BHP announces 73rd season

The Black Hills Playhouse announced its lineup for the upcoming 73rd season, starting on June 8, 2018. The 2018 season will have four productions – a romantic comedy, two musicals, and a comedic-thriller.

Tokens of Affection, June 8 – 17, 2018
by Topher Payne

This production — which will debut for the first time in this region — is a romantic comedy that “explores empty-nest syndrome, complications of long-term romance and the relationship of adult children with their parents as the parents proclaim their intention to divorce after 37 years of marriage.” In the play, each partner seeks solace at the homes of their grown children — and hilarity ensues. Topher Payne calls his work “Parent Trap” for grown-ups.

The production is rated PG-13.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, June 22 – July 8, 2018
Music & Lyrics by William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheinkin, Conceived by Rebecca Feldman

“Putman” can be described as a hilariously F-U-N-N-Y (enjoyment or lighthearted pleasure) and delightfully Q-U-I-R-K-Y (characterized by peculiar or unexpected traits) show where six unusual adolescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime, run by three equally unusual grown-ups. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.

“Putman,” which is rated PG-13, was nominated for six Tony Awards, winning Best Book and Best Featured Actor.

Oklahoma! July 13-28, 2018
music by Richard Rogers, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

With the celebrated romantic musical in its 75th anniversary, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration — “Oklahoma!” — remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today.

Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant “Oklahoma!”

The play is rated PG.

The Game’s Afoot , Aug. 3-19, 2018
by Ken Ludwig

It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. It is then up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.

“The Game’s Afoot,” which is rated PG, was the winner of the 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Award, Best Play.

So, are you ready for the Black Hills Playhouse’s 73rd season? Tickets will be available soon with the Black Hills Playhouse Holiday Sale, which opens Nov. 1. These packages make a perfect holiday gift or a treat for yourself! Tickets can be purchased on the Playhouse’s website at blackhillsplayhouse.com. You can also follow news on the Playhouse at Facebook.com/BHPNews.