Continuing our blog post series that features 2013 cast and crew members at The Bigfork Summer Playhouse, today we highlight Ryan Thomas, spending his first summer with the BSP!
Ryan Thomas — Boise, Idaho
What role(s) do you play at the BSP?
I play woodwinds in the pit orchestra for the Bigfork Summer Playhouse, specifically flute, clarinet, and alto and tenor saxophones. You can hear me playing in Spamalot, Chicago, The Sound of Music, and Legally Blonde. (That’s me with my contrabass sax in the photo down below.)
How long have you been involved in theatre?
Music has played an immense part for most of my life. I considered other career options throughout college, but always returned to music, primarily because of my passion for performing and expressing myself through my instruments.
I have been playing in theatrical productions and musicals for only a few years — I mainly play saxophone with an emphasis on jazz. Theatre-related work is a different beast, and as demanding as playing in the pit orchestra is, it’s an extremely enjoyable experience nonetheless.
How long have you been at Bigfork Summer Playhouse?
This is my first season with BSP. I found out about the opportunity through a friend of mine at the University of Idaho whose colleague had played with BSP the previous two years. I had performed in a pit orchestra before, primarily at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, so this particular job opening was right up my alley. I immediately got in touch with Brach Thomson and was brought on board shortly afterwards.
What is your favorite thing to do in your “off” time while staying in Bigfork?
Bigfork is a great town! I’ve learned of a few hot spots in the area to hang out, but I’m still learning about more places to go and things to do. When I’m not rewriting music or practicing for the shows I’m trying out different things and meeting new people. I knew no one in Bigfork before starting with BSP and already I have made some great friends. It’s great place to spend the summer!
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