GAYLORD — Gaylord Community Productions recently announced that their annual August musical production is “Big Fish.” The production will have four performances at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9-11 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12, at the Alan L. Gornick Auditorium.

This year Gaylord Community Productions chose a uniquely different show in their selection of “Big Fish.” Now, in 23 years of production, GCP decided to shake things up. Not a household name, “Big Fish” is about a Edward Bloom, a traveling salesperson, husband and father.

“This year is different,” says Sarah Peterson, president. “The leading character in ‘Big Fish’ is a hard-working traveling salesman (husband and father) who comes home with stories about the characters (real or imagined) he met on any particular day.”

Stage director Laura Hotelling states, “The show is like an Edward Bloom Odyssey.” Edward lives life to the fullest… and then some. Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him. Yet, the son of Edward and Edward’s wife are determined to find the truth behind his epic tales.

Tickets are available at Seams Like New (now known as Lady Latte) 130 W. Main St., downtown Gaylord. Ironically located next to (fish store). Prices are $15 for adults; $12 for students, seniors and military. For more information, contact info@gaylordcommunityproductions.com; (231) 546-3889.

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Kurt J. Kolka grew up in the small community of Grayling, Mich., near the forested AuSable River. After majoring in English at college, he began a career in writing and newspapers spanning more than two decades. In his spare time he creates a Christian comic strip, The Cardinal, which has a 28-year history of publication. He has also authored a book, “Bullying is No Laughing Matter” (Front Edge Publications, Ann Arbor, Mich., 2014) and is working on his first novel. Kurt and his wife Diane have been married for more than 25 years and have one daughter, Rebekah, and an overprotective dog, Alli. Of life, Kurt says, “Life is never dull with God at the steering wheel, but, man, does He have a lead foot!” More about Kurt and his musings may be found at www.betweenthepines.org.

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