Big Fish Meet the Artist: Kaet Sisney

4G7A9185Who are you?  What year are you?  What are your interests?
Hi! My name is Kaet Sisney and I’m a junior! I love the performing arts, and when I’m not doing theatre, I enjoy playing the french horn, being a part of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, singing, cooking, reading, and spending time with my dogs Piper and Miranda.

What exactly do you do for Big Fish the Musical?
I play Josephine and Amos’ wife, and I am in the ensemble for a few songs. I love that I get to dance and sing in the ensemble and also work on my acting skills in the role of Josephine, who is Will’s wife and Edward’s daughter-in-law. 

What brought you to join the cast, crew, pit for Big Fish the Musical??
Although I wasn’t able to be a part of Shrek during my freshman year, I absolutely loved being in The Little Mermaid and couldn’t imagine passing up another opportunity to dance, sing, and act on stage with all the friends I’ve made and continue to make through Homestead theatre!

Do you have any stories from rehearsals, practices or crew sessions?
One of the coolest parts of rehearsals so far, I think, was when David Blatz, who plays Karl the Giant, got his stilts! David is already a pro at walking in stilts, and seeing someone who is already super tall become even taller is hilarious!

Big Fish the Musical tells the story of a father and son coming to terms with each other as the father comes to the end of his life.  It’s about love and life, sorrow and death. How have you connected to this story? How will the audience connect to this story?
I feel a strong connection to this show because I see my own family reflected so many ways in Will, Edward, and Sandra. It’s not always easy for a father and child to understand each other, and I definitely can connect with Will. He’s trying his best to grow up and start finding his place in the world when there are still many things about life that he has yet to learn. He thinks that his father is trying to impress him with extravagant stories and secrets, but in reality, all Edward has ever tried to do for his son is inspire him to strive for greatness and be a hero of sorts. Not necessarily a hero who is always perfect or always saves the day, but a hero who is willing to take on anything and who appreciates a good fantasy or two. Big Fish serves up the startling reality that the time we have with our parents is finite and that the rapid speed of life makes it all too easy to take their love and wisdom for granted.

What do you hope the audience will be thinking about in the car as they drive home after this show?
I hope that the audience will laugh, cry, cheer, and smile throughout the show and that they leave thinking about what they want to do to “be the heroes” of their own stories, in whatever ways they interpret that and feel a connection to their lives.

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