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Artistic Director Message..................................................................................................................5 Executive Director Message .............................................................................................................7 What We Believe................................................................................................................................8 2021 Board of Directors ..................................................................................................................11 USD President & Dean of the College of Fine Arts Messages .....................................................12 2021 Season at a Glance .................................................................................................................14 Weather and the New Frontier ......................................................................................................16 The New Frontier.............................................................................................................................18 Wonderettes.....................................................................................................................................21 I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change .......................................................................................23 Altar Boyz .........................................................................................................................................25 Operational Support / Season Support.........................................................................................26 BankWest Kids Go Free Sponsors / Grounds Sponsors...............................................................27 BHP Family of Programs ............................................................................................................30-31 2021 BHP Company ...........................................................................................33, 35, 37, 39, 41, 43 BHP Run Crew............................................................................................................................46-47 Philanthropy Leaders......................................................................................................................50 Extraordinary / Education / Media Sponsors ................................................................................51 Season Dedication...........................................................................................................................54

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From the Artistic Director....

Quiet on the set! Action!

75 is such a great number, we thought the suspense of waiting a year would make it sweeter. That’s how I’ve decided to look at it. Throughout the last year I have heard myself quoting the Wicked Witch of the West “I’m melting, melting! Oh, what a world, what a world.” I was broken-hearted last summer when we had to make the decision to not perform. With the future uncertain, we began to brainstorm and come up with ideas for how we could make this year happen. I pushed the idea of performing outside and we started to plan. I knew it would be complicated, but I didn’t know how complicated. The New Frontier Theatre is the result of thousands of hours by dozens of people working to make it come together. So many people volunteered their time to help ensure the survival and success of the Playhouse: board members, alumni, current company members, and many more. They all spent time thinking, planning, designing, and coming up with creative partnerships to make this season possible. And we are so grateful to donors to this project. I know you are going to enjoy the shows, and I hope you enjoy our outdoor venue. Thank you for coming, and thank you for your support. Dan Workman Artistic Director dworkman@blackhillsplayhouse.com

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From the Executive Director.... We have worked diligently at the Playhouse over the past decade to improve the campus in Custer State Park, to increase production values of the work we do, and to expand education programs statewide. This is in service of meeting our mission to deliver exceptional theatre programs that engage diverse people and strengthen South Dakota communities. We also took this path to diversify our income streams and create a stronger foundation for the company. Never in a million years could we have imagined that in 2020 all of our funding streams would simultaneously evaporate. All but one. What stuck with us was funding from our devoted community of donors, funders, patrons, volunteers, and board members who showed unequivocally that the Playhouse mattered to them. We could not have made it through this year without each and every one of them. So, a major pandemic has changed the way we do theatre. And in the pause which the pandemic created, we have contemplated what our world will look like after. Civic unrest across the country has brought many issues to the forefront which we believe will inform the work we do well into the future.This year the board adopted the following diversity statement: The Black Hills Playhouse is committed to creating theatre that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes the human experience in all its diversity. We seek to collaborate with, employ, share the stories of, and engage individuals of all backgrounds and experiences to foster a healthy environment for opportunity and growth through the power of performance art. What this means is that we are determined to be more intentional in our relationships, our hiring, and our storytelling. It means we will work harder to eliminate barriers to our programs and participate in a more meaningful and authentic way with the diverse cultures of people who reside in South Dakota. Important work to be sure. I send a special thanks to our incredible staff who have pivoted constantly since March of 2020 to keep theatre alive and to our Board of Directors. Special thanks also to our President Holly Knox and our executive committee, Mark Meersman, Sara Southwood, Sharla Steever, Todd Brink, and Bruce Kelley, for meeting weekly last year as we worked to keep things afloat. But most of all, thank YOU for participating in this unique, one-of-a-kind season and sticking with us in challenging times. Linda Anderson Executive Director landerson@blackhillsplayhouse.com 7


VISION

The Black Hills Playhouse will create inclusive performing arts experiences as South Dakota's leading professional and educational theatre.

MISSION

The Black Hills Playhouse delivers exceptional theatre programs that engage diverse people and strengthen South Dakota communities.

VALUES

INCLUSION: Theatre is an integral part of the human experience and needs to be accessible to all. We embrace shared humanity, in order to experience transformation through theatre. ARTS / COMMUNITY IMPACT: Arts are impactful vehicles for social, civic, cultural, and educational engagement and vital to the growth of dynamic communities. RELATIONSHIPS: Strong, deep, and meaningful relationships are key to sustainability and extend the reach of the BHP mission. SUSTAINABILITY: Responsible management, strategic planning, and engaged teams are essential to the success of the Black Hills Playhouse.-

DIVERSITY STATEMENT

The Black Hills Playhouse is committed to creating theatre that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes the human experience in all its diversity. We seek to collaborate with, employ, share the stories of, and engage individuals of all backgrounds and experiences to foster a healthy environment for opportunity and growth through the power of performance art.

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Jonathan AllenderZivic

Assistant Professor USD Theatre Vermillion

Dr. Eric Hagen

Charolyn Mize

Professor Emeritus USD Theatre Minneapolis, MN

Retired Educator Spearfish

Attorney Goodsell & Oviatt, LLP Rapid City

Rose Ann Hofland

Director of Communications Levitt at the Falls Sioux Falls

Carrie Moore

Todd Brink

Ron Jeffries

Carissa Naasz

Corey Brown

Dr. Bruce Kelley

Whitnee Pearce

Tom Geu

Holly Knox

Victor Shonk

Rick Giesel

Shawn Lyons

Sara Southwood

Erin Goetzinger

Dr. Donald Massa

Sharla Steever

David Barari

Past President

Attorney Black Hills Corporation Rapid City

VP Gov’t. Relations Sanford Health Sioux Falls

Professor USD School of Law Vermillion

Former CEO Regional/Sanford Health Rapid City

General Manager Central States Fair, Black Hills Stock Show Rapid City

Dean USD College of Fine Arts Vermillion

President

On-Boarding Nurse Educator Monument Health Rapid City Owner Lyons Den, LLC Pierre

Former Lelgislative Aid to Sen. Tom Daschle Rapid City

Dentist and Owner Massa Dental Hot Springs

Betsy Groves

Mark Meersman

Lamont Enterprises and Whitewood Partnership Rapid City

President-Elect

Compliance Officer VA Black Hills Health Care BHP Aluni Assoc. Liaison Rapid City

Manager Jenny’s Floral Custer

Teacher Catholic School System Rapid City

Director of Diversity, Equity & Federal Programs Rapid City Area Schools Rapid City Associate Professor, USD Theatre Vermillion

Secretary

Music Teacher Sioux Falls School System Sioux Falls

Treasurer

Learning Specialist Technology in Education Rapid City

Mandie Weinandt Director, Center for Teaching & Learning USD School of Business Dakota Dunes

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From the Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of South Dakota.... I want to personally welcome you to the Black Hills Playhouse. I hope you truly enjoy this year’s season. The BHP staff and volunteers have worked hard to create a safe and enjoyable venue from which to offer you the very finest entertainment. The New Frontier Theatre is an exciting space that will enable you to experience the best of live theatre with South Dakota’s Black Hills as an exquisite backdrop. The USD College of Fine Arts prepares students for a life of amazing and rewarding experiences in art, music and theatre. Our vibrant campus is active with music concerts, theatrical performances and art gallery exhibitions. The arts and culture sector annually contributes $1.2 billion to the state’s economy, representing 2.5% of South Dakota’s GDP and more than 14,000 jobs. More importantly, the arts allow us to express the meaning of our experiences and understand and interpret our world. The USD College of Fine Arts is a proud partner with the Black Hills Playhouse. Together, we combine creativity and knowledge to make a difference for our world. Bruce Kelley Bruce Kelley, Ph.D., Dean, College of Fine Arts, University of South Dakota

From the President of the University of South Dakota.... On behalf of the University of South Dakota, welcome to the Black Hills Playhouse and thank you for your support of the arts. USD is a proud partner of the Playhouse, sharing a vision for celebrating and promoting creativity, community and artistic growth in South Dakota. At its humble beginnings, the Black Hills Playhouse was a dream – a USD theatre professor’s vision to offer professional theatre experiences in the rural Midwest while growing opportunities for theatre professionals and students. The organization has since grown into a pillar of the arts in the state; together, the USD College of Fine Arts and the Black Hills Playhouse deliver enriching fine arts experiences and educational opportunities that establish South Dakota as a destination and home for artists. We are excited that you are here to experience the beauty of South Dakota theatre and hope you enjoy this season at the Black Hills Playhouse. Sheila K. G estring 12

Sheila K. Gestring, Ph.D., President, University of South Dakota


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The inviting and unpretentious atmosphere of our rural theater in Custer State Park is something you simply won’t find in the big city. From buffalo wandering through camp and the smell of the pines, to the friendly faces of welcoming staff, the Black Hills Playhouse is an oasis where people relax and enjoy good company and good theatre.

June 18 - July 4, 2021 (Rated PG) Jukebox Musical Created by Roger Bean This smash Off-Broadway hit takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom, where we meet Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy: four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! Featuring over 30 classic ’50s and ’60s hits, The Marvelous Wonderettes will keep you smiling in this must-take musical trip down memory lane!

July 9 - July 25, 2021 (Rated PG 13) Musical Revue Book and Lyrics by Joe DiPietro Music by Jimmy Roberts This hilarious revue pays tribute to those who have loved and lost, those who have fallen on their faces at the portal of romance, to those who dare ask, "Say, what are you doing Saturday night?" This celebration of the mating game takes on truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum known as “the relationship.”

July 30 - August 15, 2021 (Rated PG) Book by Kevin Del Aguila Music and Lyrics by Gary Adler & Michael Patrick Walker Conceived by Marc Kessler & Ken Davenport

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Full of sharp parody, spectacular dancing, and irreverent humor, this spoof about a heavenly guy-group is adored by audiences and critics alike. With an extraordinary mix of side-splitting songs convincing enough to be played on MTV, uncontrollable laughs and lighthearted fun, this award-winning and totally original new musical is 90 minutes of pure delight that's suitable for all ages and will have the whole family laughing and singing along. Hailed as "high-octane entertainment" (Talkin' Broadway), Altar Boyz tells the holy inspiring story of 5 small-town boys - Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham - trying to save the world one screaming fan at a time. With angelic voices, sinfully spectacular dancing and a touching story, Altar Boyz is destined to rock the masses of all denominations!


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Weather and the New Frontier outdoor performance area The weather will play an active role at the BHP’s New Frontier Theatre which is located outside. When the circumstances are right, Nature’s special effects can be downright spectacular. Wildlife may wander close to the performing area (please do not engage them!) Coming to the BHP is an adventure, and it’s always best to come prepared.

Exchange Policy

We recommend you check the weather forecast a day or two before your performance to be prepared for what may come. Remember, if the weather forecast is questionable, you have the option to exchange your tickets until the day before the performance, no later than 4:00 pm. Those patrons with tickets scheduled for Tuesday would need to leave a message or send an email to tickets@blackhillsplayhouse.com on Monday as the Box Office is closed that day.

Weather Policy

We never cancel a performance in advance of the scheduled curtain time. Cancellation decisions are made in consultation with weather professionals based on the specific forecast for BHP at the time of the performance. In case of inclement weather, we will make every effort to perform, including playing in light rain. Also, we may delay the performance to allow weather to pass. A decision to play or cancel will be made within approximately 45 minutes of the time the performance was delayed. If a performance is cancelled before the first intermission, refunds or tickets to another 2021 performance will be offered. If a performance is cancelled after the first intermission begins, refunds are not available, but tickets to another 2021 performance will be offered. In-person tickets are subject to availability. No immediate on-site refunds are available. Handling fees and concession purchases are nonrefundable.

In the Event of a Cancellation

All ticket holders for a cancelled performance are eligible for exchanges or refunds, based on when the performance is cancelled. You do not have to be in attendance to qualify; however if you decide not to attend a performance and the show goes on as scheduled you will not be eligible for refunds or exchanges.

Booking rainout exchanges

To rebook tickets from a cancelled performance, please call the Box Office when you have a new date selected, and have your order number or tickets from the rained-out show available. Rebookings for rained out performances are complimentary, and may be for any performance during the 2021 season, subject to availability. Please note, rainout tickets cannot be rebooked online.

Requesting a rainout refund

Please contact the box office by phone to request a rain refund. Requested refunds are issued to the original purchaser by the original method of payment. Handling charges are nonrefundable. For questions and information or to make new arrangements for a rained out performance please contact the BHP Box Office at 605 255-4141 or at tickets@blackhillsplayhouse.com. 16


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For the 75th season of the Black Hills Playhouse (BHP), we are producing the season in a different way, but with a nod to the past. From 1947-1950, the BHP performed in a tent theater near Legion Lake called the Frontier Theatre. Forced by the hand of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the board, staff, funders, and volunteers of the BHP have worked to ensure the safety of artists and patrons in this challenging time by creating this new outdoor performing space. The New Frontier Theatre, a name born of pragmatism and nostalgia, represents meeting this challenge, but also an opportunity for future performing arts programs at the BHP. Our primary concern as we made decisions back in October, was getting back to performing in the Park, but also making a plan to keep people (audiences and artists) healthy. We are working with a smaller company this year which makes it even more imperative.

NFT Team

Led by Associate Director, Randy Niles, the BHP Alum NFT Crew and BHP Physical Plant Committee have put in countless hours to make it possible for us to perform during the 2021 Season. Special thanks to BHP alum, Chris Jones, of CDJ Creative Services for his design of the performing space and to Scott Mollman, the Technical Director and Production Manager of USD Theatre for creating and installing the audience shade canopy. Special thanks to Henry Mollman for his help constructing the canopy.

BHP Physical Plant Committee

Rick Giesel, Chair Gary Merkel Don Massa Monni Karim Ron Jeffries Charolyn Mize Randy Niles

In-Kind Donations

BHP Alum NFT Crew

Chris Jones, CDJ Creative Services Scott Mollman, USD Jonathan Allender-Zivic, USD Victor Shonk, USD John Utter, Technical Director, BHP Chris Haug, Amber Marisa Cook, SEMO Dan Workman, Artistic Director BHP Randy Niles, Associate Director BHP

Adam Boggs, (fill dirt) Black Hills Energy (power poles, installation) Central States Fair (stage, risers) Custer Area School District (chairs) Gene Fennell (preliminary design) Mike Albertson (preliminary design review) Chris Jones CDJ Creative Services (current / final design) Jorgenson Log Homes (skid steer) Scull Construction (lift for canopy installation)

We are eternally grateful to NFT Donors & Funders

Mark & Carolyn Mollers John T. Vucurevich Foundation Black Hills Area Community Foundation Black Hills By Choice Donors Black Hills Energy Meg & Loyd Garrison Mike & Marnie Gould Jeff Kingsbury Karen & Scott McGregor DeElda McPherson Charolyn & Phil Mize Vesta Lund in memory of Vida Bernard Ron, Marion, & Kathy Reed 18


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DIRECTOR’S NOTES This is my time to make a confession: I do not have the nostalgic connection that most Americans have with their high school years. I came to this country in 1965 to finish my last two years of high school and I was definitely not one of the in crowd (the Wonderettes). I did not share years of experiences and activities, nor did I have a group of friends with whom I could share longings and ideas.

This smash Off-Broadway hit takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom, where we meet Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy: four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! Featuring over 30 classic ’50s and ’60s hits, The Marvelous Wonderettes will keep you smiling in this musttake musical trip down memory lane!

Production Team

Jukebox Musical Rated PG

Director.....................................................................Egla Hassan Music Director.................................................... Vonnie Houchin Choreographer.............................................................. Kit Asfeldt Scenic Designer ....................................................... Victor Shonk Costume Designer.......................................................Kat Preston Lighting Designer......................................Jonathan Allender-Zivic Stage Manager............................................. Kristal Georgopoulos Sound Designer................................... Christopher George Haug Production Manager........................................ Katy McGlaughlin Technical Director..................................................Jonathan Utter Assistant Technical Director........................................ A.J. Lowery Master Carpenter............................................Trevor J. Hannagan Carpenter Intern.................................................... Emily Ludewig Stagecraft Intern..................................................... Cody Crisman Master Electrician..................................Christopher George Haug Assistant Master Electrician/Intern.....................Nadirah T. Harper Electrics ...................................................Jonathan Allender-Zivic Properties.............................................................. Rebecca Hicks Properties Intern.............................................Lauren “LD”Dowell Charge Painter...........................................................Victor Shonk Scenic Painter........................................................Julie Lasonczyk Costume Shop Manager..................................Amber Marisa Cook First Hand/Cutter/Draper............................................ Scott Henze Stitching Intern..............................................................Elise Oren

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Josey Miller.....................................................................Betty Jean Elizabeth Balzli...................................................................... Suzy Lydia Prior............................................................................ Missy Ceslie Parker-Waller.......................................................Cindy Lou

I spent my two years taking every English class offered and applying to universities in hopes of getting a scholarship. Prom Queen was not even something I was aware of, nor cared about. But I was an observer. And I knew who the Wonderettes were for my senior year. The other part of this confession is that now I have a chance to create the perfect Prom Night and Ten-Year Reunion. Even though I did not live in the United States in the 1950s, I knew the music. And I loved it. If anything THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES can illuminate for us is that life, like our high school years, presents us with all kinds of challenges as well as successes and that the only way to alleviate the pain or to multiply a joy is to share it. I survived my senior year (as well as many other challenges that followed) and I invite you to enjoy the music and relive the simple joy of Prom Night. Welcome to our reunion. Egla Hassan, Director

THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES Written & Created by Roger Bean Musical Arrangements by Brian William Baker Orchestrations by Michael Borth

Vocal Arrangements by Roger Bean & Brian William Baker. Originally Produced for the New York Stage by David Elzer, Roger Bean & Peter Schneider. The Marvelous Wonderettes premiered at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. Joseph Hanreddy, Artistic Director and Timothy J. Shields, Managing Director. Roger Bean created the long-running hit The Marvelous Wonderettes (over 1,200 performances Off-Broadway), along with the sequels Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns, Winter Wonderettes, Wonderettes: Dream On, and the new large-cast Wonderettes: Glee Club Edition. Original cast albums for all Wonderettes shows are available from iTunes and Amazon. The Marvelous Wonderettes received the 2007 LA Ovation Award for Best Musical for its record-breaking Los Angeles run and continues to be an audience favorite in theatre companies throughout the country. Mr. Bean’s do-wop hit Life Could Be A Dream had a record-breaking 12-month run in Los Angeles, receiving the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, the LA Weekly Theatre Award, and the Backstage Garland Award for Outstanding Musical. Other popular musicals created by Mr. Bean include The Andrews Brothers, Summer of Love, Route 66, Honky Tonk Laundry, and Why Do Fools Fall In Love?, all published by Stage Rights. More info at www.rogerbean.com.

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DIRECTOR’S NOTES Dating, falling in love, marriage, children, and hopefully a long life together. In this show, Joe DiPietro shows us versions of ourselves in situations we have been in or can identify with. And he does it with a deft hand that gives us plenty of opportunity to laugh, cringe, and enjoy.

This hilarious revue pays tribute to those who have loved and lost, those who have fallen on their faces at the portal of romance, to those who dare ask, "Say, what are you doing Saturday night?" This celebration of the mating game takes on truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum known as "the relationship."

One of the aspects I love most about this show is how it allows four actors to take on the multiple roles. We get to watch them progress through the show at the same time as we are watching the progression of the lives and loves of the characters they portray.

Production Team

Joe DiPietro’s book and lyrics are excellently enhanced by Jimmy Robert’s music, which I can’t stop humming.

Musical Revue Rated PG-13

Director ..................................................................................Dan Workman Music Director .....................................................................Vonnie Houchin Choreographer .............................................................................Holly Knox Scenic Designer.........................................................................Victor Shonk Costume Designer ..........................................................Amber Marisa Cook Lighting Designer...................................................Christopher George Haug Stage Manager ................................................................Zachary Brunkhorst Sound Designer.........................................................Jonathan Allender-Zivic Production Manager..........................................................Katy McGlaughlin Technical Director...................................................................Jonathan Utter Assistant Technical Director .........................................................A.J. Lowery Master Carpenter .............................................................Trevor J. Hannagan Carpenter Intern......................................................................Emily Ludewig Stagecraft Intern.......................................................................Cody Crisman Master Electrician ..................................................Christopher George Haug Assistant Master Electrician/Intern ......................................Nadirah T. Harper Electrics ....................................................................Jonathan Allender-Zivic Properties ...............................................................................Rebecca Hicks Properties Intern ............................................................Lauren “LD” Dowell Charge Painter ...........................................................................Victor Shonk Scenic Painter ........................................................................Julie Lasonczyk Costume Shop Manager..................................................Amber Marisa Cook First Hand/Cutter/Draper.............................................................Scott Henze Stitching Intern ..............................................................................Elise Oren

Cast

Kit Asfeldt............................................................................................Man 1 Lydia Prior......................................................................................Woman 1 Jack Warring........................................................................................Man 2 Josey Miller ....................................................................................Woman 2

I hope you enjoy this delightful show and find meaning and laughter as we see ourselves and our relationships in the situations and characters presented.

Dan Workman, Director

I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE

Book and Lyrics and Music by Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts Orchestrations by Doug Katsaros. Originally Produced in New York by James Hammerstein, Bernie Kukoff and Jonathan Pollard. Original Direction by Joel Bishoff. Originally produced by the American Stage Company. James N. Vagias, Executive Producer. I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. www.concordtheatricals.com

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DIRECTOR’S NOTES

The top ten best-selling boy bands of all time should include the ’70s icons The Osmond Brothers and The Jackson 5. But did you know that The Bay City Rollers are also in the top ten? It may surprise you, however, that all of the remaining seven bands rounding out the top ten are from the ’90s. Boys II Men, New Kids on the Block and N’Sync still can’t top the #1 best-selling Backstreet Boys. What these pop superstars do share are great outfits, stunning vocals and flashy, slick choreography.

Hailed as "high-octane entertainment" (Talkin' Broadway), Altar Boyz tells the holy inspiring story of 5 small-town boys - Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham - trying to save the world one screaming fan at a time. With angelic voices, sinfully spectacular dancing and a touching story, Altar Boyz is destined to rock the masses of all denominations! With an extraordinary mix of side-splitting songs convincing enough to be played on MTV, uncontrollable laughs and lighthearted fun, this award-winning and totally original new musical is 90 minutes of pure delight that's suitable for all ages and will have the whole family laughing and singing along.

Production Team

Musical Comedy

Rated PG

Director/Choreographer.............................................................Justin Speck Music Director...........................................................................Josey Miller Scenic Designer ............................................................Amber Marisa Cook Custume Designer .....................................................................Scott Henze Lighting Designer .................................................Christopher George Haug Stage Manager.............................................................Kristal Georgopoulos Sound Designer ................................................................Nadirah T. Harper Production Manager ........................................................Katy McGlaughlin Technical Director .................................................................Jonathan Utter Assistant Technical Director........................................................A.J. Lowery Master Carpenter ............................................................Trevor J. Hannagan Carpenter Intern ....................................................................Emily Ludewig Stagecraft Intern .....................................................................Cody Crisman Master Electrician.................................................Christopher George Haug Assistant Master Electrician/Intern.....................................Nadirah T. Harper Electrics ...................................................................Jonathan Allender-Zivic Properties ..............................................................................Rebecca Hicks Properties Intern ...........................................................Lauren “LD” Dowell Charge Painter..........................................................................Victor Shonk Scenic Painter.......................................................................Julie Lasonczyk Costume Shop Manager ................................................Amber Marisa Cook First Hand/Cutter/Draper ...........................................................Scott Henze Stitching Intern.............................................................................Elise Oren

Cast

Kit Asfeldt............................................................................................ Mark Alex Anthony-Garcia............................................................................ Juan Alex Rudd...................................................................................... Matthew Drew Sinnard................................................................................ Abraham Jack Warring......................................................................................... Luke

It seems fitting that a small-town, church-going, musician who grew up listening to everything from Kiss to Amy Grant, would be directing one of the most successful off-Broadway musical comedies of all time. I, too, played keyboards in a rock band and toured with They Might Be Giants – a very unique and amazing kind of boy band. As a teen, I hosted neighborhood lip-sync concerts in our garage, complete with costumes and make-shift instruments, but I digress. With all this diverse experience, one might even wonder if I once choreographed for a high school dance team or was president of a church youth group. You can decide which one of these is true… All in fun, with a little satire and joyful praise, The Altar Boyz bring you their final performance on their “Raise the Praise” tour where your sins are welcome and your laughter, too! Happy 75th anniversary to the Black Hills Playhouse and the return of live theatre. I’m so glad to be back. Thanks for being here, now let’s rock the forest to high heaven!

Justin Speck, Director

ALTAR BOYZ is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. www.concordtheatricals.com. Original production produced by Ken Davenport & Robyn Goodman. Original Off-Broadway production directed by Stafford Arima. Book By Kevin Del Aguila. Music And Lyrics By Gary Adler & Michael Patrick Walker. Conceived By Marc Kessler & Ken Davenport. Vocal Arrangements By Gary Adler & Michael Patrick Walker. Orchestrations By Doug Katsaros & Lynne Shankel. Dance Music and Additional Arrangements By Lynne Shankel.

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Operational Support We are grateful for our friends and support provided.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, through Arts Midwest, awarded the BHP with a $50,000 Resilience Fund Grant because of the diverse work we do in rural communities across South Dakota. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation believes that the arts and humanities are where we express our complex humanity, and believes that everyone deserves the beauty, transcendence, and freedom to be found there. Through their grants, they seek to build just communities enriched by meaning and empowered by critical thinking, where ideas and imagination can thrive.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” – Albert Schweitzer In times of uncertainty, we see the best of our community emerge. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for all who have stepped forward to ask "How can I help?" These special donors worked to fill a projected $150,000 funding gap caused by lack of income in 2020 which allowed us to operate through the pandemic. See a list of Covid Donors at https://www.blackhillsplayhouse.com/covid-donors2020.

Covid Donors 2020

Because our donors are fierce, we have changed the name of Friends of the BHP to Guardians of the BHP. Our guardians are warriors who believe in the positive force of the BHP and support it year in and year out. Our donors, volunteers, board, and staff are a group of can-do folks who know that we can overcome almost anything if we work together. See a list of the Guardians at blackhillsplayhouse.com/guardians2021.

Guardians of the BHP

Jack & Ruth Cannon Memorial Fund

Jack and Ruth Cannon were longtime supporters of the BHP. Jack wrote reviews of the shows in the Rapid City Journal for many years. They carried on their support after their passing by setting up an endowment fund at the South Dakota Community Foundation that provides funds for our artistic programs annually. Interested in investing in the BHP through an endowment? These funds provide essential support for the BHP Family of Programs. Contact Linda Anderson at 605-255-4910 ext 2 for more information.

Support is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota through the Department of Tourism and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Black Hills Playhouse receives a Challenge Grant and is on both the Artists in Schools and Communities and Touring Arts rosters which provide arts experiences for communities statewide. Additional Covid Relief funds were provided by grants to the Playhouse through the SDAC in 2020.

The University of South Dakota has provided support for all 75 years of the BHP’s existence and employs the Executive Director. The BHP in turn, employs professors and students from USD, takes arts programs to students and families statewide through the Dakota Players Tour programs and BHP Jr. Performing Arts Camps, inspiring future USD Coyotes to study the arts in South Dakota. We are looking forward to hosting a USD Alumni Association gathering at the end of July this year!

Season Sponsors Executive Producer Level ($4,000+)

Black Hills Energy is proud to be a BHP sponsor in 2021. BHE supplied a grant for Playhouse Covid response in 2020. Also, BHE is a capital sponsor for the “On Your Side” siding project for the Warren M. Lee Theater. BHE was instrumental in building the awning for the New Frontier Theatre, providing power poles and installation for the structure. Black Hills Energy serves 1.3 million customers in eight states through its mission of improving life through energy. Black Hills Energy and the Black Hills Playhouse are two of the oldest continuous businesses in the Black Hills.The BHE energy motto, Better Together, is especially true for the BHP! See ad on page 6.

First Interstate Bank, Rapid City location, has stepped up in a big way to sponsor the season and education programs of the Black Hills Playhouse. Dedicated to serving the people of the Great Plains, First Interstate Bank is a community bank with locations throughout Idaho, Montana, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming. The great people at First Interstate Bank have provided incredible support for the BHP for many years. See ad on page 15.

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Hillard Wealth Solutions Group - As a team of trained and tested wealth management professionals, who are passionate about helping you achieve your unique financial objectives, Hillard steps up as a 2021 Season Sponsor. With a vast amount of experience, they are perfectly positioned to help you grow, enjoy and build your legacy. HWS is a new season sponsor this year, welcome to the Playhouse! See ad on our back cover.


Experience the tranquility of the Black Hills in log cabins, motel-style lodging, or in cozy honeymoon cabins complete with a private hot tub. The Powder House Restaurant has been a regular stop on people’s way to the Playhouse for years. Look for the old “potato head” BHP logo in stained glass at the entrance and check out the special discounts for patrons of the BHP in their ad on page 9. Attendees of the first show of the season can get a 50% discount on an entree!

Scot & Mary Hoscheid De & Dave Knudson

$2,000 Level

Scot and Mary recently retired from their jobs in Iowa and decided to make a lovely cabin near Custer their home. Having attended the Playhouse as young adults, they decided to sponsor the summer season as a way to show their support for the BHP and surrounding communities. They were also part of the crew who helped on Annual Cleanup Day and have volunteered at fundraisers. Friends like these are the best!

De and Dave Knudson of Sioux Falls are proud season sponsors of the 75th Season at the Black Hills Playhouse. De (Welch) Knudson is a USD alumna (BA ’71, MA ‘74). She serves on Augustana University’s International Advisory Board. She served on the Sioux Falls City Council for 8 years and is a past board member of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, Great Plains Zoo, National Music Museum in Vermillion, SD. Dave Knudson is an attorney and businessman. He is a Harvard University alumnus (BA, ’72), NYU Law School (JD ’75), as well as a USD alumnus (MBA, ’81). He served in the South Dakota Legislature from 2003-2011, and as Senate Majority Leader from 2007-2011. He was Chief of Staff for Governor William J. Janklow in 1995 and 1999. In 2020 USD’s law school was named the Knudson School of Law in honor of Dave. Both De and Dave have served and continue to serve and give meaningfully to organizations and efforts dedicated to civic growth and community-building. Philanthropists, volunteers, donors, and avid arts supporters, De and Dave welcome you to the reimagined 75th season at the Black Hills Playhouse.

Rapid City Medical Center is a medical practice comprising eight locations. Their group boasts a team of more than eighty physicians and caregivers whose specialties include dermatology, ENT, family medicine, gastroenterology, internal medicine, OB/GYN, eye care, plastic and reconstructive surgery, podiatry, rheumatology, surgery, urgent care, interventional pain, and more.

BankWest Kids Go Free Sponsors Executive Producer Title Level ($5,000+)

Since 2012, BankWest has been dedicated to our ”Kids Go Free” program with sponsorship earning the bank the title of “Vision Sponsor” for their ongoing commitment. Helping communities achieve financial success is a primary focus of Charles Burke III and his team. With BankWest helping the Kids Go Free program, thousands of kids and their families have had an opportunity to attend live theatre at the Black Hills Playhouse. Burke’s father played an integral part in finding a home for the BHP by helping Doc Lee find a suitable location in Custer State Park. BankWest continues the tradition of getting people to the BHP 75 years later.

The Alpine Inn, an iconic Black Hills restaurant, received the annual Restaurant of the Year award in 2020. Built in 1886 as the Harney Peak Hotel, this historic landmark, with its old world charm and reputation for fine dining, the Alpine Inn became the showplace of Hill City. Family owned and operated for three decades, the Inn carries on this tradition of excellence. The Alpine Inn has supported Kids Go Free since the program began welcoming children through 18 years of age to attend a show for free with their parent or guardian.

Lead Role Level ($1,500+)

We are proud to partner with Sage Studios in capturing high quality photos of our shows. Russell Jensen’s artistic photography is in the homes of thousands of families across the region. His portraits have been honored by being selected as part of the 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2017, 2019 Professional Photographers of America's International Photographic Loan Collection. In 2016, he was awarded the South Dakota Photographer of the Year award as well as the CPP award for the highest scoring print case from the SDPPA.

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Grounds Sponsors ($500+)

Custer Mile High Garden Club

Plantsmyth

Custer Miler High Garden Club’s objectives are to stimulate interest in gardening, promote community beautification, improvement of the environment, improve knowledge and skills in all aspects of gardening, and to conserve native plants. Every year they provide plants and labor to create the beautiful flower beds in front of the theatre.

The Plantsmyth in Rapid City focuses on providing gardeners with quality nursery stock, greenhouse plants, garden and landscaping supplies along with the best information available. This season the Plantsymth worked with Jeff Kingsbury to select and donate many of the exceptionally beautiful plants and flowers in our hanging baskets. 27


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Lighting Designer, Sound Designer, Electrician Jonathan is so excited to be back at the BHP; his work was last seen in Mamma Mia! Jonathan resides in Vermillion, South Dakota where he is a recently tenured Associate Professor of Theatre and head of the BFA and MFA lighting and sound disciplines at the University of South Dakota. He invented and patented his invention Cable Munkey™ and he co-owns a theatrical props rental business based out of Wisconsin. cablemunkey.com, aztheatricaldesign.com, indigotheatrical.com.

Jonathan Allender-Zivic

Stage Manager

Zach Brunkhorst

Zach is a recent graduate of Southeast Missouri State where he managed productions like Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Shrek The Musical. Some of his other management credits include Mamma Mia! at STAGES St. Louis, Beauty and the Beast at Variety Children’s Charity and Titanic at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma City. Zachary is very thankful and excited to be joining Black Hills Playhouse for its 2021 summer season.

Executive Director Scenic Designer, Costume Designer, Costume Shop Manager and lives transforms theatre knows Linda Amber (she/her) is a costume and scenic the importance of access for all. In her designer who is delighted to spend her 11th year as Executive Director, she has 8th summer at the BHP along with good learned that no season is like another and friends and her husband, Christopher it takes a dedicated team to make the PlayHaug. She is currently the Coordinator of house a success. This is especially true in Design and Technology for the Dobbins Con2021. She is grateful to everyone who has servatory at Southeast MO State University. Her reworked diligently to get the BHP back on the stage. She sends love to her family for their patience and support which allows her to do this gional design credits include The New York Musical Festival work. And she especially misses her dad cheering everyone on in the (NYMF), Manhattan Repertory Theatre (NYC), The Black Hills Playhouse (SD), The Ohio Light Opera (OH), McLeod Summer audience this year. Playhouse (IL), North Dakota Shakespeare Festival (ND), Oak Ridge Playhouse (KY), The Performance Network, Tipping Point Theatre, Williamston Theatre, Flint Youth Theatre (MI), and many academic Kit Asfeldt institutions. In addition, she has worked as a design assistant/techniActor, Choreographer cian Off-Broadway and around the country, including stitching cosKit Asfeldt is overjoyed to be returning to tumes for the Tony Award winning The King and I at Lincoln Center the BHP for his fourth season. Past BHP Theatre. Amber is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local credits include: The Addams Family, Pag- 829, Southeast Theatre Conference (SETC) and the United States Ineant!, Grease, Young Frankenstein, The stitute for Theatre Technology (USITT). Her book, Digital Design Secret Garden, Spamalot. Other credits: for Custom Textiles: Patterns as Narration for Stage and Film is Cirque Dreams Holidaze National Tour, available through Focal Press. www.ambermcookdesign.com Norwegian Cruise Line. BFA Musical Theatre from University of South Dakota. Thanks to Karen, Thomas, Hannah, and Ben for their unending support. The greatest love to the residents of 2C (William, Haley, and Nicole) for putting Cody Crisman up with endless hours of mic-ography. Phillipians 4:13 @kasfeldt Stagecraft Intern

Linda Anderson

Actor Intern

Elizabeth Balzli

Elizabeth Balzli is an upcoming sophomore Musical Theatre major at the University of South Dakota. She is honored to be in such a wonderful musical working alongside such a talented cast. Elizabeth has participated in multiple intensives and institutes for Musical Theatre such as Southeastern Summer Theatre Institute, Broadway Theatre Connection, The Nola Project Winter Intensive, and Summer Lyric Intensive. She was also the lead as Sibella in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder last semester at the University of South Dakota.

Amber Marisa Cook

Cody Crisman recently designed the stage for Zanna Don’t! and Angels and Demons: The Medieval Mystery Plays at the University of South Dakota and was the Regional Allied Design and Technology winner for KCACTF Region 5 in 2020 for his painted drop of King Louie for USD’s Hunchback of Notre Dame. He is a current student at USD with an emphasis in Scenic Design and has been part of the shows produced since the Fall of 2019 as a Scenic Artist.

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Costume Designer, First Hand/Cutter/ Draper

Scott Henze

Scott Henze is a recent graduate of Central Michigan University, originally from Shelby Township, Michigan. This is his first time working at the Black Hills Playhouse and he is very excited to be able work on the collaborative art of theatre with talented, like-minded individuals. He would like to thank his parents and the wonderful staff at CMU for encouraging him and giving him the tools necessary to work in his chosen career. Props Master

Becky Hicks Becky Hicks is a recent graduate from Augustana University with degrees in English, Secondary Education, and Theatre. In the fall, she will be pursuing a Master’s degree in Theatre Design with a concentration in Stage Properties at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Some of the favorite shows she has designed include Clue the Musical, The Thanksgiving Play, and James and the Giant Peach the Musical. She is excited to be back at the Playhouse for her second year as props assistant. Music Director, Musician

Vonnie Houchin

Vonnie is a 35-year veteran middle school teacher in Rapid City who found her love for musical theater later in life. She directed musical theatre at the Firehouse Brewing Theater for 11 years and serves as the music director for her church, Dynamix (local women’s Acapella group), and the BHP. She deeply adores and values the Black Hills Playhouse, the opportunities it provides both cast members and patrons, and hopes you LOVE your experience here!

Assistant Chef Cooking professionally for seven years, Brian graduated from the culinary program at Texas State Technical College, where he met Chef Vincent Frontino, forming a bond that would eventually bring him here to the Playhouse where he will serve as the Assistant Chef. He is very passionate about all things food and loves being able to bring that to people, whether it’s bringing something new and exciting to restaurant patrons or cooking and sharing a beautiful meal with friends and family.

Box Office Manager, Groundskeeper, Fundraiser

Jeff Kingsbury

Mr. Kingsbury has appeared in over 200 plays and musicals throughout his career. He is a BHP favorite, having played some of his most cherished roles. At the top of the list, Jeff cites Man In Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone, Morrie, in Tuesdays With Morrie, President Hockstader in Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, and Lurch in The Addams Family Musical. When we’re not in a pandemic, Jeff is an auctioneer for charity groups and helps to raise millions of dollars for good causes annually! He is the president of the Black Hills Playhouse Alumni Association. This is his 10th season with the BHP. This season he is heading up the box office, performing olios, and, as always, helping to raise much-needed funds for the BHP. Choreographer

Holly Knox Holly Knox is a lifelong BHP supporter and jazzed to be in the Playbill as a company member for the first time, choreographing “ILY... Change”. She grew up dancing all disciplines at Forney Cronin Studio in Pierre. Recent credits include: Beauty & the Beast (BHCT 2019), Newsies (ACTS 2019), The Full Monty (BHCT 2018), and assistant choreographer for Mamma Mia! (BHP, 2019). Love to my girls.

Scenic Artist

Julie Lasonczyk Julie is a 2020 graduate of the CollegeConservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati with a BFA in Stage Design focusing in Scenic Art. She is very excited to return to the BHP for her second year and create incredible theatre for the Black Hills. After a year of no theatre it's even more rewarding to bring stories to life on the stage for the community.

Brian King

Development Operations Manager

Darla Drew Lerdal

Darla is always searching for ways to get more arts into our lives and strengthen communities. And she works hard to find the dollars and partners to make it happen. When Darla is not working for the BHP she spends time as a Rapid City Council member improving the city and as lead singer of the retro rock band DD & the Fayrohs. 35


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Props Intern

Lauren “LD” Dowell LD Dowell is a recent graduate from the University of South Dakota where she majored in Theatre Studies with an emphasis in stage managing, technical directing, and acting. LD’s home base is Odessa, MO. A few of her favorite technical credits include stage managing A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, technical directing Zanna Don’t and as head of props for Much Ado About Nothing. She is extremely excited and humbled to be given this opportunity to be a part of Black Hills 2021 season.

Head Chef

Vince Frontino Chef Vince comes to the Black Hills Playhouse by way of Denver, Colorado. Chef Vince is a graduate of Pikes Peak community College, Cook Street School of Culinary Arts and has trained at Academia Barilla in Parma, Italy. He served in the military for 22 years where he was able to experience many cuisines that influence his daily menu, and he has a vast amount of experience that ranges from restaurants to institutional food service. We at the Black Hills Playhouse are excited to have him as our Head Chef!

Master Carpenter

Trevor Hannagan Graduating from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University with a BFA degree in Technical Direction, Trevor prides himself on never shying away from a challenge, takes great satisfaction in his versatility, and in being able to work closely with design teams so the final product is something everyone involved can be proud to present on stage. Hailing originally from Chicago, when he’s not building, budgeting, or drafting, Trevor enjoys spending time writing Dungeons and Dragons adventures, practicing Mixology, and stargazing.

AME Intern, Sound Designer Nadirah T. Harper, a Chicago native, has just recently graduated from Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) with a bachelor’s degree in Theater Design and Technology. This season will be Nadirah’s first post-graduate endeavor, and Altar Boyz will be her first professional sound design. While at SEMO, Nadirah has acted as lighting designer for a variety of productions including Urinetown, I Love You,You're Perfect, Now Change, and several dance pieces in Fall for Dance 2020.

Nadirah T. Harper

Director The Marvelous Wonderettes

Egla Birmingham Hassan Actor

Alex Anthony Garcia This is Alex’s first BHP production. He was recently seen in Nickelodeon’s “PAW Patrol Live! At Home!” Other credits include the national tour of PAW Patrol Live! (Marshall), Sister Act (Eddie), Dracula: King of Vampires (Dracula), James and the Giant Peach (Centipede), and Home Game (Marco/Charley). Alex holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Niagara University. He thanks Dad, Mom, Ricky, and Sabrina for all their love and support. Stage Manager

Kristal Georgopoulos Kristal is excited to return for her 5th summer at the Black Hills Playhouse. It’s been a long hiatus but she is excited to get back to live, in-person theatre and is excited for the New Frontier Theatre at the Black Hills Playhouse! Previous credits include Always Patsy Cline, Sweat, Steel Magnolias, Side Show, and A Doll's House Part 2, to name a few.

Egla Birmingham Hassan has spent most of her adult life engaged in some form of theatrical pursuit; whether that was exploring the relationship between religion and drama at a seminary, or performing with a small theatrical group in Pennsylvania, or writing plays for special audiences, Hassan has always looked for ways to say something about the human condition. Egla is an accomplished director and retired professor of theatre whose 32-year career at Western Illinois University included heading the MFA program in directing and helping young theatre artists to find their own voices. Sound Engineer / Electrics / Lighting Designer

Christopher George Haug

Chris is the Assistant Professor of Lighting Design for the Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre & Dance at Southeast Missouri State University. Chris has designed lighting and projections and has also enjoyed his time as a technical director and production manager at the BHP over the last 7 years. Chris is excited to support and explore the adventure that is theatre on the New Frontier Stage! 37


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Musician

Jamie St. Clair-Linde Jamie was born and raised in Rapid City. She began playing the violin at the age of four with the Black Hills Suzuki School, and continued with the program for 14 years. She played in the South Dakota AllState Orchestra all four years of high school, placing in Honors Orchestra three times. She has also spent many years performing with the local Black Hills Symphony Orchestra. After attending many shows at the Black Hills Playhouse growing up, she's excited to be part of the production for this show.

Assistant Technical Director This is Andrew’s seventh year at the Black Hills Playhouse. He started as a carpenter intern, moved up to Master Carpenter, and this year has returned as the Assistant Tech Director. The Hills are one of his favorite places to be, it's where he has made friends, family, and even met his beautiful fiance.

A.J. Lowery

Emily Ludewig Carpenter Intern

Emily Ludewig just completed her undergraduate degree from UW-La Crosse, majoring in design/technical theatre with emphasis in Technical Direction and Sound Design. She is thrilled to be working here at BHP for the summer. Recent credits include Technology Coordinator on Influence, Sound Designer/Foley Artist on War of the Worlds, and Technical Director on Middletown at UW-La Crosse. She would like to thank her professors for helping her to get this far, and her friends and family for all their love and support.

Production Manager

Katy McGlaughlin When Katy isn’t frolicking in the woods at BHP she is the Production Manager at the University of Northern Iowa. She is also one of the co-authors of Stage Management Basics, A Primer for Performing Arts Stage Managers (2nd edition coming this fall). Working at BHP has been a dream for over a decade and she is thrilled to be joining the company for this momentous comeback season.

Actor, Music Director

Josey Miller

Josey returns to the Playhouse for her fifth season in these glorious Hills. Selected BHP roles include Ado Annie (Oklahoma!), Claire (Tokens of Affection), Daisy Hilton (Side Show) and Donna (Mamma Mia!). Elsewhere-Woman 2 (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change) at The Round Barn Theatre, Prude Cupp (Pump Boys and Dinettes) at Myers Dinner Theatre, Natalie (Game On!) at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and most recently, Josey was a Swing on the National Tour of Ken Ludwig’s Twas the Night with Right Angle Entertainment. Off stage Josey is most proud of helping to produce the 2020 Virtual Tatanka Teaser for the BHP and the fact that her boyfriend John still loves her after living together through quarantine. Following the 2021 Season, Josey will be moving to Morgantown, WV to begin her MFA in Acting at West Virginia University. www.joseymariemiller.com IG joseymariemiller

Associate Director

Randy Niles

Randy is the Associate Director of the Black Hills Playhouse, holding primary responsibility for business operations and physical plant improvements at the BHP campus. Randy works closely with Artistic Director, Dan Workman, to execute the season of professional summer stock theatre in Custer State Park. He works closely with the Physical Plant Committee and the SD Department of Game, Fish, & Parks on repairs and maintenance, as well as improvements to the campus. Niles is a proud University of South Dakota graduate (B.F.A. & M.A.).

Costume Intern

Elise Oren

Elise Oren graduated from Augustana University in the spring of 2020 with a BA in Elementary Education, and a minor in Theatre. She currently works as an Academic and Student Health Assistant in the Brandon Valley School District. Elise recently worked with the BHP as the costume designer in their all ability production of Elf Jr. She is stoked to be spending her first summer at the BHP!

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Actor Intern

Ceslie Parker-Waller Ceslie Parker-Waller (Cindy Lou - The Marvelous Wonderettes) is a recent graduate of Kansas State University with a BA in Theatre and Dance. She is over the moon to return to the stage and bring these shows to life! During this year and a few months’ worth of an intermission, she had been working with her school’s theatre program to produce, host, and star in their newly created podcast, Kansas Theatre Works. She would like to thank her family, friends, the cast and crew, as well as her cat Frannie for their continuous support and love. “Enjoy this season and the fresh air!” Assistant Director of Education, Costume Designer

Katryna Preston

Katryna began her first summer at the Playhouse as a stitching intern in 2018. This is her third summer with the company, but first as a designer and she’s ecstatic to costume design The Marvelous Wonderettes! After graduating in 2019 with a BFA degree in Theatre: Design/Technology from The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University she relocated to South Dakota working on the BHP Education team year-round as the Production Coordinator. Kat now serves as the Assistant Director of Education. She’s immensely grateful for the opportunity to further develop the Playhouse’s arts education initiatives with Dakota Players, BHP Jr. Camps, and The Expanding Stage. Preston wants to thank supporters of The BHP who believe in the importance of this programming that brings creativity and theatre education to youth and communities across the state!

Actor Intern

Lydia Prior Lydia Prior is a recent graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato, having just received her Musical Theatre BFA in May. Some of her favorite roles include Nora Helmer in A Doll House, Sibella Hallward in A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder, and Ariel in The Tempest. In her free time, Lydia enjoys writing music on her guitar, ukulele, and, her newest musical pursuit, her dulcimer guitar. After her time here, Lydia will further her career in the Twin Cities.

Actor Intern

Alex Rudd Alex is thrilled to return to the beautiful Black Hills Playhouse stage! In the 2019 season he appeared as Robin Hood in Sherwood, Mamma Mia! (Sky), and Side Show (Houdini/Dog Boy). Other regional credits include Baskerville (Sherlock Holmes), Urinetown (Mr. Cladwell), Fiddler on the Roof (Motel), The Full Monty (Keno). Alex recently graduated from Webster Conservatory in St. Louis with a BFA in Musical Theatre. He would like to thank his family and friends for their never-ending support. Musician

Lon Schnittgrund Lon is excited to play bass for a production at Black Hills Playhouse for the first time. He’s played bass for productions at the Firehouse Theatre In Rapid City, including Next to Normal and American Idiot. He has most recently performed for Black Hills Community Theatre production of The Who’s,Tommy and also plays regularly in the Black Hills with the band, Corduroy Vinyl. Scenic Designer - Charge Artit

Vic Shonk

Victor E. Shonk is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Dakota, teaching scenic design, scenic painting, and properties. Victor is a freelance scenic designer who has worked in many states across the nation designing theatre, television, and opera. This is Vic’s fourth season with the BHP. His designs at the BHP include: Spamalot, Shrek, Moonlight and Magnolias, Pageant, and Nunsense. He is a proud member of U.S.A., Local 829.

Actor Intern

Drew Sinnard

Drew is currently working toward his BFA in Musical Theater Performance at Nebraska Wesleyan University. In 2019, Drew was selected by Omaha Performing Arts as a National Finalist to represent the state of Nebraska at the Jimmy Awards in New York City. His favorite roles include: The Baker in Into the Woods, Orlando in As You Like It, Uncle Fester in The Addams Family, Willard in Footloose, Ham/Abel in Children Of Eden. Drew is very excited to perform at such a beautiful venue. Enjoy the show! 41


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Director Altar Boyz

Justin Speck

Justin returns for his 9th season with the BHP where he has had the honor of acting in, directing, and/or choreographing sixteen productions since 2002. He is a nationally known and award-winning theatre educator, director, choreographer, and actor from Rapid City. Locals may recognize him from Black Hills Community Theatre, Firehouse Brewing Theatre, Black Hills Symphony Orchestra, and Rapid City Central High School where he just finished his 17th year as Co-Chair of the Performing Arts Department and the Artistic Director of Theatre. Musician

Alan Temple

Artistic Director, Director I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

Dan Workman

Dan fuels the artistic vision of the BHP and with his wife, Deb, founded Dakota Players. His passion for the BHP goes beyond words. This is Dan’s 25th summer at the Black Hills Playhouse and his 12th as Artistic Director. Dan is an Associate Professor and the chair of the Department of Theatre at Augustana University where he teaches directing, acting, script analysis, and intro to theatre. He received his M.F.A. at the University of South Dakota. Over the years he has played many roles and directed many shows at the BHP!

Director of Education Alan is excited to return to BHP for this Deb is a true believer in every person’s season. He is currently in his 20th seaabilities and superpowers. Leading the son as a percussionist with the Black Hills way with kindness, she is a creator of theSymphony Orchestra. He was a percusatre opportunities and magic. As the BHP sionist in the musical Side Show at the BHP Director of Education she manages Dakota in 2019. Alan has also played percussion for Players, BHP Jr. Camps, and The Expanded the Black Hills Community Theater productions stage programs which are based in Sioux Falls. of The Music Man, Les Miserables, and The Full Monty. He recently retired from the Ellsworth Air Force Base engineering division where Deb works with her team to create innovative and engaging arts curhe worked in project management for 35 years. Alan and his wife, riculum which includes groundbreaking programs inclusive of people with disabilities. Debbie, have two daughters, Rachel and Brittany.

Technical Director

John Utter

Coming to you all the way from Boston, MA, John is excited for his sixth season at the BHP! He is 1/3rd of the way through his MFA in Technical Production from Boston University, where he faces new educational challenges every day. He would like to give a special shout-out to Josey Miller for being just generally the best and to every person who has made the trek to our little corner of the park to support the arts!

Deb Workman

Assistant to Associate Director

Preston Workman

Preston Workman is a high school student who enjoys the world of media. He has taken Digital Animation, and Audio/Visual Production classes at the CTE Academy in Sioux Falls, SD and takes great pride in his media presentations. Preston loves listening to audio books, drawing, hanging out with friends, biking the trails, and playing video games.

Box Office Customer Service

Satchel Workman Actor Intern

Satchel is beyond excited to return for his 5th (employed) year at the Black Hills Jack Warring is an actor who just recently Playhouse, even if it looks a bit different! graduated from Western Illinois UniverHis favorite things include singing, playsity where he just finished performing in ing games with his friends, jokes, and bugs. Kiss me Kate and their most recent dance In his years away from the Playhouse, he has concert! Jack worked in the Black Hills for been taking voice lessons, streaming on Twitch, the BHP's last season and could be seen as watching movies, and reading. Some series he recommends are: MistBuddy in Side Show and Eddie in Mamma Mia! Jack born by Brandon Sanderson, The Reckoners by Brandon Sanderson, absolutely adores being in the Hills and could not be more excited to and The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. be back on stage and putting on a show for you! 43

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This unique fundraiser raised over $35,000 thanks to generous sponsors, donors, and participants. It promoted healthy living and made it possible to get back in the Park in 2021, and continue educational programs for kids and people with disabilities statewide.

BHP Run Crew 5K Sponsors Major Sponsors

Brian Hagg, Attorney at Law, philanthropist, developer and poet came in as our major sponsor for the BHP Run Crew Virtual 5K Run. Brian came through to help us make our goal and get the BHP up and running by sponsoring the BHP Run Crew 5K Run.

Viginia “Ginger” Nelson

Virginia “Ginger” Nelson stepped up in a big way to help us make our goal of $35,000 for the BHP Run Crew Virtual 5K Walk Run. If you see Ginger give her a nice elbow tap and say thanks from the BHP.

Sanford Health, one of the largest health systems in the United States, is dedicated to the integrated delivery of health care, genomic medicine, senior care and services, global clinics, research and affordable insurance. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the organization includes 46 hospitals, 1,400 physicians and more than 200 Good Samaritan Society senior care locations in 26 states and 10 countries. We welcome them to the BHP family of business supporters.

Premium Sponsors

KTM Design Solutions, Inc. is a multi-disciplinary engineering firm, specializing in civil engineering, land development and construction administration. The design company has generously donated to our summer camp tuition assistance program and our BHP Run Crew 5k virtual race.

Longbranch Civil Engineering has tailored its business to meet the needs of its customers. They exist to develop relationships, earn a reputation for unparalleled consulting engineering services, and provide dedicated individuals to deliver results that exceed expectations. Long Branch Consulting offers a variety of civil engineering and survey related services.

Premier Properties

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Premier Properties and TPA West joined forces to support the Black Hills Playhouse. Premier Properties is a leader in the real estate business in the Rapid City region. The customer is always first. TPA West has been helping the people of Rapid City for years and years with all of their tax reporting needs.

RCS Construction, Inc. brings the industry’s best people and best talent to each project working together, as a team to give customers an experience with building contractors in Rapid City, SD that is second to none. Top management, designers, estimators, and support staff, working together will bring enthusiasm, experience, and knowledge to your site work construction project.


Scull Construction Service Inc. Jim Scull and Scull Construction continue to raise the bar for construction in the North Central Region that they serve, including North Dakota Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming. They strive for excellence as a leading construction management firm, along with their full-service general contractor services. They have supported the Playhouse through the pandemic, recently supported the BHP Run Crew Virtual 5K Race, and provided a lift for the construction of the New Frontier Theatre.

Sen. Stan & Lynda Clark Adelstein

Senator Adelstein and his wife Lynda Clark Adelstein are local business owners and longtime philanthropists of the arts in Rapid City. The couple has generously donated to our summer camp tuition assistance program and our BHP Run Crew 5k virtual race. Skogen is a chef driven concept, offering innovative breakfast and dinner options. Skogen means “The Forest” in Norwegian. The name is a nod to Eliza Raney, General Manager, and Executive Chef Joseph Raney’s heritage and our surroundings. Eliza and Joseph have worked with some of the best companies in the food service industry including Disney and the Patina Restaurant Group.

$1,000 Level Gunderson, Palmer Nelson & Ashmore, LLP

Charles & Kathryn Hart

$500 Level Monument Community Fund

Jim & Katie Hood

George Drew

Marsh & McLennan

Special thanks to the BHP Run Crew 5K Virtual Run/Walk Committee

Co-Chairs - Mark Meersman and Randy Niles, Erin Grogan Goetzinger, Mandie Weinandt, Carrie Moore, Sara Southwood, Linda Anderson, and Darla Drew Lerdal.

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Philanthropy Leaders for the BHP Black Hills Area Community Foundation Black Hills Playhouse Alumni Association First Interstate Area Custer Foundation Meg & Loyd Garrison

Walter & Raeanna Gislason Jeff Kingsbury Deb Kuehn Mark & Carolyn Mollers

Julie Oswald + Osward Family Foundation Jerry Wheeler Memorial Northwestern Engineering Company

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The Black Hills Area Community Foundation holds the Landon Fund, an endowment created in memory of Stephen Landon, a talented scenic designer for the BHP. BHACF also supported BHP Education programs by helping to fund a Mac computer which made it possible to create online programs for school children during the pandemic. The foundation also supported the creation of the New Frontier Theatre making it possible for us to play in the Park this summer.

Since its earliest inception, the BHPAA organized reunions to bring new and old alums together. It has organized and executed several major projects for the good of the BHP including raising funds to build Haberman Hall, producing a fundraiser to buy drapes for the stage, organizing reunions (in 2021 over Zoom!), and, now, pledging to raise $75,000 for the $200,000 plus On Your Side project which will preserve and strengthen the Warren M. Lee Theatre by insulating and re-roofing the building and insulating Warren M. Lee Theatre. The BHP is grateful for all of their critical support over the years. The First Interstate Area Custer Fund has supported the Playhouse many times over the past decade at critical times. In 2021 they granted $10,000 to support the On Your Side: Siding and Insulation Campaign to strengthen and preserve the historic Warren M. Lee Theatre.

The Garrisons have provided significant annual support to the Playhouse for years which has resulted in the growth of innovative statewide arts programs and improvements to the BHP in Custer State Park. Every year this support is kindly matched by the Shell Foundation which increases their donation impact! In addition, in 2020 they donated funds for the development of the New Frontier Theatre to make sure that we were able to get back in the Park in 2021.

Walter Gislason and Raeanna Taake met at the Black Hills Playhouse in 1963 and were married in 1964, spending seven summers working at the Playhouse. Over the years they have provided generous annual operating and capital project support to the place which brought them together. For many years, Walt arranged for fresh picked corn on the cob, brats, and turkey to be flown to Rapid City to feed the company. The Gislasons are also generous supporters of the University of South Dakota College of Fine Arts.

Jeff loves the BHP and shows it in many ways as a donor, fundraiser, volunteer, and performer, working to beautify the BHP Campus by creating and maintaining memorial gardens and taking charge of the grounds. We are grateful to Jeff for sharing his passion for gardening and donating his time to make the magic happen. This year Jeff has added yet another lead role for the BHP as the Box Office Manager for this season. And as expected, he is terrific. Deb and her family are long-time supporters of the BHP. In 2020 Deb went the extra mile by offering to be a matching donor for the Day of Giving fundraiser, The Big Bounce. The event raised over $25,000 thanks to Deb’s generosity and inspiration to other donors.

Mark and Carolyn have a long history of attending and supporting the Black Hills Playhouse. Mark served on the board from 1985-1989. He organized fundraisers for the endowment, worked to improve the Playhouse theatre courtyard, and advocated with Governor Janklow to award a community development grant which retired outstanding debt and constructed new buildings. In recent years the Mollers have donated generously to upgrade the sound system in the theatre, helped build the New Frontier Theater to get us back in the Park in 2021, and contributed to the On Your Side Siding and Insulation project. Mark and Carolyn offered a match challenge which resulted in the Playhouse raising over $25,000 at the end of 2020. Friends like these are friends indeed.

Julie is a passionate advocate for arts and culture in our region, supporting many causes. Through the Oswald Family Foundation, she has donated significantly to the Black Hills Playhouse since 2013 for operations, program, and capital, strengthening and preserving the Playhouse for future generations. In addition, she is co-owner of The Custer Beacon, which provides the Southern Black Hills with a space to eat, drink, play, and be together. Check out this amazing entertainment venue at custerbeacon.com.

Friends and colleagues donated in memory of Jerry after he passed away on February 28th of this year. Jerry was passionate about the Playhouse and devoted incredible time and effort to saving and preserving it for future generations when its very existence was in question. Jerry and his wife Kelly helped support the Playhouse in many ways by attending fundraisers and donating to specific campaigns. See Season Dedication page 54.

NWE Property Management - Northwestern Engineering Company (“NWE”) incorporated in South Dakota in 1927 as an engineering and contracting company. The company’s early history as contractors evolved into real estate ownership and then property management. During 2020, when all income to the Black Hills Playhouse came to a screeching halt, we reached out to NWE with help in finding a new home for our offices. They came to our aid and donated approximately $13,000 in rental services to the BHP.


Extraordinary In-kind or Service Sponsors over $10,000 GCC Dacotah

GCC Dacotah - Again during the pandemic, we had a summer with no patrons on the grounds and the perfect time to do lots of projects but no money to get the work done. GCC stepped up to help with demolition of the old sidewalk and hauling the cement away. The professionalism of the team provided by GCC made the construction of our new sidewalks a breeze. Thanks to this local help, the BHP saved $10,000 on services that we would have otherwise had to wait a few years to afford. Flooring America in Rapid City turned out to be a friend indeed to a friend in need. We needed flooring for our dorms and some other common areas. Rod Pettigrew and his team helped get us all the materials we needed for the project, totally donated. Randy Niles, our amazing Associate Director and Master Carpenter did all of the work. We are sure our company will notice all the beautiful floors on our campus this summer when they arrive. Once again, this donation was worth over 15K!

Education Sponsors ($3,000+)

Not only are the fine people at Black Hills Energy supporting the Playhouse as a season sponsor, but they are also in as an educational sponsor as well. During Covid, our education team pivoted to create new virtual content including classes and camps. With the help of companies like BHE, the Dakota Players were able to continue to reinvent delivery of educational content.

Hani Shafai, owner of Dream Design, International not only cares about the property he is developing, but about the people who live there. Having grown up in war-torn Palestine, Hani learned early the art of adaptability, constant rebuilding and unwavering faith in what the world could become. Dream Design is a friend of BHP children’s programs and has contributed to our Dakota Players for several years.

First Interstate Bank, Rapid City location, has stepped up in a big way to sponsor the season and education programs of the Black Hills Playhouse. Dedicated to serving the people of the Great Plains, First Interstate Bank is a community bank with locations throughout Idaho, Montana, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming. The great people at First Interstate Bank have provided incredible support for the BHP for many years.

SDPB is proud to support the Education Programs of the BHP including Dakota Players Tours which take high-quality arts programs to schools and communities across South Dakota. SDPB also works to create awareness of special events at the BHP. SDPB is a vital community resource that produces and broadcasts high-quality, commercial free programs and valuable community projects that educate, enlighten and entertain.

Media Sponsors

Homeslice Media is a regional media and entertainment conglomerate. This includes six radio stations, (The Mix 93.9, Kat Country 98.7, The Fox 100.3, Hot 93.1, Smash Hits KKLS, B1 81KBHB, a digital marketing unit (Rapid City Digital Solutions), and advertising agency, a live entertainment agency (Homeslice Concerts) and an artist management firm. The diversified Black Hills-based Homeslice group also owns the Loud American Roadhouse in Sturgis.

KOTA is an ABC affiliated television station owned by Gray Television, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Gray owns and /or operates 93 television stations in 51 television markets throughout the country. As the reach of KOTA TV expands, the sponsorship of their station is an increasingly important partner for the BHP Family of Programs. KOTA went the extra mile by sponsoring the ads for our BHP Run Crew 5K Virtual Walk/Run helping us raise over $35,000 in our first year of the event!

Midco is a regional cable provider, providing a triple play service of cable television, Internet and telephone service for both North Dakota and South Dakota, along with much of Minnesota, and several communities in Kansas and Wisconsin. As new media sponsors to the Black Hills Playhouse family of support, the Midco group is promoting our schedule of shows on all their TV stations as a donation. We really appreciate the PSA support from Midco!

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We dedicate this season to friends lost and remembered.

Jerry Wheeler

Jerry Wheeler passed away on February 28, 2021, at Home + Hospice House Monument Health in Rapid City, SD after a 22-year courageous battle with Parkinson's Disease. Jerry was a tenacious leader during his tenure as a trade association director and lobbyist; being recognized for his ability as a troubleshooter and problem-solver. Jerry was able to bring people together and understood the need for compromise when working through the legislative process. He earned a reputation as an honest and trustworthy lobbyist. Calm in the face of conflict, but strong and forceful when necessary, Jerry could fight the good fight, believing in the issues and people he represented. One of his strengths was knowing when to admit he didn't know something, but then used his energy to go find the answer. Jerry was serving as the President of the Black Hills Playhouse Board of Directors when the Playhouse was in danger of losing its lease to the historic site in Custer State Park in 2009. Working diligently, he lead the effort to save the Playhouse, enact legislation to preserve it, and to get the lease restored. Jerry’s storytelling was legendary and he is greatly missed by family and friends who enjoyed his sense of humor. We are grateful to his wife, Kelly, for establishing the Jerry Wheeler Memorial Fund and thank all who have donated in his honor to strengthen and preserve the Playhouse for future generations.

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Barry LeBeau

The final curtain came down for Barry LeBeau March 21st, 2020 in Pierre, SD. He was an actor, musician, grant writer, program administrator, voracious reader, and 30 year lobbyist for the arts and the tribes in South Dakota. He died suddenly and peacefully in his apartment next to the Grand Opera House where he had performed often. He was 69. Barry had a career as a professional actor, speaker, and lobbyist. In many ways these lifelong passions complimented each other; he was as skilled with the rules of legislative process as he was quoting lines from Shakespeare. Barry earned his acting chops beginning with community theatre in Pierre but has credits in Sioux Falls, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and at the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park, perhaps his favorite venue. As a professional, he provided voice talent to several documentaries and television commercials, including the award winning short film Ghost Dance. He was the narrator for the feature length America's Great Indian Leaders, and America's Great Indian Nations. Film credits include Charles Nauman’s Yes, I am not Iktomi, Andrew Kightlinger's Dust Of War and Molli Cameron's Lakota Girls. Barry raised money and served on the Board (often as President) for countless South Dakota arts organizations including the South Dakota Arts Council, Black Hills Film Festival, Black Hills Playhouse Alumni Association, Northern Plains Indian Arts Market, and Pierre Players. As a lobbyist, Barry was a 30 year advocate for the Arts. But closer to his heart he was also a proud, tireless and effective advocate for South Dakota’s Indian County and its people. Barry worked as an Indian affairs lobbyist, a tribal affairs consultant and speaker, and a longtime program administrator for the United Sioux Tribes.


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Profile for Black Hills Playhouse

2021 Black Hills Playhouse Playbill  

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