As June 14th quickly approaches and preparations shift into high gear, the buzz around town continues to grow. Cast and crew are arriving, costume fittings are underway, and set pieces are seeing the light of day for the first time in 9 months. With all that excitement in the air, everyone wants to know who will be portraying the famed composer this season at the amphitheater.
We are happy to announce that the wait is over! Mickey Rafalski, a native of Carmel, Indiana will be making his Bardstown debut this summer as Stephen Collins Foster. Mickey was kind enough to share a little bit about himself before he officially arrives for rehearsals on Friday.
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself! Where did you go to school, where do you call home, all of the basics:
Mickey: Well, for the past 4 years I’ve called New York home, but I was raised in Carmel, Indiana. I went to the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Manhattan as soon as I graduated from Carmel High School, and I’ve been working in the city and in regional theaters since then.
Q: How long have you been performing, and what got you interested to begin with?
Mickey: I’ve always had a passion for music but I started performing around my junior year of high school. I was actually an athlete, but at the end of my sophomore year I was encouraged to try out for our school’s performing arts department. I ended up being placed in their top competition show choir. I started singing and dancing and fell in love with it. After a little while I wasn’t playing football anymore and I’d found what I wanted to do for a living.
Q: Were you familiar with any of Stephen Foster’s music before you auditioned?
Mickey: Of course!! However, I didn’t recognize how deeply of a passion he wrote with and I wasn’t familiar with some of most beautiful works—“Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair,” and “Open Thy Lattice, Love” in particular.
Q: What are you most excited about for this summer?
Mickey: Just being apart of this great ongoing production. Bardstown looks spectacular, all the staff I’ve been in contact with are fantastic. From the look of productions’ past, the cast is going to be very talented and I’m probably most excited to work with them.
Q: Anything else before we see you on opening night?
Mickey: Enjoy the show, I’m honored to be your Stephen Foster and I look forward to being apart of a great production.
Be sure to visit www.stephenfoster.com to reserve your tickets today for the 56th season of The Stephen Foster Story!