Grant Park High School is a small fish in a big pond, but its drama club will be performing the musical "Big Fish" this weekend at the Hamann Center.
"We're a very small school, but this is a very big production for the school," said Carol Cademartori, teacher and director at Grant Park High School. "We have eight seniors who are in the program and five of them have been active in plays since the sixth grade, continually each year and are involved in some summer productions as well."
"Big Fish" will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Hamann Center at 421 W. Taylor St. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students.
"Big Fish" is a heartfelt, powerful and truly magical musical about fathers, sons and the stories we use to define our identities, according to the synopsis. With beautiful music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, and a humorous, heartwarming book by John August, the musical is a magnificent big fish of a tale itself — spectacular, fantastical and overflowing with love.
The plot surrounds Edward Bloom, who has lived a fantasy life, populated by witches, giants and mermaids, marked by love that stops time in its tracks, framed by heroics that push the limits. His adult son, Will, is no longer amused by his father's tales, insisting on a rational rather than a fantastical account of one's life.
When Edward's health declines, and Will learns that he and his wife, Josephine, will have a son of their own, Will decides to find out his father's true life story, once and for all.
Grant Park drama students have put in a number of hours of preparation on the musical. Five middle school students also are part of the cast.
"We've been practicing since the first of December, so, except for the two weeks we took off for Christmas vacation, we've been practicing for three months," Cademartori said. "I call it a Christmas break, but it's a break for me, too."
Cademartori has been the director of plays for 12 years.
"I'm originally from Grant Park," she said. "I was born and raised here and went to school here. I live in Bourbonnais now, but I still work here, so I kind of still live here, too."
There's also a fundraiser in conjunction with the musical. If you bring a new or gently used pair of shoes, you can get a free bag of popcorn. The shoes will be donated to a local veterans hospital.
NEW MUSIC EXTRAVAGANZA
The Looney Bin, at 201 S. Schuyler Ave. in Bradley, is hosting The Attic Recording Studios' first ever New Music Extravaganza. The event is introducing new artists and their music to Kankakee County at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
The lineup includes:
* Elisium from Fredericksburg, Va., who will be releasing a single in April and a studio EP in May.
* New artist The Premiere, with former members of Motorbiscuit and Another Lost Year, in its first live performance. It will be releasing a single, "Smoke and Mirrors," in March and a full-length studio release in June.
* Will County's own Face The Fire, who will have a full-length studio release this summer.
* New artist Trustfall, of St Louis, Mo., who has a new single, "So Damn Fine," and EP, "The Dead Epimony Sessions," and it will have a full-length studio release later this year.
* Within The Grey, who has a new single, "Better Path."
Cover is just $5.
Country music's Dylan Scott will be in concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday at 360 East Ave. bar in Kankakee. Originally from Louisiana, Scott "loves hunting and old school country," according to a news release. He got his record deal when he was 19. Scott's self-titled album dropped on Aug. 12, and he's enjoyed success with the two singles, "Crazy Over Me" and "My Girl."
360 East, at 360 S. East Ave. in Kankakee, is selling about 200 tickets for the show. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at outhousetickets.com.