Welcome back, Jennifer Poarch of Lenoir, North Carolina! Or should we say, “welcome back” times four? This is Jennifer’s FIFTH season with the Bigfork Summer Playhouse! Get to know Jennifer by reading her responses to our “getting to know you” questions below.
What role(s) do you play at the BSP this season?
This year I’m Director of THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
What is your personal history with theatre?
I began dancing when I was two years old (my mother said I begged her to let me start). By the age of four I was performing in community theater. The theater bug bit me early. I found it fascinating how one could tell a story through movement, song, and dance. I continued to build my talents as well as my discipline and dedication. I have no regrets and continue to praise God with the gifts that he has given me for as long as possible.
This is my fifth season at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse. My first two years I worked as an actor/choreographer. My third year I was a director/choreographer of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and choreographed the other three shows that season. Since 2012, I’ve served as a director of one or two shows every chance I get (thanks to the Bigfork “Parents” — DT, Frank and Brach).
What is your favorite thing to do in your “off” time while staying in Bigfork?
I enjoy walking by DT’s desk every day and waving hello. If he isn’t busy, I run in to hug his neck and have a quick chat. Outside the theater, I love walking along the river and taking in as much of this beautiful scenery as possible.
Fortunately, I have a full year planned upon leaving the Playhouse. I head directly to North Carolina to perform in two productions: KISS ME KATE (as Kate) and A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING (as a soloist and featured dancer). After those contracts end, I head to Michigan to perform in RING OF FIRE (the female track and guitarist).
Anything else you would you like to add?
In the words of Muzzy Van Hossmere (a principle character in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE), “follow your heart.”