This July Black Hills State University will open the doors on the premiere season of its summer theatre program at the Historic Homestake Opera House in Lead.

During this first season, the troupe, known as the Black Hills State Players, will present the family-friendly musical “Godspell.” Performances will be held every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from Friday, July 13 through Sunday, Aug. 12.


Black Hills State University will premiere its summer theatre program this July. During their first-ever season, the Black Hills State Players will give performances of the musical Godspell Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout July and August. Cast members include back row (from left to right) Jared McDaris, senior English major from Spearfish, playing the role of John the Baptist and Judas; Debra Iverson, sophomore speech communications major from Bowman, N.D., costume designer; Tammie Foley, junior speech communications major from Rapid City; Tyler Raad, freshman biology major from Spearfish, playing the role of Jesus; Ian Vytlacil, junior mass communications major from Box Elder; Casey Hibbert, sophomore speech communications major from Spearfish; Jared Hall, senior speech communications major from Gettysburg, set construction; Andrew Rexroad, freshman speech communications major from Rapid City, stage manager; and front row (from left to right) Mary McGillivray, junior vocal music major from Sheridan, Wyo.; Amy Daiss, junior instrumental music major from Hill City; Jessica Juhrend, freshman from Spearfish; Katie Severns, senior vocal music major from Rapid City; and Michael Hollinger, sophomore speech communications major from Spearfish.

According to Bert Juhrend, theatre professor and director of the BHSU theatre program, the production is not only providing another venue for culture and entertainment to the Black Hills community, it is also giving BHSU students the experience of working in a professional theatre company. The “Godspell” cast includes 10 actors from the recent BHSU production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Four additional students will work as costume designers and set technicians for the production. Also involved in the show are retired BHSU music professor Steve Parker and his wife, Celeste, who will be directing the music and choreography.

“The students are extremely excited about the chance to be involved in a professional theatre production,” Juhrend said. “It is an excellent opportunity for them to work with other theatre professionals and learn hands-on what is involved in developing and presenting a production like this.”

Plans are currently being made for a black tie opening night gala celebration. The opening night performance will include a pre-production gala, beginning at 6:30 p.m., featuring refreshments and a post-production gathering to meet the cast members. Reservations are recommended. Admission is $25 per person for the opening night celebration. Other performances are $15 per person. To reserve tickets, contact the Historic Homestake Opera House at 605-584-2067 or Blue Dog Framers at 605-717-0003. Tickets will also be available at the Opera House ticket booth the day of the performance.

The summer performance schedule follows:

  • Friday, July 13 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 14 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 15 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Friday, July 20 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 21 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 22 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Friday, July 27 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 28 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 29 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 3 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 4 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 5 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 10 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 11 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 12 - 2:30 p.m.