Islip Catches a ‘Big Fish’


The high school’s theater program, which earned Best Ensemble recognition at last year’s Islip Arts Council Teeny Awards, wowed audiences again with the school’s 2016 production of the new musical “Big Fish.” Due to ongoing construction at the high school auditorium, the three April performances of “Big Fish” were held at the Noel S. Ruiz Theater at CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale.

“Big Fish,” based on a 1998 Daniel Wallace novel and 2003 Tim Burton film adaptation, takes place in Alabama in the 20th century and revolves around the relationship between a traveling salesman with cancer and a penchant for tall tales, and his estranged adult son. The music and lyrics were written by Andrew Lippa, with a book by John August based on his screenplay for the movie version.

“Despite the change in venue, the community helped to make this one of our most successful productions to date,” said Vincent Green, the district’s director of fine and performing arts. “The staff at the Noel S. Ruiz Theater were outstanding to work with and our talented students put on an engaging, emotional and musically extraordinary production.”