Continuing in our cast bios, we’d like you to meet Kyle Hughes, actress, spending her first season at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse!
What role(s) do you play at the BSP?
This summer, I will perform as:
“Lady of the Lake” in Spamalot
“Mother Abbess” in The Sound of Music
“Go-to-Hell-Kitty” in Chicago
“Ensemble” member in Legally Blond
How long have you been involved in theatre?
I am quite blessed to say that I do not remember a time when my life was not enriched by theatre! My father, Tom Hughes, served as producer and managing director of the Dallas Summer Musicals for 33 years. My parents met through Dallas musical theatre, and my mom now serves as Head of Fine Arts at The Shelton School in Dallas.
As a little kid, I loved to put on shows for my family standing on the fireplace hearth. The summer after 3rd grade, I was in my first musical at church about David and Goliath. My sister is an amazing volleyball player and I’ve always followed her around in that obsessed fashion known well to little sisters. But in the seventh grade, when my mom asked if I wanted to sign up to play volleyball on a club level, I chose a community theatre production of Guys and Dolls instead. I performed at that theatre, church, and school for the duration of grade school.
I now study drama and religious studies at the University of Virginia. I’m part of a student musical theatre group there as well as the drama department.
How long have you been at Bigfork Summer Playhouse?
This is my first summer here at BSP! I met DT, Frank, and Brach in Louisville at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in March. When I came to sign up for a callback, Frank said, “Hello, Kyle!” As a young actor with a number pinned to my dress, her name recall and sincerity towards me meant the world. I knew those people out there in Montana would take care of me if they were that nice at an audition!
I also took one look at the season and knew I had to work here. We get to perform four terrific musicals! So I flew to a place I’ve never been and have loved it ever since! It’s magical here. I feel very blessed to experience Bigfork Summer Playhouse.
What is your favorite thing to do in your “off” time while staying in Bigfork?
I cannot get enough huckleberry coffee from Bear Foods! I like the dock that’s across the street from Great Northern. There are so many wonderful places to eat and shop here! (And yes, I’m including the Garden Bar!) Ask me this question again in a few weeks… I don’t have much free time yet!
What else would you like to add to your feature that has not been asked?
I’m a Chi Omega at UVA. If anyone is a Chi O, connected to Dallas in some way, or likes to talk a lot, find me after a performance! I love getting to know people! That might be my favorite thing about Bigfork. Members of the community keep bringing the actors food and they stay around to chat. Everyone here has an amazing story and so much wisdom! (And we also really like the food ; )
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