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2020 Performance Dates:


Auditions will be held the week of April 20, 2020. Full details and monologue/song information is forthcoming, but there will likely be initial audition slots in the early evening of the following dates: April 20, 22 & 23. 


El Campanil Theater
602 W. 2nd Street - Antioch
The classic 1987 Tom Hanks motion picture fantasy bursts onto the stage in the unforgettable theatrical experience, BIG THE MUSICAL. Josh Baskin is sick of being an awkward kid. At a carnival, he makes a wish to the Zoltar machine to become "big." To his shock, his wish is granted. Featuring a witty, moving and insightful book by John Weldman, and a dazzling, heartfelt, contemporary score by David Shire and Richard Maltby, Jr., BIG THE MUSICAL hits all the right notes, and is adored by audiences of all ages.

Book: John Weldman

Music & Lyrics: David Shire & Richard Maltby, Jr.

Interested in Joining our Production Crew and/or House Crew? 

If you would like to be part of our tech / production crew, or if you would like to help us in front of house with concessions, ushering, etc., we would love to have you! Here are some of the many tech or house roles that we are typically looking to fill:
  • Technical Director
  • Stage Manager
  • Assistant Stage Manager
  • Lead Costumer & Costume Help
  • Prop Master
  • Hair/Makeup Lead & Crew
  • Lighting Designer & Light Board Operator
  • Sound Designer & Sound Board Operator
  • Master Carpenter
  • Set Construction / Carpentry / Paint Crew
  • Deck Crew
  • House Manager
  • Concessions
  • Ushers
  • Marketing / Promotions
  • Raffle Crew
  • Business / Donor Outreach
For more information, email


July 31, Aug 1, 7 & 8 at 7pm
Aug 2 & 9 at 2pm
Dance auditions will follow for everyone on April 25th, and callbacks will be on April 26th. To ensure you are notified once audition details have been fully set, please contact us!

Character Descriptions:

Below are brief character descriptions of the roles available in this show. Note that there are outstanding roles for both adults and teens, as well as ensemble roles for all age ranges.
Josh Baskin - The show's protagonist. He has the mind, spirit and innocence of a 13-year old trapped in the body of a man in his 20's to 30's. 
Male who can play someone in his 20's to 30's.  Vocal range top: B4 -- Vocal range bottom: Bb2
Susan Lawrence - The attractive, business-oriented Vice President of Marketing at MacMillan Toy Company. Possesses a secret giddy, school-girl innocence about her. She eventually falls for Josh.
Female who can play someone in her 20's to 40's.  Vocal range top: F5 -- Vocal range bottom: G3
Young Josh Baskin - Obscure, seventh grade pre-teen who is frustrated by his parents and his age.
Male who can play a 13-year old.  Vocal range top: G5 -- Vocal range bottom: F3
Mrs. Baskin - Josh's frustrated, protective, and loving mother who is struggling with parenting a pre-teen.
Female who can play someone in her 30's to 40's.  Vocal range top: F#5 -- Vocal range bottom: G3
Billy Kopecki - Josh's best and most supportive friend. He is optimistic, inventive and encouraging.
Male who can play a 13-year old.  Vocal range top: F5 -- Vocal range bottom: F#3
George MacMillan - The owner of the MacMillan Toy Company who is fighting to save his company. Distinguished, playful and a bit spry. 
Male who can play someone in his 50's to 70's. Vocal range top: G4 -- Vocal range bottom: C3
Paul Seymour - The Vice President for Product Development at MacMillan Toy Company vying for Susan's affection. Handsome, aggressive, self-absorbed.
Male who can play someone in his 20's to 40's. Vocal range top: Eb4 -- Vocal range bottom: Ab3
Ensemble - Several needed in all age ranges to play various roles including sales people, executives, shoppers, students, etc. etc.
Male and female - Adults, teens, pre-teens and children.