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We’re Hiring! – Part Time Administrative Assistant

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The Sioux Empire Community Theatre is hiring a PT Administrative Assistant. The Administrative Assistant will work closely with the Executive Director and provide administrative support. This is primarily a remote position with a flexible schedule ranging from 20-25 hours per week. Some in-person work may be required.

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February Newsletter

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Come see our next great show in a safe environment!!

Patron testimonials:

“Go! They need your support AND they have put a Covid plan in place for your safety.  We were not sitting by anyone, no intermission, walking out by social distancing.  Good job, playhouse.  AND the actors did a phenomenal job!!!”

-Cathy Anderson

“Thank you for your live performance last night of “It’s a Wonderful Life”.  It brought a great feeling of normalcy to our lives once again to be at live theatre.  Your precautions for covid were exemplary and for that we say thank you!  To the cast, the behind-the-scene crew, and volunteers, you all did an awesome job!”

-Thank you, Ken and Cheryl Walter

THE ODD COUPLE – FEMALE VERSION
by Neil Simon

Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon’s hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same.

Sioux Empire Community Theatre presents
The Odd Couple, Female Version

March 4-6 & 11-13 | 7 p.m.
March 7 & 14 | 2 p.m.

Orpheum Theater Center
Purchase tickets here.

Up next after The Odd Couple, Female Version in March will be Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in April/May and Footloose in June.

Tickets to all three shows are available online, by calling 605-367-6000 or by visiting the Washing Pavilion Box Office.

Beauty And The Beast Auditions Open!

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Update 2/22/21 – Auditions Are Now Closed.

We have a thorough COVID plan that will be in place for auditions, rehearsals and performances to protect cast, crew and audiences. Social distancing and masks will be mandatory at auditions, rehearsals, backstage and performances. Face shields have been purchased for these rehearsals and performances.

DIRECTOR: TYLER RAEHSLER

MUSICAL DIRECTOR: CLAY ACKERMAN

AUDITIONS:

WHEN: Tuesday, February 16th, 6-9pm AND Wednesday, February 17th,  6-9pm

WHERE: ORPHEUM CLASSROOM

***Please DO NOT USE THE MAIN THEATRE ENTRANCE***

Use the double doors off of the street to enter directly into the Orpheum classroom.  Entrance will be clearly marked on the doors where to enter.

*PLEASE FILL OUT AN APPLICATION ONLINE HERE.

*PLEASE SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION TIME AND DATE HERE.

SHOW SINOPSIS:

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

CASTING:

Due to COVID, this show will be double cast-not as understudies.  Everyone who is cast will have the opportunity to perform.  When one case is performing onstage, the other cast will give choral support and occasional sound effects from the stage side boxes and sides of the balcony. 

PREPARATION FOR AUDITIONS:

*This will be a cold read and singing audition

*Bring your own Disney song and your own music through a phone recording or through bluetooth.  Accompaniment available if needed.

PERFORMANCES:

*Show will run from April 22nd through May 2nd

*Rehearsals will start on March 4th

There are 8 performances of this show:

Thursday, April 22nd, 7pm.

Friday, April 23rd, 7pm.

Saturday, April 24th, 7pm.

Sunday, April 25th, 2pm.

Thursday, April 29th, 7pm.

Friday, April 30th, 7pm.

Saturday, May 1st, 7pm.

Sunday, May 2nd, 2pm.

*Script and Licensing exclusively through Disney.

Show Change – Important Announcement!

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Hope you all had a chance to see our Season 18 opener, It’s A Wonderful Life – a high quality production, awesome cast and great holiday show that left many with a tear in their eye and a smile on their face.  Congratulations to our Sioux Empire Community Theatre (SECT) family – cast, crew and staff who gave of their time and many talents to bring some joy to this difficult time.

Our first show in 9 months was a success on so many accounts.  We set a live performance community standard for COVID safety through social distanced seating, mandatory mask wearing and a controlled process of entry and exit to and from the theater.  We kept our cast and crew safe during auditions, rehearsals and performances deploying many of the same protocols.  We demonstrated the ‘show’ could go on by taking all the CDC recommendations seriously.  SECT is back!

One of the reasons our season opener was so successful is that the cast was small, less than 10 people.  We were able to socially distance them during rehearsals and on stage during the performances. We this in mind, the SECT board of directors in consultation with our Executive Director, Robin Byrne and staff, have made what we believe is a responsible decision – to replace our next show The Music Man with its large cast and crew with The Odd Couple (Female Version), a much smaller production.  

This updated Neil Simon classic offers a new take – instead of Felix and Oscar, meet Florence and Olive.

Synopsis:

Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon’s hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same.

We believe this reduction of required cast members and crew to produce The Odd Couple, will enable us to continue to manage the necessary safety protocols much more effectively and ensure that we repeat the success of It’s A Wonderful Life.

On behalf of the Sioux Empire Community Theatre Board of Directors, staff and volunteers – it is our sincere hope that you and loved ones have a healthy and joyous holiday season.

Rick Weiland

President

SECT Board of Directors

The Odd Couple, Female Version Auditions Open!

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Update 1/18/2021: Auditions Are Now Closed

We have a thorough COVID plan that will be in place for auditions, rehearsals and performances to protect cast, crew and audiences. Social distancing and masks will be mandatory at auditions, rehearsals, backstage and performances. Perspex face shields have been purchased for these rehearsals and performances.

Director: Debbi Jones

Audition Dates: January 4th & 5th, 2021, 7 pm

Audition Location: Orpheum Theater, Zabel

*Please Fill Out An Application Form Here: Audition Form

*Please Sign Up For An Audition Date Here: Audition Date

Show Synopsis: Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon’s hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same.

A sample of the script may be found here.

Casting: (Due to COVID, this show will be double cast – not as understudies. Everyone who is cast will have the opportunity to perform.)

  • 8 Roles: Sylvie, Mickey, Renee, Vera, Olive Madison, Florence Unger, Manolo Costazuela, Jesus Costazuela

PREPARATION FOR AUDITIONS:

  • No preparation necessary! 

PERFORMANCES

There are 8 performances of this show.

Thursday, March 4th, 7pm

Friday, March 5th, 7pm

Saturday, March 6th, 7pm

Sunday, March 7th, 2pm

Thursday, March 11th, 7pm

Friday, March 12th, 7pm

Saturday, March 13th, 7pm

Sunday, March 14th, 2pm

Meet the Director: Debbi Jones is an actor, director and choreographer in Sioux Falls, SD. She graduated with degrees in Communication Studies and Theatre and English from the University of Sioux Falls and studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NYC. She has performed with several regional theatre companies in Minnesota and South Dakota including Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Bare Bodkins Shakespeare Company, Goodnight Theatre Collective, Ephemeral Productions, and Prairie Repertory Theatre and is a founding member of Improv Falls. She is the Executive Director of Monstrous Little Theatre Company which aims to produce professional, contemporary drama to explore societal issues and human nature and she works full time helping to train the next generation of young performers at the Dakota Academy of Performing Arts. Her most recent directorial credits include the award winning production of LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE with Broad Cast Theatre, A GIRL NAMED DESTINY with Monstrous Little Theatre Company and ARISTOCATS KIDS with the Dakota Academy of Performing Arts.

*Script and Licensing available exclusively through Concord Theatricals.*

Patron’s Guide To Attending A Theatre During A Pandemic

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Under consultation with 3M Company logistics professionals, Sioux Empire Community Theatre rethought the patron experience to keep everyone as safe as possible. Here’s what to expect when you arrive:

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Offer!

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Kick off the holiday season with It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play, our first show in Season 18!

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

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Get $25 tickets with the promo code WONDERFUL when you shop right now.

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Bundle It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play with other great shows and save by subscribing to our four-show package along with The Music ManDisney’s Beauty and the Beast and Footloose.

November Newsletter

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The Show Goes On!!! 

It’s been 9 months since we last performed a live stage show and although we have been dark throughout that period, we have managed to keep our audience and volunteers engaged through the many radio plays that we have produced. If you did not get the opportunity to listen to any of those shows, visit www.siouxfallstheatre.com and you will find them there free of charge for your entertainment. 

We open our Season on December 3rd with It’s A Wonderful Life and we sincerely hope that you will buy tickets, come along to see the show and join

in the Christmas spirit. With your safety in mind, we have implemented an extremely strict COVID plan that incorporates social distanced seating and mandatory mask wearing. Many thanks to 3M in Brookings for their assistance in planning your entrance and exit to and from the auditorium. They have applied their workflow expertise to audience-flow, and we believe that this approach will help to maintain social distancing while you are here as our guests. Please always wear your masks when you are not eating or drinking and follow the instructions of the ushers when it’s time to leave the Theatre. We cannot give guarantees, but we have implemented strict protocols to mitigate the risk, and we thank you in advance for supporting community theatre.

The show is a stage production of a live radio play set in a 1940’s radio studio. You will be a member of the live radio audience as our cast bring to life the heartwarming story of the famous Frank Capra movie. The movie stars Jimmy Stewart as he struggles to make sense of his life before coming to the realization that we all have a purpose, and love and friendship have a value that money cannot buy. 

Finally, many thanks to our Sponsors Sanford Health and First National Ba

nk for their financial support in times when every non-profit organization is looking for philanthropic support. Thank you also to Culver’s for their financial support of our in-play radio advertising. Without the help of local businesses such as these, we would struggle to produce the high standard of theatre that we have become known for.

Please help us to spread the word that we are open for business and encourage others to come and see the show! Kick off the holiday season with a Wonderful family night out. 

Wishing you all a healthy and Happy Christmas from the Sioux 

Empire Community Theatre. 

Robin Byrne 

 

Welcoming Our New Board Members!

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Sioux Empire Community Theatre is very pleased and proud to announce four new volunteers joining our Board!

We welcome Dr. Fernando Bula-Rudas–an infectious disease specialist with Sanford who will be overseeing our Covid-19 Safety plan. He is joined by Korena Keys–a key marketer and heartfelt volunteer in our community, Thomas Kapusta–a retired local chief legal officer, and Kevin Cole–USF Professor of Literature and playwright.

We enthusiastically look forward to working alongside all of these new directors as each one brings talent and tremendous experience to the Board.

We would like to thank our retiring directors Ray Gonzales and Yannick Laroche for their excellent service throughout Seasons 16 and 17.

We would also like to thank our community for the overwhelming response of support shown through our application process.

We are so appreciative and grateful for all of the support and we encourage each one of you to get involved with our organization. There are a lot of volunteer opportunities and we have a great Season 18 lineup kicking off with It’s Wonderful Life in December.