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The BFG (Big Friendly Giant)

By Roald Dahl

Adapted by David Wood

Directed by Margaret Larlham for School of Theatre, Television and Film Season 2016


 Sophie                                            Taylor Loew

BFG                                                Thomas Block

Fleshlumpeater/Mr Tibbs                 Javier Padilla

Bloodbottler/ Head Of Airforce          Deion Selma

Bonecruncher/ Head Of Army            Matt Tornero

Meatdripper/ Mary The Maid            Emily Bruning

Childchewer/ Queen Of England        Alexis Park

Gizzardgulper/Queen Of Sweden      Cristina LaMar

Father Simkins/Pilot                         Patrick Clark

Headmaster/Pilot                             Travis Johnson

Rebecca/Pilot/Undermaid                 Kelty Morash

Miss Plumridge/Pilot                        Alli Thiss

Sam Simkins/Pilot                            Nate Zaslov

Pilot/Schoolboy                                Ryan Almario


Scenic Design                                  Margaret Larlham

Costume Design                               Nao Kobayashi

Lighting Design                                A.J Paulin

Sound Design                                  Caroline Andrew

Projection Design                            Sean Murray

Dramaturg                                      Melissa Hawkins + Kimberley King

Stage Manager                                Beonica Bullard

Choreographer                                Elena Malekkou

Accent Coach                                  Peter Larlham

Song Orchestration                          Charlie Jirkovsky


BFG Puppet guest star created  by Eric Van Wyk

Technical Direction                           Tim McCalister

Scenic Charge and Props Master      René Nielson

Assistant Lighting                            Michael Glover, Adran Belmes

Assistant Costume Designers            Jazmine Choi and Kat Walker

Giant Artisans                                 Ryan Almario, Beatrice Collins, Carly Dellinger, Aria Huerto, Nick Pecher,Emily Small, Teri Tavares, Kat Walker, Emily Wilson.

Audio Mixer                                              Valerie Campos

Draper                                            Peter Herman

Production supervised by Faculty and Staff of the School of Theatre. Television and Film: D.J. Hopkins, Denitsa Bliznakova, Anne McMills, Brian McVicker, Shelley Orr, Peter Nordyke, Terri Tavares.

Director’s Note of Thanks:

I read a lot of Roald Dahl to my children when they were young and they turned out to be exceptional adults. (Some credit goes to their father I have to admit.)

So, despite this mischievous story of an idiosyncratic giant exhibiting wayward language skills and somewhat irregular diet, I highly recommend The BFG to human beans of all ages to toward refining their citizenshippery!

The story begins and ends in faraway London. Casting for our play was drawn from local talent so I have to thank Peter Larlham and his “Accents and Dialects” class and also a visiting exchange student from the University of Kent, Elena Malekkou, for much help on making our cast’s English dialects believable.

In this story Sophie and the BFG (with a little help from the Queen of England) take on a pack of nasty horrid giants. The giants have made a home base in a remote and desolate land, to my mind as the set designer, rather like the edges of the polluted Salton Sea. I am very grateful for the advisory input from Ralph Funicello and a splendid team of faculty and student designers who have contributed to this particular vision of the giant world that you see on our stage.

By a tremendous stroke of luck we have a guest star in this production; the BFG puppet who was created by the extraordinarily inventive Eric van Wyk for Imagination Stage’s recent production. His workshop/visit to introduce giant puppetry to us in February was truly inspiring for our production team and especially costume designer Nao Kobayashi, who has matched the awesome vitality of the BFG puppet with her own brand of ingenuity that you can see on display in our gang of greedy murderous giants.

From the many people I need to thank I additionally acknowledge Charlie Zirkovsky, Adrian Alita, Martina Sunnas and John Brown for their invaluable help and input.

Finally, and in a whacky piñata-type conclusion of twenty years or so of directing plays for youth here at SDSU, I thank the Director, Faculty, Staff, and Students of the School of Theatre, Television, and Film and the Dean of College of Professional and Fine Arts for some remarkable romps on the Don Powell Stage, through Fire and Mist and Clouds, the Mississippi, the Jungle, Wonderland and Neverland! And now…

Let’s endy-end all tyranny

Let’s flatulate all greed,

Let’s represent the freely free—and help all those in need!

It’s up to everyone of us—to her and him and he

Without a doubt—we’ll give a shout to Sophie

And the BFG ee- ee- ee-ee!

Raise your snozzcumbers!


—Margaret Larlham, Director

TYA at SDSU with Margaret Larlham

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