Bergstrom’s Track Record to Strengthen ‘All Together Now’
A unique show requires a unique director, both of whom can be found in the Little Theater of Tuscarawas County’s “All Together Now” production.
Kathy Blair Bergstrom, a multi-talented woman, will lead the show, which opens in 40 countries and all 50 U.S. states on Friday, November 12. The show is unusual as it was offered by Music Theater International Music Publishing Company free of any rights or rental fees, so that theaters can begin to recoup their losses during the pandemic. It will only last four days, until Monday, November 15.
The director is atypical due to a varied background which gives her the references to put on such a show. Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, Bergstrom graduated from Syracuse University with a BS in Advertising. There she belonged to the Syracuse Juggling Club and had the opportunity to juggle with the Moscow Circus. She was also an accomplished rider who showed quarter horses for many years as the New York State Champion.
A classically trained singer, she has performed with the Buffalo Opera Company, the Buffalo Philharmonic and most recently the Tuscarawas County Philharmonic. While living in Orlando, Florida, she was vice president of creative services for a large real estate company. She has been artistic director for several magazines and won national awards for design and layout.
Since moving to Dover, Bergstrom has continued to harness her many talents as owner and editor of The Ohio Family Magazine, teacher at the Reeves Museum and cantor, senior and youth choirmaster at the Dover First Moravian Church. She currently works at the Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital and manages her printing business, Blair Graphic Design and Printing.
Bergstrom got involved in the Petit Théâtre in 2002 and has played an active role there ever since. Having created all the posters, programs and banners since then, she was also the editor of the theater newsletter “Curtain Call” and a member of the board of directors for three years. She is a member of the theater’s Original Productions group, hosted the recent “Sounds Like Radio” show during the pandemic, and is the Director of Marketing.
After working as an assistant director on ‘Willy Wonka’, ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’, ‘The Addams Family’ and ‘Shrek the Musical’, Bergstrom directed ‘Sabrina’, for which she designed the award-winning set for the the Ohio Community Theater Association, “Junie B in Jingle Bells Batman Smells”, as well as writing and directing the accompanying production of “A Visit With Mrs. Claus”.
She has been seen in numerous stage plays and musicals and will play the role of Louise Seager in the January production of “Always Patsy Cline”. Her family includes her husband, Bob, daughter, Danielle Blair, and two Havanese rescue dogs, Zoey and Sparkles.
“I am proud to lead this global event which will bring attention back to the theater,” she said. “It will be a fun show featuring some of our best singers, dancers and actors. Over the course of the five shows, we will be presenting several of the most favorite songs from well-known Broadway musicals. I hope everyone will participate in this project designed to help us get back on our feet.