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Playhouse season set to kick off

Carrie Moore
Published: Thursday, May 29th, 2014

 

The 69th season of the Black Hills Playhouse will kick off in just a few weeks with its first of four plays. On this year’s agenda is “Syliva,” “The Secret Garden,” “Spamalot” and “The Best Man.”
Choosing the plays is quite a process, according to Dan Workman, artistic director of the Black Hills Playhouse (BHP), who leads the artistic advisory board made up of professionals from around the country, as well as a couple of BHP board members who are well versed in theatre.
“We keep a list of plays and musicals we all have access to and we each add to it the shows we think would be strong productions at the BHP,” he said. “We are all able to comment on the plays and have a good discussion. I also add shows I have heard suggested by patrons that they would like to see.”
Workman said the artistic advisory board’s goal is to pick a season that will not only be pleasing to the audience, but have artistic challenges and merit, as well as a nice balance of genres.
“We always want to achieve a great balance of entertainment for our patrons, as well as a challenge for our company,” said Linda Anderson, executive director of BHP. “These shows present everything from romantic comedy, drama and incredible musicals that are sure to delight our audiences while at the same time presenting interesting design and building challenges for costumes, sets and props and a wide array of roles for our actors.”
“Sylvia,” a romantic comedy about a dog, the couple that adopts her and the drama that results, will kick off the season June 5 and run through June 15; “The Secret Garden,” a musical play based on the 1922 classic children’s literature book, will run from June 19-July 

The 69th season of the Black Hills Playhouse will kick off in just a few weeks with its first of four plays. On this year’s agenda is “Syliva,” “The Secret Garden,” “Spamalot” and “The Best Man.”

Choosing the plays is quite a process, according to Dan Workman, artistic director of the Black Hills Playhouse (BHP), who leads the artistic advisory board made up of professionals from around the country, as well as a couple of BHP board members who are well versed in theatre.

“We keep a list of plays and musicals we all have access to and we each add to it the shows we think would be strong productions at the BHP,” he said. “We are all able to comment on the plays and have a good discussion. I also add shows I have heard suggested by patrons that they would like to see.”

Workman said the artistic advisory board’s goal is to pick a season that will not only be pleasing to the audience, but have artistic challenges and merit, as well as a nice balance of genres.

“We always want to achieve a great balance of entertainment for our patrons, as well as a challenge for our company,” said Linda Anderson, executive director of BHP. “These shows present everything from romantic comedy, drama and incredible musicals that are sure to delight our audiences while at the same time presenting interesting design and building challenges for costumes, sets and props and a wide array of roles for our actors.”

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