| For years, community children have debuted their talents and fine-tuned their performing skills as part of the Black Hills State University Summer Stage Youth Troupe.
For years, community children have debuted their talents and fine-tuned their performing skills as part of the Black Hills State University Summer Stage Youth Troupe.
Each year, a group of area elementary, middle and high school children take part in at least one of the BHSU Summer Stage productions. Their most recent performance was in the musical The Adventures of Mr. Toad by Piers Chater Robinson which ended its two-week run last month. The BHSU Summer Stage finished its seventh season in August with the comedy Lie, Cheat and Genuflect by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore.
BHSU students and graduates serve as role models for the young actors, some who have been performing in Summer Stage productions for five years.
“Our Youth Troupe is really hard working,” according to Hannah Kloiber, business administration and theatre major from Parker, Colo. “They are great at listening to our director and choreographer, and continue to bring the show to life. I think they enjoy getting to work with the college students, and it’s fun to see how they learn their roles and interact with us on stage.”
Spearfish middle schooler Izzy Drumm has been performing with the BHSU Summer Stage for five years. She joined with her sister, both of whom love to sing, after their parents saw a flyer advertising the performances.
“It is a lot of fun to get to know everyone in Summer Stage,” she said. “Everyone here is so nice and talented.” Drumm said her two favorite productions were The Wizard of Oz and Through the Looking Glass, the sequel to Alice in Wonderland.
Chitra McDill, Spearfish High School student, has also been performing with the Summer Stage Youth Troupe for five years. “I decided (to join) because it seemed so much fun, and I hadn’t done anything like it,” she said. “I just fell in love with it.”
Aside from Drumm and McDill, Bryce Mullaney and Jaci Mollman have been with the theatre for five seasons. Zade Dohmann, Ali Jilek, Will Evridge and Danielle Valentine have been performing for two or more years, and newcomers this season include: Brayden Cathcart, Kaylene Delahoyde, Brayden Delahoyde, Mac Fischer, Victoria Fischer, Norah Zoller, Taylor Duncan, Ann Campbell, Hanna Bjorkman, Rylyn Junek, Chloe Lerew and Alyshya Wilde.