Ron Reed To Receive High Honor

Feb 5, 2019

In The Moment ... February 5, 2019 Show 509 Hour 2

When the Governor's Awards in the Arts takes place next Tuesday in Pierre, Dr. Ron Reed will be honored for Outstanding Support of the Arts by an Individual.

From chair of the University of South Dakota theater department to directing the Black Hills Playhouse, from volunteerism to serving as South Dakota's Secretary of Education and Cultural Affairs, Reed's impact on the arts in the state has been felt for more than half a century.

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The University of South Dakota Theater Department presents "Cabaret" from April 12 - 22.

Veteran Broadway director and choreographer Chet Walker spent ten days in residency at USD conducting workshops and lecturing. He choreographed eight dances for USD's Cabaret.

He joins us for a conversation about Bob Fosse, 50 years of "Cabaret," and his life as a choreographer.

Siouxland Heritage Museums

In The Moment ... November 27, 2017 Show 227 Hour 2

A new exhibit at the Old Courthouse Museum tells the story of the Sioux Falls entertainment industry. "Theatres: Stage to Screen" looks at more than 25 theatres from the 1880s to today. It's also the topic of this week's Images of the Past.  Adam Nelson is Marketing Coordinator for the Siouxland Heritage Museums in Sioux Falls.

Personalities: From Huron High to Broadway

Jul 21, 2017
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Singer, actor, and teacher Joseph Mahowald graduated from Huron High School in 1977. He went on to study music and voice at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, graduating Magna Cum Laude. By 1987 he was working on Broadway as a member of the original cast of 'Les Miserables.'

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In The Moment ... May 10, 2017 Show 090 Hour 2

Alex Meyer. He's a junior art and theater major at Augustana College in Sioux Falls. He recently earned a second place award at the national Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington, D.C. Alex is joined by Augustana professor Dr. Richard Swanson, who wrote the play which inspired Alex's set design. We talk about creation stories, following your passion to find your career, and about "stories among chaos."

In The Moment ... May 9, 2017 Show 089 Hour 2

Colt Romberger’s father served in Vietnam, and it changed his life forever. Colt is currently journeying across the United States on horseback to raise awareness about Vietnam veterans and exposure to Agent Orange. He joins us from the road to talk about remembering the courage of his father, his dad’s advice before Colt deployed to Iraq, and how one man’s journey can serve thousands.

South Dakota high schools produce a variety of plays each year. This week the Washington High School drama department took us backstage during rehearsals of "The Wizard of Oz."

Featured cast and crew: Skylar Chapin, Kiley Lenz, Tatiana Chance, Isaiah Henderson, Noah Salter, Merci Bita, Ms. Micki DeCurtins, Noah Schlekeway, Reanna Rohrer, Ethan Jensen, Gabriella Salazar, Madelyn Morgan, Madison Weber, Joshua Maldonado, Gabriel Morvant, Arianna Person, Liliana Rolon-Colon, Jack Clarke, Jane Walsh, Blake Anderson.

Charles Michael Ray

The Off-Broadway Women's Project Theater is the  oldest and largest theater company that promotes women artists in the US. In business since 1978, the organization celebrates and incubates projects by theater artists who might never otherwise be heard.

Lisa McNulty is in her second year as producing artistic director for the theater. She joins Dakota Midday to talk about the industry and about how women should resist waiting for permission before producing their own creative work.

Tony nominated Broadway lyricist and playwright Bill Russell was born in Deadwood and raised in Spearfish. His Broadway writing debut was with “Side Show” (music by Henry Krieger). This month he is working with the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park as guest artist for the production of “Pageant.” He joins Dakota Midday for a conversation about art, theater, and the journey from the Black Hills to Broadway.

DWU Plans $1 Million Theater Project

Mar 3, 2016

After dedicating a new sports and wellness center this past month, Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell is now focusing on the arts. The school is planning a $1 million project to build a new theater.

Plans for a new Dakota Wesleyan facility include a black box theater, classrooms, and faculty offices. Lori Essig is the vice president of marketing and communications at Dakota Wesleyan. She says the new theater will replace one of the oldest buildings on campus.


The 60th annual State One Act Play Festival took place at O’Gorman High School in Sioux Falls over the weekend. It began on Thursday and concluded on Saturday with an awards ceremony. Forty-four schools from around South Dakota performed at the event.

More than 200 films have featured Count Dracula of Transylvania in the title role. The cultural fascination continues when the Washington Pavilion brings a radio theater adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula to Sioux Falls.

Theater and television actor Graham Outerbridge plays Arthur Holmwood in the production. He talks about the dramatic challenges of radio theater, the precision and imagination of foley artists, and why blood-sucking garlic-eaters have stood the test of time in our collective imagination.


Dr. Larry Schou, Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion remembers his friend "Doc".  Distinguished Professor Emeritus Wayne S. “Doc” Knutson, whose influence on theater and the arts spans from the University of South Dakota to the Black Hills, died late Monday at age 89.  Knutson, who taught and held several leadership roles at USD over 35 years, entered hospice care in early November due to heart trouble.

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After staging comedies for its first two productions, the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival is bringing one of the Bard’s darkest tragedies to Prentis Park in Vermillion June 11 through June 14.

Macbeth is a story of political ambition and quest for power for its own sake. After receiving a prophecy from a trio of witches and being spurred to action by his wife, Scottish general Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the throne. But he’s racked with guilt and paranoia as he and Lady Macbeth descend into madness.

Prairie Repertory Theatre

Prairie Repertory Theatre opens its 45th season on Wednesday with the doo-wop musical, The Marvelous Wonderettes. Other productions this summer include Boeing, Boeing, Dial ‘M’ for Murder and The Sound of Music.

Prairie Repertory Theatre is based at South Dakota State University in Brookings and its mission is to provide outstanding training for student company members and the best possible entertainment for audiences in Brookings and the Brandon Valley Performing Arts Center.

Black Hills Playhouse

The two-man show, A Couple of Blaguards, is based on the real-life adventures of brothers Frank and Malachy McCourt. It takes them from an impoverished childhood in Limerick, Ireland to their immigration to Brooklyn in the 1950s. The play is a comedic remembrance based in the Irish storytelling tradition, but it also has a poignant edge.

Located in Custer State Park at the site of an old Civilian Conservation Corp camp, the Black Hills Playhouse brings artists from all over the nation to create theater productions for residents and people visiting the Black Hills, and educational experiences for students of theater.

The playhouse is affiliated with the University of South Dakota and is one of the oldest summer stock theaters in the nation. Each summer four to six plays are offered covering musicals, drama, and comedies during 72 performances Tuesdays through Sundays.

The Black Hills Travelin' Medicine Show

Nov 13, 2014

The Black Hills Travelin' Medicine Show is Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish.  They variety show "with attitude" features well-knows South Dakota entertainers Gordy Pratt, Kenny Putnam and Paul Larson along with Markie Scholz of Dragons Are Too Seldom Puppet Productions and Sue Hey and Leonard Running of Butterfly Puppet Theatre.  The performers joined Dakota Midday from SDPB's Rapid City studio to give listeners a flavor of the show.

The coyote is a familiar mischievous trickster figure in the folklore of Native Americans, including the Lakota people. John Kauffman’s one-act play, According to Coyote, features stories in which Coyote swindles a rock over a gift, steals fire for the benefit of humanity and howls in yearning for a star in the sky.

Flutter Productions

The goal of Flutter Productions is to challenge the perception of people with disabilities through theater and contemporary dance. The company works with organizations to create original works for people of mixed abilities and ages.

Photo by Joleen Zoller

The “Passage of Wind and Water” sculpture project at Rapid City’s Main Street Square is having an impact on diverse sections of the Black Hills community – from local students to area and regional artists. We visited the Rapid City Performing Arts Center recently for a cross-artistic theater presentation featuring modern dance, film, poetry, and music inspired by the largest privately-funded art project in the country.

Black Hills Playhouse Previews Summer 2014 Season

May 29, 2014
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The Black Hills Playhouse is one of the oldest continuously operating summer stock theaters in the nation. Every summer the playhouse brings artists from all over the nation to create theater productions for residents and people visiting the Black Hills, and educational experiences for students of theatre. The playhouse will present a sneak peak review of the 2014 season on Saturday with the Tatanka Teaser at 2pm and 7:30 pm.

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The small Danish community of Viborg is holding a grand re-opening on Sunday afternoon for its one-hundred year old movie theater. The Lund Theater is the oldest running theater in South Dakota along with being listed on the Historic Register. Here's more on this historic building and the efforts to keep it open for future generations.


The Conclusion Of The Drive-In Era

Aug 15, 2013

The late 1950’s and early 1960’s were the golden years for drive-in movie theaters across the country. During that time about 4,000 outdoor theaters brought Mad men, Godzilla, and Ben Hur to the big screen. The number of drive-ins have been in a steady decline to about 350 now. And at the end of the summer comes the permanent closing of Mitchell’s Starlite Drive-In theater. SDPB’s Kathleen Serie has the story on the end of the drive-in era.