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November Newsletter


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!


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.

Meet Joe Obermueller – Our Latest Board Member!


Joe serves the University of Sioux Falls as Associate Professor and Director of Theatre. He earned his M.F.A. in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA., where he served as an adjunct professor of acting and speech. He earned his B.A. in Theatre Arts from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Now in his 8th year at USF, Joe has produced nearly twenty-five productions and has also directed for Pepperdine University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Circle Theatre Company in Orlando, FL. Currently, Joe is a part of the Big Bridge Theatre Consortium, a group of colleges and universities developing a new play exploring interfaith issues. Other theatre departments participating in the consortium include Notre Dame, Gonzaga University, and George Fox University. While Joe spends most of his professional time at USF he still enjoys performing and has had the opportunity to do so at the annual Christmas at the Cathedral event in Sioux Falls, a production for which he also serves on the production team. Joe is pleased to be able to serve the community of Sioux Falls on the Board of Directors for the Sioux Empire Community Theatre.

October Newsletter


Executive Director’s Message

Season 18 officially gets underway this month with the auditions for It’s A Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play. We are so pleased to announce that this show is being directed by Amy Morrison. Amy has a terrific Pedigree of live theatre with a variety of groups in the area including SECT.

Our stage will be transformed into a 1940’s radio studio where actors will perform their show to you, the live theatre audience. The classic Frank Capra movie story that we are all familiar with is retold with all of the heartwarming and uplifting goodness that is a perfect Christmas tonic for us all in these difficult times.

We have put together a safety and protection plan to minimize the risk to our patrons. All seating will be socially distanced. You may sit in a group with family or friends and no one else will be seated immediately next to you. The wearing of masks is mandatory. We will open both entrances to the auditorium and those who are in possession of their tickets will enter through the old original entrance and proceed directly to the auditorium. Those buying or picking up will call tickets will use the main foyer and then proceed to the auditorium. There will not be an intermission and at the end of the show we will ask you to leave directly and wait for cast and crew in your vehicles. Our plan is being overseen by Dr Fernando Bula Rudas, an infectious disease expert with Sanford Children’s Hospital. Our patron flow in and out of the building has been designed by managers at 3M in Brookings. With our cleaning protocols in place, and the cooperation of the public, I feel that we have made going to the theatre to see a live show as safe as it can be (given that eliminating all risk is an impossibility). With your help we can set the safety standard for live entertainment here in Sioux Falls and put smiles on the faces of Sioux Empire people this Christmas.

You can purchase Season tickets from the Washington Pavilion Box Office right now for $100 plus admin fees or $75 if you already have a credit for the postponed Beauty and the Beast from last season. Individual tickets will go on sale from November 1st at $30 each plus admin fees.

Finally, I would like to thank our Board of Directors for their support and guidance over the past 7 months. Our Board is made up of volunteers who give their time freely to attend monthly meetings and roll up their sleeves in times of need. If you feel that you might be such a person, please visit our website and apply here: Board Application

It’s great to be getting things moving again. Please support us in our endeavor to bring high quality live theatre to the Orpheum stage and consider becoming a member through the purchase of Season tickets.

Best Regards,

Robin Byrne

Executive Director

SECT President’s Message

We are so excited with our lineup of shows for Season 18th. COVID-19 permitting, we are looking forward to bringing quality and affordable live theatre to the historic Orpheum Theatre in downtown Sioux Falls.

We have taken a hard look at how we can best ensure that our guests, cast, crew and staff can be safe during this challenging time and encourage you to take a look at our COVID-19 Safety Plan . We have taken CDC recommendations and researched what other community theatre organizations are doing in the region to create a ‘best practices’ approach for our upcoming season.

We just concluded auditions and announced the two casts for our season opener, It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. The Frank Capra holiday movie classic opens December 1, 2020. Celebrate the holidays with us and your family friends – not to mention George Bailey, Jake Laurent, Mary Hatch, Sally Applewhite, Freddie Fillmore, Harry “Jazzbo” Jenkins and Lana Sherwood, etc. Make sure you take advantage of our Season Ticket discount and preferred “social distance” seating.

We have learned from our outreach and research that there is hunger for live theatre in the Sioux Empire region. We hope to be able to fill that appetite with quality productions of shows you want to see in a safe environment

Thanks for all you do to support the arts and in particular, live theatre in the Sioux Empire!


Rick Weiland


Sioux Empire Community Theatre

Upcoming Events

“It’s A Wonderful Life” Casted!


Thank you to everyone who auditioned for “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.” We had a fantastic turnout, and there were some hard choices we had to make! We are excited to welcome a lot of new faces to the Sioux Empire Community Theatre stage.

This show is fully double-cast, so both actors in each role will have equal opportunities to perform.

  • George Bailey/ Jake Laurent: Drew Veurink, Beau McGregor
  • Mary Hatch/ Sally Applewhite: Emily Wilson, Amy Gage
  • Freddie Fillmore/ Announcer: Stuart Melby, Donovan Minor
  • Harry “Jazzbo” Jenkins: Clinton Store, Gavin Wigg
  • Lana Sherwood: Mo Plastow, Marisa Moser
  • Foley Operator/ “Stage Manager”: Kjerstin Smith, Madison Rimmer

A Message From President Rick Weiland


We all know that these are very uncertain times!

As our state and country continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations like ours have tried to make the most of the time getting our house in order and preparing for our next season.

We are so excited to kick off Season 18 this December – COVID-19 permitting. We will be incorporating a social distancing seating arrangement and 5 additional performances at the historic Orpheum, a mask requirement with hand sanitizer stations as well as other CDC recommendations and protocols to protect our cast, crew and staff.

Season 18 subscriptions are currently on sale to Season 17 subscribers. We encourage past subscribers to renew their subscription by calling 605-367-6000 and receive priority seating! Soon, we will be offering Season 18 subscriptions to the public so stay tuned for that opportunity.

Here is our line-up for Season 18 and your November 1st opportunity to purchase individual tickets:


With input from our season ticket subscribers and patrons, we have put together another exciting and blockbuster Season 18. Starting on December 1 – 13, 2020, we will open with the heartwarming Frank Capra holiday movie, It’s A Wonderful Life Radio Version. 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.

We follow in March 2 – 14, 2021 with the always popular, The Music Man. Follow fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band that he vows to organize – this, despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall.”

Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, we had to postpone our last show from Season 17 and will be finally bringing the Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast to the mainstage of the beautiful and historic, Orpheum Theater. “Be our guest and step into the enchanting world of this modern classic. 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.”

Our last show of our upcoming season, Footloose , story of Ren McCormack, a teenage boy from Chicago. He and his mother move to the small town of Bomont after his father abandons them. Upon arriving, Ren finds himself at odds with most of the town, including the Reverend Bomont. The Reverend has convinced the town to outlaw dancing, which Ren finds unbelievable. With the help of the Ariel (the Reverend’s daughter) and Willard (a country hick who becomes his best friend), Ren convinces the Reverend to let the teenagers dance, and in the process helps the town to heal from a tragedy that affected them all.”

The safety of our patrons, staff, cast and crew remains our number one priority and we will continue to adapt to these uncertain times as we get closer to auditions and the launch of Season 18.

Thank you for your continued support of live theatre in the Sioux Empire Community


Rick Weiland


Sioux Empire Community Theatre

September Newsletter


I’m writing this newsletter report from England where I have been for the last two weeks. I am finally out of quarantine! The enforced confinement has allowed me to attend meetings via zoom, etc. with my team, and also with the Washington Pavilion Marketing Team who is helping us with our Season 18 launch and our season ticket/membership sales.

We are looking forward to bringing It’s a Wonderful Life to the Orpheum in December to start our Season 18. The classic musical The Music Man will follow, and then at last we get to bring you Beauty and the Beast (which as you know is carried over from last season). We will end our season in June, a little later than usual, with a production of Footloose.

Season tickets are on sale for $100 for all 4 shows online and also from the Pavilion Box Office. Those who bought tickets last year for Beauty and the Beast will have a credit for Season 18 reducing your season ticket price to $75. If you wish to pay the full $100 price and consider making your existing credit of $25 a donation to the Sioux Empire Community Theatre, we would be truly grateful for your kindness and support. Simply tell the Box Office that you wish to donate.

My team and I have been heavily focused on fundraising over the past few weeks as this is
essential for us in order to keep going and fund the shows of the coming season. We are
looking for businesses or individuals to sponsor the shows, and we are looking for donations from everyone. If you can spare a few dollars then please go to our website www.siouxfallstheatre.com and make a donation via our 120 Club. We accept one time donations of any amount or you can become a 120 Club member by signing on for a monthly donation of only $10. Please consider making a donation, any amount will help make a significant impact and keep our Community Theatre accessible in the future.

Finally please join the SECT Our Mayberry Campaign. If you simply text the word PAYBERRY to 900900 you will be sent a link that will open the app in your browser and allow you to make purchases from local participating businesses. Every time you make a purchase through the app, whether in store or online, will allow those businesses to donate part of the purchase to our Community Theatre. It’s easy, it’s free and you can benefit us just by buying a cup of coffee or a cotton candy. Check out the businesses that are passionate about supporting the Sioux Empire Community Theatre and save the app to your homepage to keep regularly buying local and supporting Community Theatre.

Robin Byrne

Executive Director

August Newsletter


Check out the latest news in our AUGUST NEWSLETTER.