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Mamma Mia Cast Announced!


The cast is set for Mamma Mia opening Sept. 26th at the Orpheum Theater! Check it out!


Sophie Sheridan – Kieren Humke

Donna Sheridan – Kjersten Smith

Sky – Reid Determan

Tanya – Sue Martens

Rosie – Kerri Smith

Sam Carmichael – Paul Ridgway

Bill Austin – Rick Huffman

Harry Bright – Kevin Humke

Lisa – Alex Newcomb Weiland

Ali – Madison Rimmer

Pepper – Marvin Moser

Eddie – Josiah Southall

Father Alexandrios – Barry Longden

Sophie’s Chorus

Alex Van Voorhis, Makenna Portinga

Lauren Shaver, Jaya Wilson

Stacie Soderstrom, Hannah Wollenzien

Liz Aragon, Emily Hill

Marisa Moser, Bekki Kniep

Madison Lawrence, Lindsay Lindaman

Madison Gerhart, Katie Schultz

Donna’s Chorus

Allegra Saint-Amand, Summer VanVeen

Tamara Huffman, Ruthie Pottratz-Anderson

Melissa Sutton, Leigh Spencer, Ann Henkhaus

Men’s Chorus

Clay Ackerman, Tyler Raehsler

Jackson Heiberger, Andrew Steinhouse

Christian Heiberger, Landon Javers

Barry Longden, Mike Richards

Max Meierhenry

Production Staff

Kim Bartling, Director

Amy Morrison, Musical Director

Rebekah Merriman, Choreographer

Mikayla Miller, Stage Manager

Madison Hansen, Ass’t Stage Manager

Jacob Habermann, Scene Designer

Kendra Dexter, Costumer

Mitchell Olson, with KSFY, reports on the Sioux Empire Community Theatre! Watch it here!


Mitchell Olson, with KSFY, reports on the Sioux Empire Community Theatre! Watch it here!

July Newsletter


Check out our July Newsletter here.

Season 17 Promo Video


Welcome Executive Director, Robin Byrne!


Sioux Falls, SD – The Sioux Empire Community Theatre recently concluded it’s 16th season with Oliver, a British musical, with music and lyrics by Lionel Bart capping off the most successful season in over a decade.

“Less than 18 months ago, the Sioux Empire Community was contemplating dissolution, today we are excited to announce that we have hired Robin Byrne as our new Executive Director. Robin brings to the table the right balance of professional theatre experience coupled with a strong business background,” stated Rick Weiland, newly elected President of the Sioux Falls based non-profit.

Byrne trained and worked as a theatre professional in the United Kingdom, ran operations for Xerox in the North of England and was nominated for a United Nations Peace Award for delivering positive outcomes into non-profit organizations.

Originally from England but now a US citizen, Byrne is a member of Equity the actor’s union and well known to audiences at the historic Orpheum Theater in downtown Sioux Falls. He has performed in many shows but as Director of the recent productions of Steel Magnolias and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Byrne has delivered high quality entertainment that has showcased the true professionalism possibilities of community based theatre.

“Robin’s experience as an actor, director and service on the Board along with his business background make him an excellent choice as we continue to evolve professionally and strengthen our financial position. We feel that the creative integrity of our stage productions and continued financial growth and stability of our organization are in good hands,” said Kimberly Jacobson, Immediate Past President.

“The level of talent in the Sioux Empire community is of an unusually high standard,” said Byrne.  “I auditioned in 2014 for the SECT production of Les Miserables and was amazed at how superb these people are. Many have professional theatrical and music related backgrounds and the talent extends to the technical teams who are able to create superb sets, costumes, props, lighting, and sound on a very limited budget.  The Board of Directors led by outgoing President Kimberly Jacobson and loyal volunteers have worked a miracle in the past 18 months in turning around the fortunes of the company and I am relishing the opportunity to build on that solid foundation as we raise the bar even higher. We have proven that we are capable of providing a high professional standard of theatre and that is precisely what the local community can expect from us as we move forward. I want to urge local businesses to step up and offer their support financially and in other ways. We don’t just offer entertainment to the local community we offer opportunities for the community to showcase and develop the talent that exists here in both younger and older people. That truly is worth encouraging, that is worth sponsoring and that is worth associating your brand with something of real quality that simultaneously shows your commitment to the people of this community,” concluded Byrne.

“With the Orpheum now under the new management of the Washington Pavilion, we have already had several meetings in the past 2 weeks with key Pavilion staff and are excited about the many possibilities moving forward. There are sure to be some growing pains but we are hopeful, positive and looking forward to partnering with the Washington Pavilion and ensuring that we will continue to provide an affordable and quality theatre experience for the Sioux Empire community,” Weiland concluded.

The Sioux Empire Community theatre will open the new season with the wonderful Abba musical “Mamma Mia” followed by the Emmy Award winning “Tuesdays with Morrie,” the hilarious British farce “Lend Me a Tenor” and the ever popular family musical “Beauty and the Beast.”

In addition, Byrne will be taking a revival of last season’s smash hit” Steel Magnolias” to the Mitchell Performing Arts Center for two shows on November 9th and 10th followed by an “ENCORE at ICON” dinner theatre showing at ICON Lounge in Sioux Falls on November 14th

Season tickets are great value at only $100 for all 4 Orpheum main stage shows.  Individual tickets are $30. Season tickets for students are $50, $15 for individual tickets.

The Sioux Empire Community Theatre welcomes volunteers for any involvement whatsoever, onstage, backstage, front of house and fund-raising. There is always a job that needs an extra pair of hands and this is truly a community theatre, so be a part of Season 17 and contact us via www.siouxfallstheatre.com. 

Volunteer Picnic and Annual Meeting, June 30th


Join us for our annual meeting and volunteer picnic on Sunday, June 30th, from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. RSVP at .

June 2019 Newsletter


Check out our June Newsletter here.

April News


The Sioux Empire Community Theatre brings Oliver! to life at the Orpheum


April 8, 2019

Sioux Falls, SD – The Sioux Empire Community Theatre proudly presents Oliver! May 9-19, 2019. Performances will take place at the Sioux Falls Orpheum Theater located at 315 N Phillips Ave. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Bringing Charles Dickens’ beloved novel to life, Oliver! takes audiences on a wild adventure through Victorian England. Oliver Twist, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the scheming Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft that he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr. Brownlow takes him in. Fearing the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering the true love of a family. This engaging three-time Tony Award winner appeals to the emotions with its drama and delights with spirited, timeless songs like “As Long as He Needs Me,” “Food, Glorious Food,” “Consider Yourself,” and Where is Love.”

This final show of Season 16 features an extraordinarily talented cast of 40, a live orchestra, and an elaborate set and costume design that will take patrons back to Charles Dickens’ 19th-century London. Veteran director Eric E. Parrish, who also directed this season’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, returns to direct his fifth production at the Sioux Empire Community Theatre.

The title role, Oliver Twist, will be shared by Isaac Fode, who is making his debut with the Sioux Empire Community Theatre, and Noah Winters. Noah was seen in The Secret Garden, Sister Act, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Bobby Parker, who has been in several of the Sioux Empire Community Theatre’s summer camps and was last seen in A Christmas Carol, shares the role of the Artful Dodger with Jackson Klawonn. The Sioux Empire Community Theatre is happy to welcome back Thomas Simmons, in the role of Fagin.

Many Sioux Empire Community Theatre regulars return for this production, including Michael Kutter (Mr. Sowerberry), Lisa Barlow-Kutter (Mrs. Sowerberry), Jay Wickre (Mr. Bumble), Alicia J. Van Der Bill (Widow Corney), and Nora Hintze (Nancy).

In keeping with the themes in Oliver!, the Sioux Empire Community Theatre is teaming up with Feeding South Dakota by hosting a food drive during the run of the show. Patrons who donate a non-perishable food item will receive a $1.00 off coupon to The Source .

Of the individuals served by the Feeding South Dakota Food Pantry Program, nearly 50% are under the age of 18.  On an average week, over 500 people rely on the Food Pantry Program. In a year, Feeding South Dakota provides 2.2 million emergency meals and serve more than 90,000 people. The Food Pantry is always in need of non-perishable, non-expired food such as:  peanut butter, jelly (please avoid any glass jars), cereal, boxes meals (i.e. Hamburger Helper), pasta and rice, canned fruits, canned vegetables, canned meats, and canned pasta.

Ticket Information

Individual show Tickets for Oliver! are $30 for Adults, $15 for Students. Tickets are available online at www.siouxfallstheatre.com or by calling the Box Office at 605-360-4800. Group rates are available.

Season Tickets for the 2019-20 season are now on sale. Season 17 will include: Mamma Mia!, Tuesdays With Morrie, Lend Me A Tenor, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

  • Season Tickets are $100 for Adults (A savings of $20 over purchasing individual tickets!)
  • Season Tickets are $50 for Students (A savings of $10 over individual tickets!)


About the Sioux Empire Community Theatre

The Sioux Empire Community Theatre (SECT) was incorporated in 2003 and is now in its sixteen season. SECT’s mission is to provide quality, affordable community theatre accessible to all residents of the Sioux Empire; and to provide hands-on learning experiences in the greater Sioux Empire community in all aspects of volunteer-driven theatre performance and production. To that end, the Sioux Empire Community Theatre offers courses and performance opportunities for all ages.

Find out more about our exciting kids’ summer camps by visiting www.siouxfallstheatre.com.

This summer we are offering:

  • Singing in the Rain, Jr. for grades 1-8, June 10-23, 2019
  • Disney’s 101 Dalmatians KIDS for grades 1-5, July 8-14, 2019
  • Peter Pan, Jr. for grades 6-12, August 6-18, 2019


Learn more about the Sioux Empire Community Theatre at www.siouxfallstheatre.com.

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