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“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. 

Now Hiring an Administrative Assistant


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 15 – 20 hours per week. Some in-person work may be required.


Maintain master calendar
Secure royalties
Prepare audition materials
Prepare cast agreements
Prepare crew contracts
Teacher background checks
Organize camp / class registration

Create monthly newsletter
Assist with marketing productions
Send out Mailchimp emails
Create social media content for facebook, instagram, twitter
Maintain website content via WordPress

Board of Directors
Maintain board member application
Prepare executive committee board materials
Prepare board meeting materials
Maintain board member orientation manual

Human resources / New hire paperwork

Must be comfortable with IT
Graphic design experience is preferred but not required
Proficiency with Google Drive and Google Calendar required
Experience posting to various social media platforms
Clear and effective written and verbal communication skills required
Ability to work independently, manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and meet deadlines required

For questions, email Robin at [email protected].com or call 605-940-6153.

Learn more or apply here. 

The Pepperonis: A Radio Play


Tony Pepperoni lives a complicated life. He’s a full time mob boss who does whatever he can to please his demanding family while secretly owning a pizzeria called Saul Herskowitz’s Kosher Deli.

Written by Eric Coble
Directed by Jeff Gould
Bruno – Dave Baumeister
Tony – Raine Jerke
Petey – Jeff Gould
Carmella – Tamra Huffman
A.J. – Noah Kutter
Meadows – Macie Lupica
Dr Melphi – Amy Morrison



Check out the latest news in our July Newsletter. 

New Business Supporters on Our Mayberry


Queen City Bakery, Sticks and Steel, Mahlander’s Appliance and Lighting, Juliana’s Boutique, and Chelsea’s Boutique, what do these businesses have in common? They are all new business members of Our Mayberry! When you pay for a purchase at one of these businesses, a portion of the sales goes back to the community theatre!

If you’d like to get on board and help support the community theatre, become an Our Mayberry supporter today!

The Maltese Falcon


The Maltese Falcon, featuring the original radio script from 1943, is based on the acclaimed novel by Dashiell Hammett, which chronicles the adventures of private detective Sam Spade as he becomes embroiled with a group of eccentric criminals, including a dangerous and dishonest beauty, on a quest to claim a priceless statuette.

Directed by Robin Bryne

Announcer – Jeff Gould
Sam Spade – Jordan Deffenbaugh
Brigid O’Shaughnessy – Marissa Moser
Joel Cairo – Dick Koch
Kasper Gutman – Erin Sharp
Wilmer Cook – Landon Javers

War of the Worlds


Originally broadcasted from New York’s Mercury Theatre in 1938, this infamous radio play, based on the novel by H. G. Wells, had many terrified listeners convinced that an actual alien invasion of Earth was taking place. Adapted by Howard E. Koch, co-writer of Casablanca, and directed and narrated by Orson Welles, this original script detailing the frightening tale of an extraterrestrial takeover a historic thriller surely not to be missed.

All recorded with SECT actors while maintaining safe social distancing.

Join us for the premiere on Facebook Live!

The Company:
Noah Kutter
Matt Nesmith
Doc Murphy
Chris Carter
Jeff Gould
Mark Nelson
Dana Dykhouse
Rick Weiland
Phil Kappen
Jordan Deffenbaugh
Jesse Jensen