BHSU Summer Stage performances secheduled for June with two comedies and an old-style musical

Author: BHSU Communications/Tuesday, May 10, 2016/Categories: 2016

Black Hills State University announces the Summer Stage 2016 lineup set to hit the stage in June with two comedies and a musical. Cast and crew of BHSU Summer Stage 2016 include (l to r) bottom row: James D. (JD) Schroeder, Kyle Graves, Logan Sulentic, Rachel Howard top row: Kayla O'Neal, Tarina Nye, Kassandra Blue, Simon Fiske, Mitch Foth. Not pictured: Matthew Adair, Miles Amende, Zade Dohman, Melissa Mason, Nick Nettle, Francesca Romano, and Shonee Singer.

Two comedies and an old-style musical arrive at Black Hills State University next month for Summer Stage 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

In June, the new Black Box Theatre in Woodburn Hall on the BHSU campus will come alive with a family comedy "Don't Drink the Water," a fast-paced musical farce "A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum," and the family musical "Playing Doctor."

Bert Juhrend, professor of theatre at BHSU and the producer of the summer plays, says BHSU Summer Stage is a decade-long Black Hills tradition that has grown through the years and proven to be a delight for attendees and an exceptional learning opportunity for participants.

"Student actors build sets, rehearse and perform providing a true professional theatre experience for the students and audience members," adds Juhrend.

Throughout June performances will be held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. as well as a Sunday afternoon performance at 2:30 p.m.  Discounted tickets are available at the Jacket Zone in downtown Spearfish.

The season opens with "Don't Drink the Water" June 2, 3, 4 at 7:30 p.m. and June 5 at 2:30 p.m. Woody Allen's first professionally produced play was described as being "near the hit line," "one big overfed American folk joke" and "a very funny situation comedy" among critics. In this comedy, the audience learns about the story of how the Hollander family, trapped and under suspicion of espionage behind the Iron Curtain, finds true love, adventure and a way back to the catering business.

The second show, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" will run for two weeks June 9, 10, 11 at 7:30 p.m. and June 12 at 2:30 p.m. and June 16, 17, 18 at 7:30 p.m. and June 19 at 2:30 p.m. This musical with lyrics tells the story of Pseudolus, a slave who attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master win over the heart of the beautiful virgin Phelia. Farce, puns, the slamming of doors, cases of mistaken identity (frequently involving characters disguising themselves as one another), and satirical comments on social class abound in this old-style musical.

The third show, "Playing Doctor" wraps up the Summer Stage series running June 23, 24, 25 at 7:30 p.m. and June 26 at 2:30 p.m. The comedy follows the tragic comedic downfall of Rob Brewster, a failed writer, whose parents so desperately want him to become a doctor. An ill-fated visit from Rob's parents prompts Rob to "play doctor," which leads to a series of comic events and impersonations.

The cast and crew of Summer Stage 2016 includes:
  • Matthew Adair, BHSU alumni, music major from Sheridan, Wyo.
  • Miles Amende, high school student from Belle Fourche
  • Kassandra Blue, speech communication and English major from Rapid City
  • Zade Dohman, high school student from Spearfish
  • Simon Fiske, speech communication education major from Spearfish
  • Mitch Foth, BHSU alumni, English composite major from Onida
  • Kyle Graves, mass communication major from Rapid City
  • Rachel Howard, Minnesota State University student from Mankato, Minn.
  • Melissa Mason, English major from Rapid City
  • Nick Nettle, speech communication major from Rapid City
  • Tarina Nye, elementary education major from Spearfish
  • Kayla O'Neal, graphic design communication major from Ord, Neb.
  • Francesca Romano, sociology major from Upton, Wyo.
  • James D. Schroeder (JD), communication and theatre major from Yorktown, Texas
  • Shonee Singer, education and speech communication major from Spearfish
  • Logan Sulentic, former BHSU student
Tickets are available now online, by calling 605-642-6171 or at the Jacket Zone in downtown Spearfish. Senior, student, children and special Season Ticket rates are available. All performances are in the Black Box Theatre in Woodburn Hall, third floor, on the BHSU campus. The theatre is air-conditioned and handicapped accessible. Get directions.

BHSU theatre students will also perform at The Matthews Opera House during the month of July when they collaborate to present "The Phantom of The Matthews Opera House." The play will run every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. starting July 5 through Aug. 3. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit

For more information about Summer Stage 2016 contact Juhrend at 605-642-6268 or email

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