BFG Publicity YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpFaPuPgR3E
A password protected Vimeo recording of our BFG production is available to students and friends at https://vimeo.com/167669157 ( Email Margaret Larlham for password: firstname.lastname@example.org)
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