Welcome back to Bigfork Summer Playhouse to Nicole Zausmer of Longmont, Colorado! This is her fourth year at BSP and we are thrilled she’s back to share her costuming gifts. Read more about Nicole below!
What role(s) do you play at the BSP this season?
I’m the costume shop manager as well as the costume designer for “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and “Tarzan.”
What is your personal history with theatre?
I realized my passion when I began staying after my middle school theatre rehearsals to help other kids put their costumes together. In high school I began designing for the school’s productions, including shows that toured and competed in One Act competitions.
By college I was volunteering in the costume shop and designing for independent productions all over campus. Each summer I found myself traveling to a new location: London, to study abroad; The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey as a stitcher; designing in The Catskill Mountains for Stagedoor Manor; and designing in Montana with the Bigfork Summer Playhouse.
After graduation I moved to Oklahoma with my then-fiance and company member Nicholas Graves. I worked as a freelance designer for the Oklahoma City Theatre Company and St. Gregory’s University while spot lighting as a guest professor at St. Gregory’s University and the Oklahoma Baptist University. After the wedding we landed in Colorado. So far I have made some incredible connections.
How long have you been at Bigfork Summer Playhouse?
This is my fourth season with the Playhouse. I remember interviewing with Don years ago, thinking he was not interested in me in the least. My first design was that summer — Guys and Dolls. I’ve been lucky enough to come back each year with new creative challenges each time. None of my designs have ever had much cross over, which is refreshing as a designer. I’ve designed Guys and Dolls, 9 to 5, The Music Man, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Chicago, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and Tarzan.
I have also been managing the costume shop, which is a new challenge for me as well. I love nothing more than learning new things and BSP has always afforded me those opportunities.
What is your favorite thing to do in your “off” time while staying in Bigfork?
Unfortunately, our off time is slim to none during the first seven weeks. After the shows are up and running, the designers and technicians leave for the most part. I try to make it a point to get to Glacier at least once. Nature walks, the bridge, Wayfarers are also close to the top of my list.
What are your plans after the BFSP season ends?
I’m heading home to Longmont, Colorado with my husband and fellow designer, Nicholas Graves. I’ll be jumping into a production of Swing! with the Little Theatre of the Rockies. A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum is after, produced by the Metropolitan State University of Denver.