The second in our “bio-blogs” about the 2013 cast and crew at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse, we’d like to introduce Kevin P Kern. (Kevin notes: “I have to use my middle initial to differentiate myself from the other Kevin Kern, an actor frequently on Broadway.)
Here are Kevin’s responses to the questions we asked of all cast members this season…
Kevin P Kern — Alliance, OH
What role(s) do you play at the BSP?
I’m the Director of CHICAGO. It’s been a show I’ve wanted to direct for years. It presents a fascinating critique of the media and the culture of celebrity in our country, but it does it in a highly entertaining and stylized manner.
How long have you been involved in theatre??
31 years. I’m a professor of Theatre at Univ. Mount Union. One of the great perks of being a professor is that your summers are free to travel and do Theatre. Last summer was outdoor Shakespeare in Los Angeles — this year it’s Musical Theatre in Montana.
How long have you been at Bigfork Summer Playhouse?
This is my first year. I worked at Missoula Children’s Theatre years ago and met the Thompsons at a gathering of Montana Theatre folk. For years we’ve tried to work together, but our schedules never permitted it. Finally this year, it worked!
What is your favorite thing to do in your “off” time while staying in Bigfork?
It sounds corny, but I like to watch rehearsals for other shows. I like to see how other directors work. The Bigfork Inn is a pretty comfortable hang out as well.
What else would you like to add?
If Theatre is done right, it should look easy. It should appear so effortless that everyone thinks they could do it. But the reality is that nothing could be further from the truth. The artists at Bigfork put in a remarkable amount of time while they’re here. But they’ve also put in years of work and study before they got this gig.