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We’re Hiring! – Part Time Administrative Assistant

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*Update – This Position Has Been Filled

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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We’re Hiring! Bookkeeper

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The Sioux Empire Community Theatre is looking for a new Bookkeeper!

As our bookkeeper, your job duties will include:

  • Accounts Receivable
  • Accounts Payable
  • Payroll
  • Budgeting
  • Reconciliation of bank statements
  • Creating financial reports and presenting financials at the monthly board meeting
  • Oversee other various administrative and Human Resource processes
  • Maintain new hire and employment files

Required qualifications for this job:

  • Accounting / bookkeeping experience
  • Experience with Quickbooks Online
  • Strong skills with Google Docs
  • Highly organized / detail oriented individual with strong follow through skills

Benefits:

  • Pay: $15.00 – $20.00 per hour
  • Hours per week varies, approximately 5-10 hours.
  • This is a work from home position

Email your resume to [email protected]

Footloose Auditions Are Open!

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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.

WHEN:

  • Tuesday, April 13th, 6:00 -9:00 pm
  • Wednesday, April 14,  6:00 -9:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 17, 10:00am – 12:00pm

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 SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION TIME AND DATE HERE.

PREPARATION FOR AUDITIONS:

*Each audition slot is for one hour, please plan on being there the full hour. Thank you!

PERFORMANCES:

*Show will run from June 17th through June 27th

There are 10 performances of this show:

  • Thursday, June 17 (7:00 pm)
  • Friday, June 18 (7:00 pm)
  • Saturday, Jun 19 (7:00 pm)
  • Thursday, June 24 (7:00 pm)
  • Friday, June 25 (7:00 pm)
  • Saturday, Jun 26 (7:00 pm)
  • Saturday, June 19 (2:00 pm)
  • Sunday, June 20 (2:00 pm)
  • Saturday, June 26 (2:00 pm)
  • Sunday, June 27 (2:00 pm)

We’re Hiring! – Education Coordinator

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Contracted Position:

Education Coordinator of Youth and Penguin Project

Reports to:

Executive Director

Compensation:

Proposed – $1500 a month for up to 25 hours a week with further potential expansion of movement to a Full-Time Position with compensation 2500/month

Position Summary:

The position is responsible to provide creative leadership, planning, and implementation of all education camps, youth programs, youth productions, and the Penguin Project.

Education and Experience:

Qualified applicants will have the following:

  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience and background working in at least 2 areas of theatrical productions.
  • 1-2 years of Post-Secondary education within the field of fine arts or education preferred.
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience working with individuals with disabilities.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong leadership skills and a commitment to theater education.
  • Genuine passion for and knowledge working with individuals with disabilities.
  • Genuine passion for and knowledge of the importance of arts education for youth.
  • Artistic appreciation and understanding of the Sioux Empire Community Theatre mission.
  • Strong strategic and analytical skills, with the ability to interpret information quickly and accurately and to implement directives.
  • Strong organizational skills including the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Technological competence to use computers, software, and social media.
  • Ability to effectively work as a member and leader in a team environment.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • High level of organizational skills.
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to develop and implement theatre arts activities for youth and individuals with disabilities.
  • Ability to supervise and provide effective feedback to youth and staff.
  • Ability to provide high level of artistic integrity and quality for projects.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work in coordination with the SECT Director to facilitate the performing arts production staff for Youth and Penguin Project productions, camps, and classes.
  • Coordinate Youth and Penguin Project productions, camps, and classes.
  • Serve as the liaison to the community for youth and Penguin Project activities.
  • Work with the SECT Director, Liaison from the Penguin Project, and the Board of Directors to communicate goals of the project to local schools and organizations.
  • Works with the Director to coordinate marketing for projects.
  • Secure rehearsal space.
  • Coordinate and support enrollment efforts for productions, camps, and classes.
  • Ensure the camp environment is appropriate, safe, humane, inclusive, and respectful.
  • Ensure the youth and Penguin Project productions, camps, and classes deliver excellence in programmatic integrity.
  • Participate in education committee meetings and board meetings as requested.
  • Provide real time reports, project timelines, and recommendations for the continued development of Youth and Penguin Project activities.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

Work within various environments of theatre productions with moderate exposure to dust, noise, etc. Some work within an office and on the phone. Occasional travel within SE South Dakota. Extended and unusual hours during camps, classes, and productions. Ability to physically assist individuals with mobility issues.

Measures of Performance:

  • Meets goals
  • Coordination Effectiveness
  • Accuracy and Timeliness
  • Project Outcomes
  • Consumer Feedback
  • Adherence to Mission of SECT

Click Here To Apply Today!

Welcome Our New Administrative Manager!

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We are pleased to welcome our new Administrative Manager, Nadiah Abuswai, to the Sioux Empire Community Theatre team!

Nadiah graduated from the University of South Dakota, and comes to us with a background in Contemporary Media and Journalism. She has lived in Sioux Falls and has been active in the local creative community since 2016.

We look forward to working with her, and we are excited about the perspective that she will bring to the table!

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: