BAKOLOGY 101 WEEK 1
WELCOME TO MY COURSE IN SCOTT BAKULA'S CAREER!
I'm happy to answer any questions you may have but since I am far, far from an expert on all of this, I can't guarantee that I'll know the answer nor whether my answer is correct. All I can say is that I'll do the best I can and am giving it my best try. I will provide a complete resume at the end of the course which, if you choose, you can use as a resource or you can take 'notes' along the way, should you wish. I've poured lots and lots of hours into it. I hope it works for you.
My thanks to so many who have, now and over the years, generously provided insights, resources, suggestions as well as these materials and to Mr. B himself for giving us years of enjoyment. I'm happy to share whatever I have permission to.
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WEEK 1: 1954 - 1976: Basically everything before Scott left for NYC.
IN THE BEGINNING....
Even the newest of newbies probably knows that Scott Stewart Bakula was born on October 9, 1954 and that he spent his formative years in Kirkwood, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. What you may or may not know is that his parents often traveled to New York and would bring home the albums of the plays they'd seen while there.
According to Scott himself, his first venture into 'show biz' was the rock band he started while in the 4th grade. He's stated in a few interviews that he played the keyboards and that he and his friends tried to emulate The Beatles, perhaps going as far as to wear wigs and lip sync their songs (how much of those last two points are true depends on whether Scott was truthful or talking tongue-in-cheek!).
His first 'real' theatre experience was in December, 1967, when he was cast as Amahl in a production of Gian-Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors that was being performed by the St. Louis Symphony at the First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood. Scott was a 13 year old boy soprano.
I don't have any print material from that production but this is a synopsis of the story:
I'm also including a download link for the audio from it. The quality is pretty poor and except for the earlier section where you can hear a boy talking (singing) to his mother, picking Scott's voice out of the crowd is more than a little difficult. I pride myself on being able to pick his adult voice out of a group but his voice as a child is not one that I register. Additionally, no one can guarantee that this is Scott because no one seems to know or remember who was the source of this media. His mother has said on occasion that there were two boys who played the part (different evening/different boy) and it was the night the 'other' boy was singing that a recording was made. So...is this that recording, ergo not Scott or is this someone else's copy who actually recorded Scott's voice? Make your own decision:
(it's about 84 MB!)
In the following years Scott worked two more times with the St. Louis Symphony:
as "Narrator" for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
as "Soloist" for Mahl's Resurrection Symphony
However, without definite dates it's hard to determine when they occurred. General consensus seems to put them around 1972 or '73 with either or both of the performances taking place also in the First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood.
What we do know about 1973 is that Scott was in high school and he was once again involved in theatre. He apparently was rehearsing two plays at the same time: he was Tevye in his HS production of Fiddler on the Roof and was also playing Jesus in Godspell (concert version) at the First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood .
Here are the relevant sections of his Fiddler program along with some pictures of his performance:
Here are the relevant sections of his Godspell program as well as a youtube video that encompasses some pictures and audio from the show (with thanks to Craig):
pt 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76MOBLUYQWQ
pt 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWbkXDS-b5M&feature=related
There is no information regarding any productions he was in while at Kansas University but we know what he did during his summers: in June, 1975, he once again played Jesus in Theater After Dark (Jefferson College, Hillsboro, MO)'s production of Godspell.
I believe it is this production where Scott's performance caught the eye of producers who offered him the role in the national touring company. Scott decided to take them up on their offer and he quit school.
Unfortunately, the tour fell through and it was too late for Scott to re-enroll so he worked during the day but also added these to his resume:
Two more plays, Little Mary Sunshine (as Capt. "Big Jim" Worthington) and in July '76, Man of La Mancha (as Cervantes/Don Quixote), both for the same Theatre After Dark at Jefferson College. Since Man of La Mancha was an outdoor production, it is probably the one Scott referred to in the interview section of the QL CD. You may recall he mentioned playing this role during a very steamy evening and how, while under the stage, he had to keep patting down his mustache because the spirit gum kept loosening!
These were followed by Cabaret (as Cliff Bradshaw) and The Miracle Worker (as James Keller), both for Central Players, MO. and then, apparently, still another 'gig' in Godspell for the Fontbonne Theatre, MO only this time he played Jeffrey. Unfortunately, I have no hard material for any of these.
It is at this time in our chronology that Scott decided to go to New York to try his hand. He's said on a number of occasions that he had to choose between the east and west coasts and decided to go east because it was closer and there were too many 'distractions' like tennis and the beach on the west coast.
The bell has wrung....Class dismissed. That was quite a lot of material but I hope you enjoyed it! Next class will pick up where this one ends.
I hope to have WEEK 2 at roughly this time next week. If you have any comments, questions, additions to WEEK 1, please feel free to post!