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Season 17 Announcement!


Sioux Empire Community Theatre – Season 17 Press Release

For Immediate Release – Friday, March 22, 2019

Sioux Falls, SDThe Sioux Empire Community Theatre (SECT) is thrilled to announce its 2019-20 season. Featuring four outstanding works to be performed on the Sioux Falls Orpheum stage, the season includes:

  • Mamma Mia!   September 26 – October 6, 2019
  • Tuesdays with Morrie   December 19 – December 29, 2019
  • Lend Me A Tenor   February 20 – March 1, 2020
  • Beauty and the Beast   April 23 – May 3, 2020

For the upcoming season, performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:00pm. Matinee performances are Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm. All shows will be performed on the main stage of the Historic Orpheum Theater at 315 N Phillips Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57104.

Auditions for each show will be announced at a later date and publicized on the theatre’s website www.siouxfallstheatre.com.

Ticket Information

Season Tickets are on sale now and available online at www.siouxfallstheatre.com or by calling the Box Office at 605-360-4800.

  • 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!)

Individual show Tickets are $30 Adults, $15 for Students. These tickets will be available starting Thursday, April 18, 2019.


Mamma Mia!
September 26 – October 6, 2019
Music and Lyrics by Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson
Book by Catherine Johnson
Performed by special arrangement with Musical Theatre International (MTI)
ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a guaranteed smash hit for any theatre. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!

Tuesdays with Morrie
December 19 – December 29, 2019
by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom, based on the book by Mitch Albom
Performed by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service
The autobiographical story of Mitch Albom, an accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Sixteen years after graduation, Mitch happens to catch Morrie’s appearance on a television news program and learns that his old professor is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Mitch is reunited with Morrie, and what starts as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a last class in the meaning of life.

Lend Me A Tenor
February 20 – March 1, 2020
By Ken Ludwig
Performed by special arrangement with Samuel French
Winner of 3 Tony Awards and 4 Drama Desk Awards, Lend Me A Tenor is set in September 1934. Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is primed to welcome world-famous singer Tito Merelli, known as Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as the star of the opera. Tito arrives late, and through a hilarious series of mishaps, he is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. His pulse is so low that Saunders and his assistant Max believe he’s dead – and in a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Merelli’s costume and fool the audience into thinking he’s Il Stupendo. Max succeeds and lives up to his idol, but Merelli regains consciousness and gets into the identical costume, ready to perform. Now two opera singers are running around in the same costume and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo. A sensation on Broadway and in London’s West End, this madcap, screwball comedy is guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
April 23 – May 3, 2020
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice
Book by Linda Woolverton
Performed by special arrangement with Musical Theatre International (MTI)

Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, an international sensation that played a remarkable 13-year run on Broadway and has been produced in 37 countries worldwide. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. The original Broadway production ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
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.
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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We are hiring!


The Sioux Empire Community Theatre is hiring for a Scenic Designer and a Lighting Designer for the upcoming production of Oliver! in May. Please fill out an application here or e-mail [email protected]

March News


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St. Patrick’s Day Parade and 2:00 PM Matinee on March 16th


If you plan to attend the 2:00 PM matinee performance of Steel Magnolias on Saturday, March 16th, please plan accordingly as the St. Patrick’s Day parade will be going on at the same time. For more information about the parade event go to http://www.siouxfallschamber.com/stPatricksDay.cfm.

2019 Theatre Camp Promo Video


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Steel Magnolias, March 14th – 24th



Teaser Video

The Sioux Empire Community Theatre continues its successful 16th season with Robert Harling’s comedy-drama STEEL MAGNOLIAS, sponsored by Sanford Health, running March 14 through March 24, 2019 at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Sioux Falls. A special Dinner Theatre performance will be held at the Icon Lounge on Friday, March 8, 2019 at 5:30pm.

Described as “the funniest play ever to make you cry,” STEEL MAGNOLIAS focuses on the camaraderie of six very different Southern women who meet each week in Truvy’s beauty parlor to talk, gossip, and support each other through thick and thin. Infused with heart and humor, STEEL MAGNOLIAS is a hilarious story of love, loss, and enduring friendship.

Based on Harling’s real-life experience with his sister’s death, the play is a testament to the love, friendship and support of the female characters who, as the title suggests, “are as delicate as magnolias but as tough as steel.” In Truvy’s own words of wisdom, “Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion.”

STEEL MAGNOLIAS premiered off-Broadway at the WPA Theater in 1987, then quickly transferred to the Lucille Lortel Theater and became an instant sensation, running for three years and spawning a hit movie.

The Sioux Empire Community Theatre’s production of STEEL MAGNOLIAS is directed by Robin Byrne and showcases Emily K. Wilson (Shelby), Tamra Huffman (M’Lynn), Terry Zerfas (Ousier), Lisa Kutter (Clairee), Amy Morrison (Truvy) and Macie Lupica (Annelle).

WHAT: Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling

WHERE: Orpheum Theater Center

315 N Phillips Ave

Sioux Falls, SD 57104

PERFORMANCES: Thursday, March 14 – Sunday, March 24, 2019 Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:00 pm Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:00pm Special Dinner Theater performance: Friday, March 8 at 5:30 pm at the Icon Lounge.*

TICKETS: $30 – Adults, $15 – Students (up to College age, with school ID); Available online or by calling the Box Office; Group rates are available.

*Tickets for the Dinner Theater event are $70 and can be ordered online through Eventbrite.com.

BOX OFFICE: 605-360-4800 [email protected]

WEB ADDRESS: www.siouxfallstheatre.com

Wanted: Box Office Agent (Part-time, As Needed)


The Sioux Empire Community Theatre is in search of a Part-time, As Needed Box Office Agent to help in the box office during show runs. The box office is located at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Sioux Falls. See our job post/application for more information.   Application