Welcome back to Nicole who’s spending a third season as a costume designer with the Bigfork Summer Playhouse!
What role(s) do you play at the BSP?
I’m designing the costumes this season for 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Chicago. In the previous two summers I designed 9 to 5, The Music Man, and Guys and Dolls.
How long have you been involved in theatre?
I’ve been involved in theatre for what seems like my whole life. I don’t remember a time where I wasn’t in dance classes, choir, or going to performing arts camps. I realized my passion for costumes when I found myself staying after rehearsals in middle school to help other kids pick out their outfits.
I started designing in high school and haven’t stopped. I graduated from Indiana University with a BA in Theatre and Drama with an emphasis in costume design and technology. I started taking graduate courses after my sophomore year. The reason I keep putting myself through the insanity of theatre is that I can’t imagine it any other way.
How long have you been at Bigfork Summer Playhouse?
This is my third year here in Bigfork with the Playhouse and I couldn’t be happier to be back. I was lucky to find Don at the South Eastern Theatre Conference, where he also met Nicholas Graves, my [now] fiancee. Asking us both to join the company was a serious incentive to make our way here. I’m sure we both would have made the decision to come here regardless of the other, but it definitely didn’t hurt!
What is your favorite thing to do in your “off” time while staying in Bigfork?
Unfortunately I don’t have much off time. In the costume shop we work all day. After the seven weeks it takes to get everything up and running, we scatter across the country again, most of us to new jobs. While I am here in Bigfork, tt’s always nice to pop into the stores, galleries, and restaurants on Electric Avenue.
What else would you like to add?
I’m extremely fortunate to be able to say that I truly love what I do. I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to collaborate with, and I’m sure I’ll be coming back to the BSP for a very long time.