Welcome aboard to Lisa-Marie Castro, Costume Designer, from Anchorage, Alaska and Germany! Lisa is with the Playhouse for the first time this season and is loving her experience. Get to know Lisa-Marie as she responds to our interview questions below…
What role(s) do you play at the BSP this season?
Costume Designer — Footloose
Cutter & Stitcher — The Addams Family, Man of La Mancha, and Annie
How long have you been at Bigfork Summer Playhouse?
This is my first season here at Bigfork! Interestingly enough, I was researching other internship opportunities when my costume professor let me know of Bigfork’s designer internship opening. So, I contacted Nicole Zausmer, the shop manager here, and Don Thomson, and I don’t regret it one bit! This is a great growing experience, especially since Alaska can have limited opportunities available.
Please share your personal history with theatre.
I was actually very dramatic when I was younger. I acted out everything I watched (I specifically remember watching “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and pretending I was Jack Skelington and climbing/walking on the couch.) I also remember doing a “Peter Rabbit Cottontail” play in kindergarten and I still remember my lines from that. (“We picked blackberries, sugar and cream, yum yum.”) After that, I did not do any theatre until my senior year of high school.
Since I was raised in a military family, I moved around the world and the schools I went to did not have theatre programs. After my senior year, I got the bug and chose to do theatre. I started with acting and loved it and have been in a few shows, such as “M. Butterfly,” and I hope to do more acting in the future. But I also enjoy costuming and design. It’s like playing dress-up, but for other people! And it’s really cool when you pick something out for someone and they just can’t hide their excitement! It’s infectious and there are a lot of great company members this year that I can feed energy off from!
What is your favorite thing to do in your “off” time while staying in Bigfork?
I am a binge-watcher of Netflix, but I do like walking around town sometimes or going swimming. There are a couple of restaurants here with really good food, too. I’m hoping to do more things when I have more time, like go to Glacier National Park. Apparently, it’s a must-see! Also, I really enjoy being around my fellow costumers. We all get along very well and they make this experience all the better!
What are your plans after the BFSP season ends?
My fiance’, Kevin (who is a technician here at Bigfork this season), and I will roadtrip all the way back to Anchorage and make a couple of stops that we could not make before. I’ll be going back to the University of Alaska Anchorage this fall to finish a couple of credits and finally get my undergrad degree! I’ll be telling a lot of people back home about this place! I’m happy to spend most of my summer around several driven theatre lovers!
Anything else you’d like to add?
For those interested in a roadtrip to Alaska from the lower 48, a hint: Buy “The Milepost.” It is the most useful book and completely more useful than just using a GPS. It even lists what campgrounds or hotels are nearby all along the Alaskan Highway. I also don’t mind giving tips about things to do in Alaska!