Big Sky Broadway is back
Shows August 6 and 20-21
After completing a celebratory tenth season in 2019, Big Sky Broadway appeared to have settled into a secure spot on the local performing arts scene. Each summer show of the area’s only children’s theater company sold out easily, and over 130 youth were participating in the K-12 line-up each year.
“Covid interrupted all that,” said co-founder and Executive Producer Barbara Rowley, “We kept moving dates in hopes we’d get beyond it. Obviously, that didn’t happen.”
After a season off-stage, Rowley was happy to bring back all three of the shows planned for 2020. “The students were so excited, and all of the shows were cast with kids learning their lines and songs when we ultimately cancelled,” said Rowley.
While Rowley couldn’t keep every student in the roles in which they had been cast, “
Many of them aged out of their productions, which was hard.” Nevertheless, she stayed loyal to their plans. Legally Blonde was performed twice at the end of the school year; Frozen Junior will be performed on Friday, August 6 at 6 p.m., and Disney’s Descendants will enjoy a two night run on August 20 and 21 at 7 p.m.
“I’m sorry that some parents have been listening to Let it Go for well over a year now,” said Rowley. “Fortunately, it is a very pretty song.” As for Descendants, a Disney franchise that explores the lives of the children of all the Disney heroes and villains, Rowley says that “a lot of people without young kids may not know this show, but it is really a fantastic show—and the kids were over the moon about the selection.”
Michael Romney, a recent graduate of LPHS now on his way to Duke, is directing Frozen, and John Zirkle will be at the helm of Descendants. Zirkle says the student staff—which now numbers over ten—is a critical part of the BSB culture and formula.
“I don’t know how many other children’s theaters allow kids to get to play critical production roles in children’s theater,” said Zirkle. “But we believe it is so important for them to know everything that goes into putting on a great show—not just their individual parts.”
Notably, Ace Beattie has been promoted to the producer role for the summer shows, Libby Flach will be an assistant director, and her sister Emma Flach, a BSB veteran, will be the vocal director for Frozen Junior. Sarah Mitchell, along with Klaudia Kosiak (music director) and Jennifer Waters (Choreography) return as the artistic teaching staff all come together for Descendants, BSB’s grade 5 to grade 9 production, and its longest running program.
Tickets for both shows went on sale on Monday, August 2, at 9 a.m. Warrenmillerpac.org.