Kaitlin Sacco – Actress

Kaitlin_Sacco_Head_ShotA Bigfork, Big Sky welcome to Kaitlin Sacco, Actress from Houston, TX! Joining the BSP for her first season, Kaitlin introduces herself below!

What role(s) do you play at the BSP this season?
Fermina (Lesser Servant) — Man of La Mancha
Grandma Addams — The Addams Family
Bonnie Boylan/etc — Annie
Ariel Moore — Footloose

How long have you been at Bigfork Summer Playhouse?
This is my first season here at Bigfork Summer Playhouse. I auditioned at SETC (Southeastern Theatre Conference) and I was lucky enough to be offered a spot here!

Kaitlin_Sacco_Photo_3Please share your personal history with theatre.
I told my mom when I was nine years old that I wanted to quit school and be an actress so that’s what happened! I was homeschooled until high school doing all the community theatre I could get my hands on. I’m also very lucky to have grown up in Houston where there was always amazing theatre surrounding me. This really cultivated my love for not just theatre, but for the arts in general.

I’ve been fortunate enough to play some really great roles in high school and college. Some include Dotty in Noises Off, Josephine Bloom in Big Fish, and Molly in Ghost the Musical. I also frequent websites such as playbill.com and broadway.com because I am THAT theatre nerd. I’m very grateful for the experiences and passions that theatre has given to me.

Kaitlin_Sacco_Photo_2What is your favorite thing to do in your “off” time while staying in Bigfork?
If you’re ever at the Montana Scene at 8:30 AM, you will most likely find me there sipping on an iced americano like the coffee addict I am. I love wandering around downtown and stopping in the little shops too. My new favorite thing is the ice cream shop Sweet Peaks that just opened up! It takes all my willpower during the day to not stop in for a waffle cone of cupcake. I am looking forward to exploring the hiking trails and going white water rafting! I’ve always wanted to live in the mountains so I’m excited to soak up as much of it this summer as I can before I go back to the Texas flatlands.

What are your plans after the BFSP season ends?
I am heading back to school for my senior year at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas! I will actually be driving straight from here into Mary Poppins rehearsal where I’m playing the bird woman! If you can’t tell, my type in theatre is young leading lady/kooky old women.

Anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you to the community of Bigfork for being so welcoming to all of us at the theatre! Bigfork is such a rare and special place and I am so happy to be spending the summer here. Also thanks to my parents and DHR. Y’all are the best – I love you!

Alexa Larson – Costume Designer

Alexa_Larson_Head_ShotA welcome back goes out to Alexa Larson, a Costume Designer originally from Billings, now living in Houston. Alexa returns for a second season at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse and it’s great to have her back! Get to know Alexa below…

What role(s) do you play at the BSP this season?
Costume Designer — Addams Family
Costume Shop Staff — Footloose, Annie, and Man of La Mancha

How long have you been at Bigfork Summer Playhouse?
This is my second year at Bigfork. Last year I designed the costumes for Thoroughly Modern Millie. I chose to come back to Bigfork to be able to design again — and for the scenery. I’m a Montana native, but now reside in Houston, so it’s nice to be back in the mountains and enjoy a humidity free summer.

Alexa_Larson_Photo_2Please share your personal history with theatre.
I never grew up with theatre in my life beyond the Christmas concerts at school. I sort of just fell into the costume design world while pursuing a degree in fashion at Savannah College of Art and Design.

I took an Intro to Production Design class and was instantly hooked! From that point I switched my major to Production Design while simultaneously taking fashion courses and eventually transferred to the University of Montana to finish my degree and to have the opportunity to design costumes before graduating.

Alexa_Larson_Photo_3What is your favorite thing to do in your “off” time while staying in Bigfork?
My favorite things to do during our little time off is to be outside, eat huckleberry ice cream, and peruse the little shops in downtown Bigfork and Kalispell.

What are your plans after the BFSP season ends?
After Bigfork, I’ll be heading down to Vail, Colorado to work as the Wardrobe Assistant for the Vail International Dance Festival. Soon after that ends in August, I’ll be back in Houston to continue working for the Houston Ballet in the costume shop.

David Brumfield – Actor

David_Brumfield_Head_ShotWelcome back to David Brumfield, actor from Prairieville, LA, returning for a fourth time to the Bigfork Summer Playhouse! See why David just keeps coming back to Bigfork and learn more about him right here.

What role(s) do you play at the BSP this season?
Featured Vocalist — Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Uncle Fester — The Addams Family
The Barber — Man Of La Mancha
Lt. Ward / SoundFX Man / Ensemble — Annie
Kid Dancer — Footloose

How long have you been at Bigfork Summer Playhouse?
This is my 4th summer at Bigfork in and my 3rd complete season! My first season was in 2012 and I was featured as “Mayor Shinn” in The Music Man. My second season was the following year in 2013 where I played “Mary Sunshine” in Chicago and “Patsy” in Monty Python’s Spamalot! The summer after that, 2014, I spent July at Fort Peck Summer Theatre but returned to BSP for Doo Wop! Hits of the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s to finish the season. I am absolutely thrilled to be back this summer. The staff is incredible and each year the company always becomes a family. Also, I can’t resist being in one of the most beautiful places in the country for the summer!

David_Brumfield_Photo_2Please share your personal history with theatre.
I started being involved in theatre later than most actors I know pursuing their careers. While many start at a very young age, my first time on stage was at the ripe age of 15! But, woah, did it change my life! I got involved at a performing arts studio near my hometown called Center Stage Performing Arts Academy where I began taking dance, acting. and voice lessons. I auditioned and was cast in their summer musical, “All Shook Up” and I’ve never stopped since.

After high school and a miserable year pursuing Opera at LSU, I followed my dreams to study Musical Theatre and transferred to Northwestern State University. That decision was one the best I’ve made in my life. I learned so much about not only my craft, but myself. I began to love myself and accept who I was as a person and a performer. I graduated early in December of 2013 and am now pursuing a career full time in NYC!

The drive to keep going is now fueled by the passing of my mother. She was my number one fan and biggest supporter and now after losing her battle to cancer, she is a huge reason why I will continue to follow this dream. Her dreams were my dreams, so I’ll work as hard as I have too to make them come true!

David_Brumfield_Photo_3What is your favorite thing to do in your “off” time while staying in Bigfork?
My favorite thing I love to do on my off time here is enjoying the company of the company! We get to do what we love, as grueling as some days are (every day!) I’m so excited to take a few dips in Flathead Lake, float Swan River, hike the various trails and mountains, see Glacier National Park, and, OH the parties! We have so many nights ahead of us to relax and let loose!

What are your plans after the BFSP season ends?
I plan on heading back to the big apple, NYC, to audition for more work in the future!

Anything else you’d like to add?
A silly dream of mine is to be on the reality show “The Voice” one day!

Tasha Tormey – Actress

Tasha_Tormey_Head_ShotA big Montana welcome to Actress Tasha Tormey from Chino Hills, California! Joining the Bigfork Summer Playhouse for the first time this season, Tasha shares a bit about herself below…

What role(s) do you play at the BSP this season?
Wednesday — The Addams Family
Urlene — Footloose
Prisoner — Man of La Mancha
Mrs. Greer — Annie
Cast Member — Smokey Joe’s Cafe

How long have you been at Bigfork Summer Playhouse?
First season! I auditioned at UPTA this past in Tennessee, also my first year attending that conference. I was thrilled when BSP called me back and later offered me the opportunity to work here.

Tasha_Tormey_Photo_3Please share your personal history with theatre.
I started in community theatre at age 5, continued throughout grade and high school, and graduated from University of California, Irvine with a BFA in Musical Theatre this past March. My favorite roles include playing Maria in West Side Story last summer.

What is your favorite thing to do in your “off” time while staying in Bigfork?
Walking on the trail! I also looking forward to going to Glacier Park.

What are your plans after the BFSP season ends?
Returning to Southern California to see my family, and then it’s off to the next job — wherever that may be!

Sean McKay – Musician

Sean_McKay_Head_ShotWelcome aboard, Sean McKay, Musician, from Parker, Colorado! Spending his first season with the Bigfork Summer Playhouse, Sean plays trumpet in the pit orchestra. Learn more about Sean below!

What role(s) do you play at the BSP this season?
Musician. I play the trumpet and flügelhorn.

How long have you been at Bigfork Summer Playhouse?
This is my first season at BSP. I heard about the job from my trumpet professor at school. He was here in the 90’s and enjoyed his time here. He gave me the contact information so I could send in an audition.

Please share your personal history with theatre.
I started working in theatre in high school. Every spring my high school puts on a musical and has a live pit orchestra comprised of select musicians from the band and orchestra programs. I started playing for pit orchestra my sophomore year of high school. The shows that I have performed in while in high school were: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Aida, and Les Miserables.

Sean_McKayWhat is your favorite thing to do in your “off” time while staying in Bigfork?
I really enjoyed going to the river rocks and just looking at the stars with my friends. Since this is my first summer with the company I haven’t had the chance yet to go to Wayfarers and jump into the lake from the rocks.

What are your plans after the BFSP season ends?
My plans after the season are to return to college at the University of Wyoming where I am a music education and performance major. When I return I will be immediately starting marching band camp for the university.

Sean_McKay_Photo_3Anything else you would like to add?
After I finish my undergraduate degree of music education, my plan is to go on to graduate school somewhere and get my masters degree. After that I want to go teach in the public school system for a few years and then go back to school to get my doctorate degree in music. The past two summers I have marched in drum corps with the Troopers from Casper, Wyoming.

Paige Mason – Actress

Paige_Mason_Head_ShotWelcome back to Paige Mason, Actress from Lexington, Kentucky, joining the Bigfork Summer Playhouse for a second season!We’re excited to have her back and invite you to learn more about her below…

What role(s) do you play at the BSP this season?
Prisoner — Man of La Mancha
Morticia Addams — Addams Family
Star to Be — Annie
Eleanor Dunbar / Betty Blast — Footloose

How long have you been at Bigfork Summer Playhouse?
This is my second summer with the Bigfork Summer Playhouse. I knew the moment I got on the plane to leave my first summer that I wanted nothing more than to come back for another season.

Paige_Mason_Photo_2Please share your personal history with theatre.
I like to say that I have been doing theatre since I was in the womb, since my mother performed while pregnant with me. However, a more accurate description would be that I began actively doing theatre my freshman year of high school.

In my first show I played Imogene Herdman in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at the Lexington’s Children Theatre. After that experience, I never looked back. I continued to perform all over Lexington in theatres such as Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Kentucky Conservatory Theatre, University of Kentucky Opera Theatre, and more.

What is your favorite thing to do in your “off” time while staying in Bigfork?
In my off time while in Bigfork, I will most likely be found enjoying a cup of Huckleberry Coffee at Montana Scene (formally known as Bear Foods).

Paige_Mason_Photo_3What are your plans after the BFSP season ends?
Once the season comes to a close, I will be returning to Coastal Carolina University to enter my junior year of college working to complete a BFA in Musical Theatre.

What else would you like to add to your feature that has not been asked?
I just want to take a moment to thank my family for always supporting me. All my love to my five beautiful sisters and my super-hero mother.

Tyler Griffin – Music Director

Tyler_Griffin_Head_ShotA big Montana welcome to Tyler Griffin, Music Director, from New Bern, North Carolina! Spending his first season with the Bigfork Summer Playhouse, Tyler shares a bit about himself below.

What role(s) do you play at the BSP this season?
I am the Music Director for Footloose

How long have you been at Bigfork Summer Playhouse?
This is my first season!

Tyler Griffin Photo 2Please share your personal history with theatre.
I started playing piano when I was in 2nd grade and I started acting when I was in high school. I went to East Carolina University and studied Musical Theatre. While I was there, I wrote, directed, music directed, and accompanied several musicals. I got to travel to Mexico and music direct

The Last Five Years and I spent a summer in Greece studying ancient theatre. After graduation, I music directed for several theme parks, cruise ships, regional theaters, and resorts. In the summer of 2014, I got to open for Maroon 5 and Jimmy Buffett with a group I had music directed at The Greenbrier Resort. At the end of the day, I’m more interested in telling a good story through great music. What could be better?

What is your favorite thing to do in your “off” time while staying in Bigfork?
I’ve never been to Montana so I’m excited to see the surroundings. I also love food. So I’m hoping there is good food in Bigfork. I mean…they have a good theatre. It only makes sense they should have good food, too.

Tyler Griffin Photo 3What are your plans after the BFSP season ends?
I’m currently working on an invention I call the “flux capacitor.” I hope to install it in a 88 Model DeLorean I have parked in my garage and turn it into a time traveling device. However, I’m finding it surprisingly difficult to generate the 1.21 gigawatts needed to power the flux capacitor. Testing will continue once I’m done at BSP.

Anything else you’d like to add?
“Hope for the best, expect the worst. Life’s a play, we’re unrehearsed!” — Mel Brooks

Kayla Boye – Actress / Choreographer

Kayla_Boye_Head_ShotA Big Sky welcome to Kayla Boye, Actress from Youngstown, Ohio! Spending her first season in Bigfork, Kayla is thrilled to be with the Playhouse and we are thrilled to have her. Learn more about Kayla below…

What role(s) do you play at the BSP this season?
Vi Moore — Footloose
Antonia/Dance Captain — Man of LaMancha
Ronnie Boylan – Annie
Ancestor – The Addams Family
Choreographer – Hits of the 50s, 60s, and 70s

How long have you been at Bigfork Summer Playhouse?
First season! I’m so thrilled to be working with this wonderful company with strong leadership and a supportive community.

Kayla_Boye_Photo_3Please share your personal history with theatre.
I enjoy all aspects of the arts, including administration, performance, and being part of the audience. Since graduating from Youngstown State University, I have spent the past two years in Chicago at Goodman Theatre and Writers Theatre focusing on development and marketing, while also performing and choreographing for various companies. This summer offered the amazing opportunity to renew my creative spirit and meet talented artists from across the country, and I am grateful for the new friendships and mentorships this season presents.

My love of theatre has always existed, thanks to a supportive family who has encouraged a love of the arts and allowed my passions to flourish. I studied dance from a young age, particularly enjoying my ballet experiences, as they encouraged narration through dance. The storytelling and emotional investment required of ballet led to my interest in drama, and throughout high school and college, I heavily pursued all aspects of theatre on the regional, educational, and community levels.

My favorite roles to date include Roxie Hart in “Chicago” (Youngstown Playhouse), Stella in “A Streetcar Named Desire” (Youngstown State University), and Louise in “Carousel” (Huron Playhouse), although I’ve enjoyed so many experiences, it’s impossible to name them all. I can’t wait to add to that list while at Bigfork Summer Playhouse!

What is your favorite thing to do in your “off” time while staying in Bigfork?
As we are keeping quite busy during the rehearsal process, we haven’t yet had much time to explore the sights! However, I was able to visit Glacier National Park my first weekend here, where the wildlife was breathtaking and the scenery spectacular. I look forward to returning later this summer with fellow company members and my family. Between rehearsals, we’ve been able to enjoy some great local businesses downtown, including Pocketstone Cafe, Montana Scene, Garden Bar, and Kiska’s by the Lake, as well as Flathead Lake Brewing Company. These all pair well with frequent visits to Montana Athletic Club, which has a fantastic facility and a great staff!

Kayla_Boye_Photo_2What are your plans after the BFSP season ends?
Following the closing of the revue in early September, I will be returning to Chicago to continue my artistic pursuits, all the richer for my experiences at Bigfork this summer.

Anything else you’d like to add?
Keep up with me at www.kaylaboye.com! Feel free to explore my portfolio and read about my adventures in Big Sky Country.

 

Alex McDowell – Woodwinds Musician

Alex_McDowell_Head_ShotExtend a warm welcome to Alex McDowell, Woodwinds Musician from Florence, MT! Meet Alex below as he answers some of our “getting to know you” questions…

What role(s) do you play at the BSP this season?
I’m a Musician  and play woodwinds — clarinet and saxes

How long have you been at Bigfork Summer Playhouse?
This is my first season at the BSP.

Please share your personal history with theatre.
I got my first gig playing in a pit orchestra in 2011 for the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.”

What is your favorite thing to do in your “off” time while staying in Bigfork?
I look forward to exploring Glacier National Park, the other surrounding wilderness areas, and spending time on Flathead Lake

Alex_McDowell_Photo_2What are your plans after the season ends?
After the season I will go back to school at the University of Montana and finish my Bachelors in Music Education and Music Performance.

Anything else you’d like to add?
My future career plans are to move to the West Coast, start a private studio, and continue to perform professionally.

Kelly Ufford – Actress

Kelly_Ufford_Head_ShotA big Montana welcome to Kelly Ufford, Actress, from Wichita, Kansas! Spending her first season with the Bigfork Summer Playhouse, we’re excited to have Kelly join us. Get to know her a bit below!

What role(s) do you play at the BSP this season?
Miss Hannigan — Annie
Housekeeper — Man of La Mancha
Lulu Warnicker — Footloose
Ancestor — Addams Family

How long have you been at Bigfork Summer Playhouse?
This is my first season at BSP! I auditioned for the company this past February in Memphis, TN at the Unified Professional Theatre Auditions and saw them again in St. Louis, MO at Midwest Theatre Auditions. Both auditions were a comfortable experience and everyone seemed very personable in the callback room. This company has a great reputation and way of doing things. I am excited about being a part of my first repertory theatre experience!

Kelly_Ufford_Photo_2Please share your personal history with theatre.
I first started theatre when I was 9 years old. I did a theatre workshop as a Girl Scout, and one year later I was in my first show, Brigadoon. I performed all through middle school and high school at Music Theatre for Young People in Wichita, KS. I was very fortunate in high school to intern as a performer in a couple shows for Music Theatre Wichita.

I attended Ball State University, and I graduated on May 2nd with my B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. Before working at BSP, I worked at The Huron Playhouse in Huron, OH the summers of 2013 and 2014. One highlight of my performing experiences has been the opportunity at Ball State to work with two time Tony Award winner, Sutton Foster, as both a teacher and a mentor. This past March, I was in a cabaret in New York City at Joe’s Pub under her direction, and the direction of Broadway musical director, Michael Rafter.

What is your favorite thing to do in your “off” time while staying in Bigfork?
With it being my first season, I am very excited to explore the mountains and see what all Montana has to offer! I plan on visiting Glacier a few times, and I brought my passport, so there might possibly even be a quick trip to Canada on a day off!

What are your plans after the BFSP season ends?
Following this summer, I will be returning back to Wichita, KS and will be figuring out where I will be heading next!