November 19 - December 19

big, The Musical

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Presenting Sponsor: AdventHealth

Producing Sponsor: Duke Energy


Book by John Weidman | Music by David Shire | Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr

When you’re young, you can’t wait to be grown-up… But being big and tall does not make you a grown-up. 13-year-old Josh Baskin knows one thing: being a kid is no fun! So when a rusty arcade machine magically transforms him into a 30-year-old man, Josh knows this is his chance to have the time of his life! Still a kid at heart, Josh navigates a grown-up world and reminds his new colleagues and himself of the joys of childhood in this fun-filled musical based on the beloved 1980s film. Everyone grows old, but you don’t have to grow up! 

Run Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes, plus a 15 minute intermission. 


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This project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program. This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida. This project is funded in part by United Arts of Central Florida, home of and

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cast & crew


Josh Baskin: Chase Williams
Susan Lawrence: Olga Intriago
Zoltar/George MacMillan: Michael Morman
Mrs. Baskin/Miss Watson: Christine Brandt
Young Josh Baskin: Camden Robinett
Billy Kopecki: Jack Jessup
Paul Seymour/Ensemble: Joshua Oliveras
Junior Executive/Abigail/Ensemble: Cherry Gonzalez
Mrs. Kopecki/Junior Executive/Diane/Ensemble: Lindsay Nicole Steinberg
Birnbaum/Nick/Ensemble: Omar Mulero
Mr. Kopecki/Lipton/Tom/Ensemble: Landon Summers
Detective/Barrett/Ensemble: Meagan Ballard
Derek/Ensemble: A.J. De Leon**
Junior Executive/Ensemble: Emma Barker**
Ensemble: Graham Barker
Ensemble: Jacquelyn Salisbury
Junior Executive/Ensemble/Swing: Nicholas Querino**
Cynthia Benson/Ensemble: Victoria Salisbury


Music Director/Keys: Chris Endsley
Bass: Emmaleigh Carr
Drums: Dave Kropf
Guitar: Greg Pakstis
Reeds: Joe Barone


Director: Joseph C. Walsh
Apprentice Director: Luisa Luo**
Music Director: Chris Endsley
Apprentice Music Director: Safin Karim**
Choreography: Christopher Payen
Apprentice Choreographer: Emma Barker**
Scenic Design: Cliff Price
Lighting Design: Erin Miner
Costume Design: Annie Trombo
Sound Design: Anthony Narciso*
Apprentice Sound Design: Jackson Dowling**
Stage Manager: Stephanie Elliott
Assistant Stage Manager: Erica Felton
Apprentice Stage Manager: Helena Sanchez**
Apprentice Stage Manager: Valarie Kutemeier**
*Member, United Scenic Artists
**Apprentice, Daniel Mills Apprenticeship Program


Audience Reviews

Big was another great performance at the Garden Theatre. Big totally exceeded our expectations and the singing and acting were spot on. It was nice to see the performer’s faces without masks. If you have time this holiday season, we definitely recommend going or giving tickets out for this wonderful performance.” – Garden Theatre Guest

“This musical was fun, the acting was good, and the singers were very good. The kids were fantastic… Really enjoyed this musical.” – Garden Theatre Guest

“It’s a great family fun show. Great performers, amazing talent, good songs and wholesome fun.” – Garden Theatre Guest

“Stupendous! Magnificent! Everyone should see it!” – Garden Theatre Guest

“The show was terrific! The performers were so talented. I had a smile on my face to the entire show.” – Garden Theatre Guest

Critic Reviews

“BIG is exuberant and good-spirited with enough childlike charm to keep a smile on your face.” – Aaron Wallace, BroadwayWorld Orlando


ASL-Interpreted Performance

Thursday, December 2, 2021 | 7:30 pm

Sponsored by: Universal Orlando Resort


Garden Theatre will present an American Sign Language-interpreted performance.

When looking at the stage, the interpreters will be located in front of the stage on the far right.

For more information about the best seating to view the interpreters, please email


Sensory-Friendly Performance

Saturday, December 11, 2021 | 2:00 pm

This performance is for families that have members (both children and adults) with Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), and special needs.

Special modifications will be made for this performance, including reduced volume levels and modifications to lighting, haze, and other special effects.

Families are welcome to bring items (blankets, pillows, noise reducing headphones, etc.) to make their visit more comfortable.

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