Summer Stage - The Best Kept Secret in the Black Hills

Directions to BHSU Summer Stage

All performances are held in the new Black Box Theatre on the 3rd floor of Woodburn Hall.

Take W Jackson Blvd to Jonas Blvd, Jonas Blvd to Yellow Jacket Ln, Yellow Jacket Ln to the Faculty Parking Lot. The cart will pick you up there or follow the yellow curb sidewalk to Woodburn. The Black Box is on the 3rd floor.


Summer Stage 2017

Performing in the NEW Woodburn Black Box Theatre


June 1-3 at 7:30 PM & June 4 at 2:30 PM

Written by Ken Ludwig

The play focuses on two English Shakespearean actors Jack and Leo who find their careers in a rut. When Leo finds an article in the newspaper that a dying woman in York, Pennsylvania wants to leave her fortune to her two long-lost English family members, the actors decide to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives to get the inheritance. Hilarity ensues when the two missing relatives are in fact nieces and not nephews leaving Jack and Leo to put on their best performance yet, disguising themselves undercover in drag.


June 8-10 at 7:30 PM & June 11 at 2:30 PM
June 15-17 at 7:30 PM and June 18 at 2:30 PM

Playwrights: Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, & Marshal Barer

Music: Mary Rodgers

Lyricist: Marshall Barer

After a curse that leaves King Sextimus mute, Queen Aggravain takes control of the kingdom. She wants to keep her son Prince Dauntless single and had declared that only the Prince Dauntless does. This is troublesome for Lady Larken and Sir Harry because Lady Larken in now pregnant. Luckily Prince Dauntless meets Winnifred the Woebegone, a feisty and out-spoken princess from the swamp lands. If Winnifred can pass the Queen's test, then perhaps the Kingdom can marry once again.


June 22-24 at 7:30 PM & June 25 at 2:30

Written/Adapted by Patrick Barlow

Adapted from the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock, this fast-paced whodunit is sure to entertain all audiences. Our story follows a man with a boring life, Richard Hannay, who's life suddenly gets much more interesting when a woman tells him that she's a secret agent. It's not long until she's suddenly murdered leaving a mysterious organization called the 39 Steps pursuing Richard Hanny on a nationwide manhunt that ends with a grand finale.


Also view our Past Performances!

Summer Stage 2014


June 5-6-7 at 7:30 PM & June 8 at 2:30 PM

by Neil Simon Based on the same story line as the original comedy, this female version of The Odd Couple by Neil Simon follows two leading ladies into a night of Trivial Pursuit with their girlfriends. Hilarity remains the same as the original featuring an uptight, neat-freak roommate, and the careless slob she lives with.


June 12-13-14 & 19-20-21 at 7:30 PM June 15 and 22 at 2:30 PM

Book, music, and lyrics by Lionel Bart A musical based on Charles Dickens' novel "Oliver Twist." Lionel Bart brings to life Dickens' timeless characters and the ever-popular story of the boy who asked for more. This magnificent score includes Food Glorious Food, Consider Yourself, You've Got to Pick-a-Pocket or Two, As Long As He Needs Me and many more.


June 26-27-28 at 7:30 PM & June 29 at 2:30 PM

by Ken Ludwig Author of last summer's hysterical season opener, The Fox on the Fairway, Ken Ludwig continues in his hectic comic tradition with Moon Over Buffalo. The play follows George and Charlotte Hay, two fading actors that are on the brink of a disastrous split-up, until word is received that they might have one last shot at stardom. George and Charlotte have their work cut out for them when hilarious mishaps ensue and they start to question which play they are actually performing!

2012 Summer Stage Shows:


A comic play written by Noël Coward

The play concerns the socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira, after the séance. Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles's marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost.


Book and Lyrics by Chris Blackwood and Music by Piers Chater Robinson

From the creator of Peter Pan the Musical this new show by composer Piers Chater Robinson has been brilliantly adapted by Chris Blackwood from the classic novel by Lewis Carroll. With a cast of wonderful, eccentric characters and 12 glorious songs your cast members will be challenged and thrilled and your audience will be entertained and moved.


A comedy by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore

Fed up with political and religious scandals? This comedy revolves around the failing presidential campaign of "Honest" Gabby Sandalson, a regular guy whose integrity has all but crippled his bid for the White House. His sleazy campaign manager trumps up an implausible sex scandal to garner votes, a scheme that gloriously backfires.

2011 Summer Stage Shows:

LOVE, SEX, AND THE IRS A comedy by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore

With twists of fate, mistaken identities and hilarious comic lines, Love, Sex and the IRS is a wild farce about unemployed musicians Jon and Leslie, who room together in New York City. Jon has been filing tax returns listing the pair as married, and the IRS decides to investigate the "couple".  Leslie masquerades as a housewife, aided by Jon's fiancee, Kate. Complicating matters further Leslie and Kate are having an affair, Jon's mother drops in to meet Kate, and Leslie's ex-girlfriend shows up. 

PETER PAN A musical by Piers Chater Robinson

Peter Pan, like its namesake, is a tale which never ages. Children and adults have fallen under the spell of Neverland, a place where children can fly and exiting adventures happen every day. In 1985 Piers Chater Robinson adapted J.M. Barrie's book for the stage. His innovative Peter Pan musical score is well known and loved, performed by ever-popular characters Peter Pan, Wendy, John, Michael, the dastardly Captain Hook and his sidekick Smee, and, of course, that scary crocodile. 

POSTMORTEM A Murder Mystery by Ken Ludwig

This clever thriller delights with all the classic murder mystery devices: shots in the dark, darkly held secrets, deathbed letters, bottles bashed over the head, ghosts and hiders behind curtains, and misbegotten suspicions. Someone is trying to murder intrepid, eccentric actor William Gillette, best known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, and he plans to solve the case himself. This is a whodunit mystery packed with suspects and tinged with suspense and laughter. 

Ticket and other admission information:

Adults $15
Seniors $13
Students $10
Ages 17 and under $7

Adults $35
Seniors $20
Students $20
Children $20

Purchase tickets online
Or reserve seats by calling 605.642.6171, or by emailing:

Tickets are also available at the Spearfish Downtown Jacket Zone.

All performances will be in the new Black Box Theatre in Woodburn Hall on campus.
The theatre is air-conditioned and handicapped accessible. Download a campus map.

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Group Rate Savings

General Admission Tickets:

Groups of 10-20: $12 each 
(15% savings per ticket)
Groups of 20+: $10 each
(29% savings per ticket)

Senior (55+) Admission Tickets:

Groups of 10-20: $10 each
(17% savings per ticket)
Groups of 20+: $8 each
(34% savings per ticket)

**Student and Child Ticket Prices do not change**