The Black Hills State University Theatre Department will take the stage Nov. 10 and Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. for their production of the comedy “Drop Dead!”  

Performances will be held in the Black Box Theatre on the third floor of Woodburn Hall. Tickets can be purchased at the door one hour before each performance. Prices are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $10 for children, and free for BHSU students, faculty, and staff. The show deals with mature subject materials that may not be suitable for young audiences.  

Written by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore, the comedic play-within-a-play follows a group of has-been actors as they plan to revive their careers in a murder mystery. At the dress rehearsal, the set falls apart, props break, and the producer and an actor are murdered. During opening night, the murders continue, and it is up to the remaining actors to solve the mystery, stay alive, and save their careers. 

Show director Casey Hibbert said, “Zandt and Milmore are two of the greatest Farce writers in theatre. They have a knack for hilarious chaos, and if you love to laugh, and if you love murder mysteries, you will for sure want to see this show. Everything that could go wrong in theatre happens in this show.”  

The performance will feature BHSU students JayJay Fields as Chaz Looney, Lydia Derkson as Candy Apples, Dongho Ahn as Dick Scorsese, Logan Culhane as Mona Monet, Evan Jones as Victor Le Pewe, Kyle Benjamin as P.G. “Piggy” Banks, Gabe Jordan as Philip, Julia Wilson as Constance Crawford, Olivia Akin as Alabama Miller, and Noah Westergaard as Brent Reynolds.  

Westergaard said, “I’ve loved getting to spend time in rehearsals with the funny and talented cast by my side. This show has stretched me as an actor, but I have really loved the challenge to bring my character to stage.”  

“These students are wicked talented, and I am so grateful that they are in this show,” Hibbert added. “Come support these students as they endeavor into one of the greatest forms of art.”  

For more information, contact Casey Hibbert at