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BHSU announces the 2010 Summer Stage Company

Black Hills State University presents the fourth season of the Summer Stage beginning Thursday, July 8. Productions this season are Philip Barry’s Broadway hit comedy, The Philadelphia Story; The musical fable, Disney’s Geppetto and Son, by David Stern and Stephen Schwartz; and Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize winning comedy, Harvey. Returning to the Summer Stage this season are (front row, left to right) Sean Hill, freshman political science major from Spearfish; Jacob Roman, sophomore music major from Black Hawk; Jessica Juhrend, junior speech communication major from Spearfish; Halle Seyer, Spearfish middle school student who will perform in The Philadelphia Story; Ann Thompson, junior speech communication and mass communication major from Spearfish; Kayla Sanford, senior math major from Watford City, N.D.; Andrew Rexroad, senior speech communication from Douglas; Tessa Braddy, recent BHSU graduate; and Theo Schmidt, sophomore speech communication and mass communication major from Hot Springs; (back row, left to right) Debra Iverson, recent BHSU graduate; Phil Braun, senior speech communication and mass communication major from Gregory; Megan Huber, speech communication major from Belle Fourche; Ian Vytlacil, who is returning after two years of touring the United States as an actor/director with the Missoula Children’s Theatre; and Mike Boring, recent BHSU graduate. The company is under the direction of Albert Juhrend, BHSU assistant professor of theatre.

Black Hills State University presents the fourth season of the Summer Stage beginning Thursday, July 8.

Productions this season are The Philadelphia Story, Disney’s Geppetto and Son, and Harvey. All performances are family friendly.

Returning to the Summer Stage are BHSU theatre alumni Tessa Braddy, Mike Boring, Debra Iverson, and Ian Vytlacil. Braddy, Boring, and Iverson are recent BHSU graduates and Vytlacil is returning after two years of touring the United States as an actor/director with the Missoula Children’s Theatre. Completing the company are current BHSU students Phil Braun, senior speech communication and mass communication major from Gregory; Andrew Rexroad, senior speech communication from Douglas; Jacob Roman, sophomore music major from Black Hawk; Sean Hill, freshman political science major from Spearfish; Ann Thompson, junior speech communication and mass communication major from Spearfish; Kayla Sanford, senior math major from Watford City, N.D.; Jessica Juhrend, junior speech communication major from Spearfish; Theo Schmidt, sophomore speech communication and mass communication major from Hot Springs; and Megan Huber, speech communication major from Belle Fourche. The company, which is selected from the Kennedy Center of American College Theatre Festival award winners, is under the direction of Albert Juhrend, BHSU assistant professor of theatre.

The season kicks off with Philip Barry’s Broadway hit comedy, The Philadelphia Story. This classic comedy of manners finds that sometimes getting what you want means learning to let go. Performances will be held July 8, 9, and 10 at 7:30 p.m. and July 11 at 2:30 p.m.

The musical fable, Disney’s Geppetto and Son, by David Stern and Stephen Schwartz is next on the list of performances and will run for two weeks. Featuring a quirky Blue Fairy and a lively cast of eccentric characters, this family musical is heartwarming and appropriate for all ages. Performance times are July 15, 16, and 17 at 7:30 and July 18 at 2:30 p.m.; and July 22, 23, and 24 at 7:30 p.m. and July 25 at 2:30 p.m.

The season ends with Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize winning comedy, Harvey. The production features Elwood P. Dowd and his imaginary friend, Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot rabbit. After Elwood’s sister is mistakenly assumed to be on the verge of lunacy and is committed to a sanitarium instead of Elwood, his mild-mannered delusion has a strange influence on others and they realize that maybe Harvey isn’t so bad after all. Performances will be held July 29, 30, and 31 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 1 at 2:30 p.m.

All productions will be held in the historic Woodburn Hall Theatre on the BHSU campus, which now has elevator access. The Summer Stage is offering great plays at great prices and will sell tickets at the same rates at last season.

Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for students, and $5 for ages 17 and under. Groups of 10 or more are $10 per ticket.

For more information on the BHSU Summer Stage contact Juhrend at 642-6171, emailSummer.Stage@BHSU.edu or visit www.BHSU.edu/Theatre.

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