A big Montana welcome to Andy Burns, Actor, from Nicholasville, Kentucky! Andy is spending his first season with the Bigfork Summer Playhouse and we’re thrilled he is with us. Get to know Andy in his blog feature below…
What role(s) do you play at the BSP this season?
Willard — Footloose
Harold Ickes — Annie
Ancestor — Addams Family
Duke/Dr. Carrasco — Man of LaMancha
How long have you been at Bigfork Summer Playhouse?
This is my first season with the Playhouse. I auditioned at SETC and felt a great vibe from the minute I walked into their hotel room for the callback (I mean… they gave me free candy!) But deciding to spend the summer in Montana wasn’t easy. This is the furthest I’ve ever been away from home, and my first time on this side of the country.
When making my decision, I asked a lot of people for advice. Every single person who’d ever heard of Bigfork had nothing but wonderful things to say about it. They all swore up and down that it would be one of the most exciting and worthwhile adventures of my life. They were right.
Please share your personal history with theatre.
My theatrical career began as a singing handbell in a church musical at the age of three. I fell in love with Lexington Children’s Theatre in the fifth grade. I did theatre all through high school, but it was at LCT that I fell in love with the art storytelling. I wouldn’t be the artist I am today had it not been for the wonderful folks there.
What is your favorite thing to do in your “off” time while staying in Bigfork?
I cannot wait to jump into the beautiful lake! I’ve never seen water so clear. It’s quite different from the Kentucky River, I’ll say that…
What are your plans after the BFSP season ends?
I’ll be going back to Northern Kentucky University for my junior year. I’ll also pick back up with my job as the music director at Hopeful Lutheran Church.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I’m a musician who fell in love with musical theatre. I love to perform, but I have a great deal of passion for music direction, and I hope that becomes my primary job.