A Note From President Rick Weiland

The show must – and will — go on!

On behalf on the Sioux Empire Community Theatre Board of Directors and our Season 18 Play Selection Committee, I wanted you to be the first to hear about the lineup of shows for our upcoming season.

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.”

COVID-19 has impacted every facet of our daily lives and our mission to bring ‘quality and affordable’ live theatre to the Sioux Empire community did not escape unscathed. While our theater has been dark these past several months, we have made good use of the time get our house in order.

Our recent survey conducted by our newest ‘virtual’ AI staff member, Shakespeare, revealed a great desire among our patrons to return to live theatre to the Orpheum. You also told us that you wanted to be safe in light of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Rest assured, we will be adding 5 additional performances for each of our shows so that we can socially distance the theater. We will also be implementing other CDC recommendations including a mandatory mask requirement, taking temperatures, providing hand sanitizer and implementing other industry ‘best practices’ to protect you and our staff, cast and crew.

We are fortunate to have so many committed patrons like you who appreciate community theatre and all it has to offer. I hope your will sign up today and take advantage of this early opportunity to the best seats

Rick Weiland


Sioux Empire Community Theatre