Music Man Quartet Rehearsal at Bigfork Summer Playhouse

The Music Man is up and running at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse.  It rotates with three other shows.  check out this rehearsal of the barbershop quartet.  The four members of the school board, usually bicker and argue, but through music find ‘harmony’.

Caleb Jernigan, Nick Selting, Tyler Humphrey and Patrick Detloff sing Lyda Rose.  Music director (at the piano) is Alicia Bullock-Muth.

Tickets are still available.  The Music Man performs through August 22.



Bigfork Summer Playhouse Actors Casey Weems & Patrick Detloff

Bigfork Summer Playhouse actors Casey Weems, from Florida, & Patrick Detloff, from Texas, talk about their experience in Bigfork Montana.  Both are returning members and love the Flathead valley.  Casey is here for her second season and Patrick is in his fourth season.  Both plan to make acting a career.

While in Bigfork, they love to tube on the Swan river, boat and swim on Flathead lake, and visit Glacier Park.

Casey plays Lola in Damn Yankees and Patrick is Tinsworthy in 9 to 5 and Rocky in Damn Yankees.



“High School Musical” – at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse!


Disney’s High School Musical focuses on a high school jock, Troy, and a nerd, Gabriella, who, while on their family vacations, discover they both love singing. They decide to try out for the high school musical but their friends try to stop them. The show focuses on issues of popularity, first love, balancing education with extra curricular activities, and the value of friends and family.

Disney’s “High School Musical” will open July 3rd, 2012  this year! If you have children that loved the movie, now is your chance to let them see it live in Bigfork, MT. With just two weeks to put this production together our professional actors have done an outstanding job.

Music and lyrics were done by a variety disney musical artists and it is based on a book by David Sampatico. For this show the choreographer is Taavon Gamble, the music director is Lizzey Hatfield, and the director of the show is WM. Perry Morgan.

Below is a video about the show and then there is also a video about the scenery designer for the High School Musical too!

Rich designed the scenery for the High School Musical and here he is to talk about it:

Bigfork Summer Playhouse – Scenery Designer – Rich Haptonstall

Rich is the scenic designer of our show the “High School Musical.” He is from Kalispell, MT. Rich says that, “I feel like a hippie, but rarely act like one!”  Rich is a fun outgoing guy and does his job well. He has worked many places, currently at the FUCC. Rich likes that there is a lot of creative collaboration in theater. Rich’s goal for the next ten years is to help students grow into thoughtful, respectful, theatre artists. He has gotten to where he is now by being persistent and “faking it” as he puts it.

Rich says that, ” Don Thomson, Judy Thomson, and Brach Thomson run the best summer stock theatre in the country. They make everyone feel appreciated!”

In his free time Rich likes to kayak, ski and golf.

We asked him if he could sum up his life in a sentence and he said, “dumb luck!”

After the summer season ends Rich will be heading another semester at FUCC. Check out this video for a look at him working!


Bigfork Summer Playhouse – Peyton Tucker – Actor

Peyton Thomas Tucker is from Manassas, Virginia.  He went to school in Tallahassee, Florida. In his own words he says, “I am exactly who I am, and I have yet to find someone quite like me. Not so much that I would say I am a one of a kind individual, but I am just way different than most.” Tucker plays Harold Hill in “The Music Man,” Old Joe Boyd in “Damn Yankees,” Ensemble/Ripper in the “High School Musical,” and the Detective/Ensemble in the show “9 to 5 – The Musical.” Tucker has worked at The Lost Colony, and the Grey Ghost Theatre Company. What Peyton likes about theatre is “Getting to share an ephemeral experience with people that can take them away from reality and transport them to a place where they can get lost in a story.”

For the short term, Tucker is hoping to book work for the Fall and the rest of the year, either touring or in regional theatre. Later,  he hopes to have a strong base in NYC with an agent consistently working for him in 10 years.

Tucker started doing musical theatre in 9th grade but got serious about it the Summer before his senior year. He attended FSU and has recently graduated with his Bachelors in Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. He has worked several places as explained above, and has staged reading including dance concerts, an opera, and a collaborative piece called Asddier’s Table.

Tucker loves the education and growth he gets from the Bigfork Summer Playhouse, professionally and in his personal life. Also, because the Thomsons  are heading the playhouse, he says, “It’s like coming home to family.”

In his free time, Peyton likes to play baseball, likes to hike, likes to camp, and volunteers at the fire department.

We asked Tucker what he would say if he could sum up his life in a sentence and he said, “Dreaming the impossible, while maintaining that certain panache.” We also asked him if he had a personal quote and this is what he said: “Maddest of all is to see life as it is rather than as it should be.”

After his experience here at the playhouse, Tucker will be looking for a job for the Fall and Winter, most likely in New York city. He is a great actor and we are glad to have him for the Summer and wish him the best.

Bigfork Summer Playhouse – Travis Cox – Theatre Tech

Travis Cox (AKA : “T – Cox”), works at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse as a tech, carpenter, and the stage hand for all of the shows.Cox is from Missouri and has worked in Las Vegas, New York, London, Pennsylvania, and also in his home state: Missouri. He grew up on a cattle farm. He has worked at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse for three years now and enjoys coming back as well. Travis is a very outgoing person. He is the first to include someone and is great to talk with because he cracks multiple jokes in the span of a conversation. From his own words he says that he is, “A good ol’ redneck from Missouri, that enjoys art and adventure.” The one thing Travis likes about theatre is working with people from all walks of life to accomplish one awesome goal.  When Cox is finished for the Summer, he plans to help his folks finish their house and get the farm ready.

His goal in life is to eventually run a technical program at a university or a professional theatre.

In his free time, Travis likes to camp, fish, boat, and play sports. We asked if he could sum up his life in one sentence and  this is what he said: “What an awesomely wild ride.”

Travis likes working with Dwayne (stage manager), the actors, the staff, and the community best at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse. He would also like to thank all his friends and family for all their support. And he would like to end this by saying, “I love you Truman.”

“The Music Man” – Shining at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse

The Bigfork summer Playhouse is pleased to announce the opening of “The Music Man” on June 19th this summer season. This could possibly be the show that will make you laugh, cry, and make you go, “awww cute.” This show is about a Con man Harold hill who travels to the small town of River City, Iowa to earn his fortune. He decides to convince the town that they need a boys’ band and then plans to run away once the boys have paid for instruments and uniforms. He even claims to be a professor of music. His scheme is moving along perfectly until Harold falls in love with the town piano teacher, Marian. Even though she knows that he’s a con man, she still loves him for the hope that he brought to the town. Harold, on the other hand, is inspired by Marian’s goodness, reveals his secrets to the town and becomes an honest man.


This show is a classic favorite and is sure to be a great show!  Here is an interview with the stars of the show and another interview with the productions staff of the music man!

[note color=”#f6e6a7″]“The music is always there, it’s just waiting to be played.” When a no good con-man appears in small town Iowa to swindle its citizens out of their hard earned savings he does so with ease. But, in the process he also opens their eyes and their hearts as they begin to see life through a new song. That song reminds us as an audience that the music is there, but it is up to us to choose to listen. ~DAN SHARKY, Director [/note]     

Music & lyrics by Meredith Wilson
Book by Meredith Wilson, The Music Man

Directed by Dan Sharky

Choreographed by Tavaan Gamble

Music Directed by Allicia Bullock-Mutt

Bigfork Summer Playhouse Actor – David Brumfield

David Brumfield is an actor for the Bigfork Summer Playhouse. He’s from Prairieville, Louisianna. David is a hoot, he  loves people. He says, “I try to be as friendly and as kind to everyone as possible.” He is fun and always has a smile to share! And on a side note he loves mermaids! This is his first professional job as an actor here in Bigfork, MT. Here at the playhouse, he plays in “Music Man” as Mayor Shinn, “Damn Yankees” as Welch/Linville, “High School Musical” as Jack Scott / Kratnoff, and in “9 to 5” he is the doctor. He loves working in theater because he can sing and dance and still get paid for it. In his own words he says, “It makes me happy.”


David came to Bigfork, MT through the SETC but his theater education started in high school. He currently attends Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, IA. He is studying towards his B.S in theater with a concentration in musical theater performance and performance/directing. In the short term, David wants to head back to school once the summer is over and start rehearsals for “Smokey Joe’s Cafe.” He also is looking forward to graduating with his degree.

In his free time he loves to spend time with his friends. He loves the wonderful opportunities and the repertoire of shows that he is able to perform in.

To See David Brumfield, Come See Our Shows Playing All Summer!

Bigfork Summer Playhouse Actor – Tyler Humphrey

Tyler D. Humphrey is an actor at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse. Humphrey is from Palatka, Florida. He is a fun and out going guy who loves to meet new people. And he is very passionate about acting and will be the first one to tell you so. In the shows this year, Tyler plays Mr. Applegate in “Damn Yankees,” Dwayne in “9 to5,” Olin Brit in “The Music Man,” and Alan in “High School Musical.” Professionally, this is his first acting job he has had. Humphrey loves theater, he says, “The feeling I get when im on stage is unlike any other.”

For the future, he plans to follow his dream to perform on Broadway. Tyler’s favorite thing about working for the Bigfork Summer Playhouse is that he gets to do four shows at once. He says, “They keep you busy!” He also enjoys working with everyone at the playhouse.

To get to where he is now he began training at the Florida School of Arts, his first college. He now attends Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA.  He is a senior now and  is very happy to be almost done with his schooling in Winchester. The one thing he looks forward to in the short run is finishing school.

In Tyler’s free time he likes to listen to relaxing music like Gavin Degraw, Jason Mraz, Eric Hutchinson, and Kris Allen. He also likes to just sit down and enjoy the free time that he has because he is a busy man.

And lastly, some fun facts about Tyler. Humphrey’s favorite song is “She’s Always a Woman” by Billy Joel. “Mrs. Doubtfire is his favorite movie. And “HAIR” is his favorite musical.

You can see Tyler this summer at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse!

Damn Yankees – Hitting Home Runs at Our New Show

Bigfork Summer Playhouse-- Damn Yankees

The Bigfork summer playhouse is hitting home runs with this Summer’s season, and their production of “Damn Yankees.” The Broadway smash
hit is filled with baseball players, a steamy seductress and a desperate real estate
Joe Boyd is a typical middle-aged man who is addicted to baseball. Every baseball
season is painful for him because his team, the Washington Senators, always loses to
the Yankees. Joe ends up making a pact with the Devil that allows Joe Boyd to turn into
the slugger, Joe Hardy. Hardy becomes the savior of the Washington Senators and a
star in the Major Leagues. The problem is that Joe has also agreed to let the Devil have
his soul. Luckily, the deal included an escape clause that allows him to return back to
his normal life. After great success as a baseball player and various attempts by the
Devil to convince Joe to remain young, Joe decides to return to his wife. For more information check out this interview:

Damn Yankees runs all summer and opens June 5th
Call the box office and check out the website for more information.

Music & lyrics by Richard Adler, Jerry Ross
Book by George Abbott, Douglass Wallop