The Big Friendly Giant
Adapted from Roald Dahl’s best-selling book by David Wood, The Big Friendly Giant is the story of Sophie, a young orphan, who spies The BFG from her window one night. When he spots her and whisks her away to Giant Country, Sophie fears for her life. But, The BFG is not like other giants: instead of eating “human beans,” The BFG eats only “vegitibbles” like “snozzcumbers,” and instead of nightly hunting rampages, he collects pleasant dreams to deliver to sleeping children. Together Sophie and The BFG try to save England from the “gizzardgulpers” – orphan-eating giants who lack The BFG’s heart.
SCT last mounted The Big Friendly Giant as part of the 2002-2003 season to rave reviews. According to SCT Artistic Director Linda Hartzell, “This is one of our most requested plays of all time. With its gorgeous language, fantastical characters, and ingenious puppetry, it’s no wonder Roald Dahl and his Big Friendly Giant are so beloved.”
This year’s production includes some of the artistic talent from the previous production, as well as an incredible group of artists new to their roles. Jennifer Sue Johnson reprises her role as Sophie, and Douglas N. Paasch, puppet master and actor in the previous production, returns as puppet designer and master this year. Joining Johnson and Paasch are Charles Leggett as the BFG and Anthony Leroy Fuller, Morgan Rowe, Caety Sagoian and Connor Toms as a host of giants, queens, generals and other characters, with Trick Danneker and Keely Wolter as understudies.
SCT is particularly pleased to welcome back Leggett, who last graced these stages in Honus and Me as part of the 2005-2006 season. Leggett is currently receiving brilliant reviews for his role as Sir Toby Belch in Seattle Rep’s production of Twelfe Night. Of this role, the Seattle Times said, “With this turn, the Seattle stage veteran makes one of those leaps that transform a serviceable actor into a superior one.”
The Big Friendly Giant is directed by Rita Giomi, Artistic Associate at SCT. Giomi has directed over a dozen SCT productions, including most recently Everyone Knows What a Dragon Looks Like and Jason and the Golden Fleece.