A warm welcome back to Ian LeRoy, Music Director and Keyboard Musician from Orwell, Ohio! Get acquainted with Ian below!
How long have you been at Bigfork Summer Playhouse? This is my third year at BSP as a music director and my second year in the pit orchestra. I came to Bigfork to music direct a production of Chicago that my college professor Kevin P. Kern was directing and have been hooked ever since.
The primary reason I’ve come back is the amount I learn every day from Brach, Dwayne, Frank, DT, and everyone else involved with the theatre. Bigfork continues to be an essential part of my growth as a theatre artist, musician, and person. There are some truly extraordinary people running this place.
Please share your personal history with theatre.
My first theatre experience was as a 13-year-old Baby John in West Side Story, and like so many people I immediately fell in love. I started playing in pits and music directing more regularly when I got to college, and decided to pursue it as a career after a life-changing production of Godspell in 2012.
What is your favorite thing to do in your “off” time while staying in Bigfork? Hiking, hiking, hiking. I love Glacier National Park, but I have a soft spot in my heart for Jewel Basin. The trail to Birch Lake was my first serious hike in Montana and I went with a few people that are still some of my closest friends today.
What are your plans after the BFSP season ends?
I’m planning to move to New York City!
Anything else you’d like to add?
Fun fact: In 2003 I was briefly in callbacks for the title role in the Phantom of the Opera film. It was a close call, but they decided Gerard Butler had a better look ; )