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For years, Black Hills State University theatre students have been providing a venue for culture and entertainment to the Black Hills community with their Summer Stage performances.  This year marks Summer Stage’s eighth season with a lineup that includes two comedies and a well-known musical.

For years, Black Hills State University theatre students have been providing a venue for culture and entertainment to the Black Hills community with their Summer Stage performances.  This year marks Summer Stage’s eighth season with a lineup that includes two comedies and a well-known musical.

With the season kicking off in June, cast members are already preparing for the upcoming June performances. The plays are chosen and directed by Bert Juhrend, BHSU associate professor of theatre; however, the students do everything else from lighting and set design to acting and promotions.

The season opens with Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple June 5, 6, and 7 at 7:30 p.m. and June 8 at 2:30 p.m. Based on the same story line as the original comedy, this female version of The Odd Couple 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.

The second show, Oliver! a musical based on Charles Dickens’ novel “Oliver Twist,” will run for two weeks June 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and June 15 and 22 at 2:30 p.m.  Dickens’ timeless characters and ever-popular story of the boy who asked for more is brought to life with music and lyrics by Lionel Bart. The 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. The musical includes performances by area elementary, middle and high school children.  

Moon Over Buffalo by Ken Ludwig, the author of last summer’s hysterical season opening The Fox on the Fairway, wraps up the Summer Stage season June 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 p.m. and June 29 at 2:30 p.m. Ludwig continues in his hectic comic tradition with this play that 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.

All performances will be in the Pangburn Theatre, reservations are recommended. To make reservations or 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.