Ian LeRoy – Music Director and Keyboards

A warm welcome back to Ian LeRoy, Music Director and Keyboard Musician from Orwell, Ohio! Get acquainted with Ian below!

Ian_Leroy_Head_ShotWhat role(s) do you play at the BSP this season?
This summer I am the music director for Man of La Mancha. I will also play keyboards in the pit for the full repertory season.

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.

Ian_Leroy_Jewel_BasinWhat 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!

Ian_Leroy_PhantomAnything 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 ; )

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