Blind Brook's Scott Bierko debuts as Harold Hill in Westchester Broadway Theatre's 'Music Man'

Published: Monday, July 9, 2012 7:00 am By: MICHAEL IACHETTA Source: Rye Brook Westmore News
in their lives, according to Scott. “He instilled in us a sense of discipline, a kind of reverence and respect for theatre,” Scott remembered. “He taught us four-part harmony, how to see as well as feel and sing the music, how to really listen to one another on stage. He made us really want to learn everything there was to know about theatre.”

That included choral trips during school vacations to places like England, Rome and North Carolina, Scott recalled. “He would make sure we got up every morning at 7 a.m. when we were away on those trips to maximize our time to see churches, historic buildings, plays. He would say: ‘You can always sleep when you get home, but this is a time for seeing,’ Scott remembered like it was yesterday. “He was a father figure to so many of us.”

So the Bierko boys were heavily involved in theatre at Blind Brook but went their separate ways when it came to college. Scott went to Franklin & Marshall in Lancaster, Pa., and got a business degree while still dabbling in theatre in plays such as “Death and Life of Sneaky Fitch” and “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” while Craig went to Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., one of the great show biz-oriented colleges.

After college graduation, Scott became a successful commercial carpet salesman in New York City—his father was also a salesman— while Craig lit out for Hollywood and various TV pilots that ultimately led to his breakthrough.

The turning point in Scott’s life

Scott remembers the turning point in his life occurring around 20 years ago when he looked through the window of a restaurant called El Rio Grande on 37th Street in New York City and his eyes locked on a bartender named Beth, who returned that eye lock. Those looks led to dates, love and marriage as well as a career change.

“It sounds corny, but that’s how it happened— I was making a lot of money as a carpet salesman, but I wasn’t exactly fulfilled,” Scott remembers. “Beth was making ends meet as bartender, but she really wanted to make it as an actress. She helped me rekindle my love for theatre, and she helped give me the courage to go after a career in the theatre full time.”

Thus was the theatrical teaching career of Beth and Scott Productions born. “We’re teaching artists now,” says Scott. “We go into various schools and conduct musical assemblies and workshops, demonstrate character development and work students through theatre vignettes. In brief, we teach theatre. And we just got a call from the Monroe-Woodbury school system to come in and do a theatrical anti-bullying workshop. We work with a lot of different school systems from our home in Yorktown Heights, near Yorktown Stage.”

Auditioning for the part of Harold Hill

It was sometime in June that one of his contacts at Yorktown Stage mentioned that director John Finelli and choreographer Greg Baccarini were looking to cast Harold Hill