By Carmen Taffi, Wildcats Media
PINEVILLE, La. (Wildcats Media) – Art imitates life in Theatre Louisiana Christian’s second show of the season, “Big Fish,” which opens Nov. 2.
“Big Fish,” a musical by Andrew Lippa and John August, is based on a 1988 novel by Daniel Wallace.
The musical takes the audience on a journey through Edward Bloom’s life, as he is battling cancer. Before he dies, Edward wants to share all his stories, dreams and experiences with his son. The audience is introduced to all the people Edward has crossed paths with who have ultimately changed his life.
Tabitha Huffman, director of “Big Fish” and professor of theatre, found out recently her lifelong friend Tisha Falcon Lehfeldt is also battling cancer.
Fehfeldt is battling for her life with a rare type of cancer and has mentored thousands of people. One of the reasons so many know Tisha is that along with teaching about Jesus Christ on church stages, she is an adored radio personality on the big Christian radio station in Honolulu.
Ironically enough, this station is called “The Fish FM.” Her afternoon show is called “The Joyride.”
“When my musical director Enrico Cannella and I chose to do this musical six months ago, I had no idea my precious friend would be battling cancer, just like the lead role in our show,” Huffman said. “This production has taken on a whole new meaning for me. So, we are dedicating the tlc production of Big Fish, the Musical to Tisha Falcon Lehfeldt.”
“Big Fish” runs Nov. 2-3 and 9-10 at 7 p.m. and Nov 4 and 11 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Martin Performing Arts Center in Alexandria. Tickets are $5 for LCU students, faculty and staff; $12 for senior citizens and non-LCU students and $15 for general admission. Group rates of 10 or more start at $10.
Visit www.purplepass.com to purchase tickets.