Take a walk with “Nature”

While the regular season of the Black Hills Playhouse may be done, there’s still one more opportunity to take in the wonder and magic that is theatre.

The Black Hills Playhouse (BHP), in association with TigerLion Arts, presents “Nature,” an outdoor walking play celebrating the dynamic connection between humanity and the natural world in five performances from Thursday, Aug. 29 through Sunday, Sept. 1.

Thanks to generous donations from the Oswald Family Foundation, Black Hills Energy, and other sponsors, the BHP is using this special event to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Custer State Park.

“Nature” is the mythical telling of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau’s mutual love affair with the natural world. In this “walking play,” a professional ensemble of actors leads the audience on a journey through the natural environment as scenes unfold around them. Bagpipes, ancient flutes, drums and rich choral arrangements are intricately woven into the experience. 

To make the experience more enjoyable, the TigerLion Arts suggests the following:

  • Wear comfortable shoes as you will be walking. The walk is not on strenuous terrain, but sensible shoes are desirable.
  • Please bring your water bottle or water container.
  • The show goes on rain or shine, so if it looks like rain, bring some rain gear.
  • Children are welcome and encouraged to attend. This play is perfect for families as it is outside and engaging for kids. Also, kids 18 and under go free.
  •  Bring a blanket to sit on and carry from set to set. Chairs are not necessary as all the action is easy to see and hear.
  • Allow yourself plenty of time for parking and walking to the reception area, where you will find water and restrooms nearby.
  • The show is 90 minutes with no intermission. Come early for a 30-minute pre-show performance that includes bagpiping and choral music to enjoy.

“Nature” is an unique, family-friendly and extraordinary journey that combines story, spirit and nature, as a means to reconnect its audience with the natural world. It stars Jason Rojas as Thoreau and Tyson Forbes — Emerson’s great-great-great-great grandson — as Emerson. Local young actress, Isabella Naasz, was chosen to play Elly, the daughter of Emerson.




Performance times are: 
Thursday, August 29, 6 p.m.
Friday, August 30, 6 p.m.
Saturday, August 31, 2 p.m.
Saturday, August 31, at 6 p.m.
Sunday Sept 1, at 2 p.m. 

Ticket prices are $15 for adults, while children up to 18 years old are free, courtesy of production sponsors. To reserve your tickets, call (855) 584-4141 or online at blackhillsplayhouse.com. 

There is also the opportunity to meet Tyson Forbes and other members of “Nature.” A meet and greet reception will be held Friday, Aug. 29, at the Custer Beacon at 9 p.m., and is free to the public.