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Black Hills State University will present the sixth season of Summer Stage beginning Thursday, July 5. Productions this season include two comedies and a musical.
Black Hills State University has announced the schedule for the sixth season of Summer Stage. Productions this season include two comedies and a musical, which will be presented throughout the month of July.

The season kicks off with Blithe Spirit, a comedy by Noel Coward, July 5, 6, and 7 at 7:30 p.m.  and July 8 at 2:30 p.m.  A smash comedy hit on the London and Broadway stages, this much-revived classic from the playwright of Private Lives offers up fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, remarried but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira, who is called up by visiting “happy medium” Madame Arcati.  As the (worldly and unworldly) personalities clash, Charles’ current wife Ruth is accidentally killed, joining Elvira, and the two “blithe spirits” haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity.

Through the Looking Glass, the musical by Chris Blackwood and Piers Chater Robinson, will run for two weeks beginning July 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and July 15 and 22 at 2:30 p.m. From the creator of last year’s sold out hit, 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. Join Alice as she meets eccentric characters - the Red Queen, White Knight, Humpty Dumpty, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, and many more - in the land through the looking glass. You will be entertained and moved by 12 glorious songs in this magical land.

The Senator Wore Pantyhose, a comedy by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore, will wrap up the season, July 26, 27, and 28 at 7:30 p.m. and July 29 at 2:30 p.m. Seething 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 scandal to garner votes, a scheme that gloriously backfires.

All performances will be in the Pangburn Laboratory Theatre, reservations are recommended. To make reservations or to learn more visit www.BHSU.edu/Theatre, call 605.642.6171, or email Summer.Stage@BHSU.edu. Ticket prices are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $9 for students, and $6 for ages 17 and under.