Returning to the Bigfork Summer Playhouse for a 4th season is choreographer Taavon Gamble of Baltimore, Maryland! We are thrilled to have him back! Read below to see what brings Taavon back to Bigfork year after year…
What role(s) do you play at the BSP this season?
This season I’m choreographing “West Side Story” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”
What is your personal history with theatre?
I started rather early with dancing. I started taking classes at a young age at a studio in my hometown. I then joined a dance company when I was 15 — it was a performing and touring company and I did that for two years. Performing and theatre have always been part of my life. It was never a question to me or my parents that it was what I was going to do — it was just a matter of what exactly to do.
I had so many desires and never liked being boxed into one category. So theatre was a natural fit because it brought everything I wanted to do all together. I attended Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA where I received my degree in theatre.
In 2008 I joined Actors Equity and have had the opportunity to perform at many wonderful theatres as well as to tour nationally. I still perform to this day, as well as direct and choreograph.
This is my fourth season with the company, marking my seventh and eighth productions with them. I’ve previously choreographed “Guys and Doll,s” “The Wedding Singer,” “High School Musical,” “The Music Man,” “Chicago,” and “Spamalot.” I enjoy coming back each year.
What is your favorite thing to do in your “off” time while staying in Bigfork?
I try as much as possible each year to make my way to all the local businesses and restaurants in town. There’s not too much downtime for me with our schedule and doing two shows at once. At this point I’ve gotten to know many of the locals well. It’s always great to see them each year and catch up.
What are your plans after the BFSP season ends?
After my time here I’ll be heading off to Maine to direct and choreograph “A Chorus Line” at Arundel Barn Playhouse. It will be my second season there. Last season I directed and choreographed “All Shook Up.”