble) is excited to do his second show at Coronado Playhouse, his first show here being The SpongeBob Musical (2022). Other theatre credits include: Heathers the Musical (San Diego City College), Sweeney Todd (Star Theatre Co.) Matilda the Musical (Young Actor’s Theatre), Puffs (Young Actor’s Theatre), Malt Shop Memories (Vista’s Broadway Theater), and Puffs (Fenix Theatre Collaborative.) Instagram: @aaalan.rr 

YASMIN RUIZ (Ensemble) is delighted to be making their Coronado Playhouse debut! Favorite credits include: Mrs. Poppy/Ensemble in Reefer Madness, Toffee in Zombie Prom, The Witch in Into the Woods, and April in Company. She would like to thank Hunter for this incredible opportunity. Much love and appreciation to her fellow cast and production team! 

KAITLYN SUMMERS (Jenny Hill) is thrilled to be back at the Coronado Playhouse! Past credits include: Swing in Puffs (Fenix); Moore in Assassins (WildSong); Stacy in Malt Shop Memories (Vista’s Broadway Theatre); Magenta/Usherette in The Rocky Horror Show, American Idiot, Hair, Sally’s Baby in Reefer Madness, Little Becky in Urinetown (OBP); Marta in Spring Awakening (OSP); Bebe in Chorus Line (Coronado Playhouse); The Deadly Singer Mystery (Playroom NYC). Lots of love and thanks to her family and friends! Proud alumnae of the UC, Irvine: Claire Trevor School. 

KYLIE YOUNG (The Witch) graduated from UCSD with a BA in Theatre. Some of her favorite roles include: Katherine in The Taming and Miss Wilkinson in Move Over Mrs Markham at Scripps Ranch Theatre, Laker Girl in Spamalot at the Welk Theatre, Brooke Wyndham in Legally Blonde at 3Peace Studios, and Kate in Pirates of Penzance at Broadway Vista. She would like to thank her husband and loved ones for supporting her in all of her performing endeavors! Follow her on Instagram and TikTok @strangesparkles 

Creative Team:

HUNTER BROWN (Director) is a Performing Artist and Director in San Diego. Recent directing credits include: The Stinky Cheeseman (SDJT), You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Trinity Theatre), The Secret Garden (Wildsong Productions), and She Kills Monsters (Theatre Downtown). Hunter also works as a Stage Combat Instructor/choreographer. They would like to thank the cast and crew for bringing the show alive, and Fred Brown for being a constant source of light. 


ROBERT JOHNSON (Music Director) is grateful to work on such a great show with this talented cast, crew, and band for his first opportunity music directing a show at Coronado Playhouse. He is a music director, pianist, bassist, arranger, and composer who has performed throughout Southern California. Recent credits include the Keyboard 3 book of Something Rotten and the Bass book of Songs for a New World. Robert has also provided custom orchestral reductions for a number of theatres, including Ventura City College and Santa Barbara High School. 

ERICA KAHN (Choreographer/Assistant Director) is thrilled to have had the opportunity to work on Big Fish! This is her first production with Coronado Playhouse and she has had a wonderful time building this show with everyone. Erica is in her final quarter at UCSD studying theatre and dance with an emphasis on directing and choreography. Her most recent credits include co-directing and co-choreographing American Idiot (Muir Musical, UCSD) as well as working as an assistant director on a workshop of Joe Iconis’s new musical, The Untitled Unauthorized Autobiography of Hunter S. Thompson (La Jolla Playhouse). Additional credits include Dracula (Director, Trinity Theatre Company), Newsies (Choreographer, Scripps Theatre Arts), and various productions with UCSD’s Theatre and Dance Department.

ALI FLORES (Stage Manager) is excited to be stage managing her second Coronado Playhouse show in the actual space after stage managing their filmed production of Comedy of Errors offsite last season. Favorite stage managing credits include Rent (Patio Playhouse), Into the Woods (New Village Arts), and Elmo’s Christmas Wish (SeaWorld San Diego). Ali thanks Hunter and the cast and crew for all of their hard work and making the show a fun experience. She would also like to thank her family and friends for their constant love and support. TikTok and Instagram: @stagemanager1618 

JARED JACOBS (Lighting Designer) is San Diego-based, mostly recently designing Hands on a Hardbody (Coronado Playhouse), Love Song (Scripps Ranch Theatre), A Twisted Bargain (Compulsion Dance & Theatre), and The Rocky Horror Show (OB Playhouse & Theatre Company). Specializing in musical theater, plays, and other custom lighting projects, he originally began designing at a young age in Maine. Jared later joined the Marines where he was stationed in San Diego and began to work with many theaters in the community. When he isn’t working on lighting design he enjoys surfing, working in IT, and riding the trolley. 

Press photos by Ken Jacques

Ticket Pricing:

SINGLE TICKETS: Thursday $24, Friday $27, Saturday $30, Sunday $27.

Active Military, Student & Senior Discounts. Great Group Rates.

Group discounts available for parties of 8 or more. (Pricing will automatically adjust when 8 or more Adult Tickets are purchased together. Group rates only apply to adult ticket pricing).

For questions, call the Box Office (619) 435-4856 or email

Special Events:

There are no special events currently scheduled for this production.

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