Black Hills Playhouse to release documentary

Black Hills Playhouse to release documentary
The Alumni Association, the board of directors and staff of the Black Hills Playhouse (BHP) will host a release party and feature two showings of a new documentary, Stage Directors: 60 Years With The Black Hills Playhouse on Monday, July 24 at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. with the reception being held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the theatre in Custer State Park.

The documentary incorporates excerpts from an early historical film, on-camera interviews with alumni from the past 60 years and experiences of a single summer season as seen through the eyes of the 2005 BHP Company.

The Black Hills Playhouse marked its 60th anniversary in 2005, ranking it as one of the oldest, continuously operated summer stock theatres in America. In the mid 1940s, Dr. Warren "Doc" M. Lee, a drama professor at The University of South Dakota, imagined establishing a theatre in the Black Hills where actors, directors, playwrights and technicians could practice their theatrical crafts in an atmosphere of true creative freedom. For 60 summers, theatre people from all corners of the world have come to participate in Doc's great experiment. The season now consists of five major productions and often includes special smaller productions and children's programs.

The documentary is a project of the Black Hills Playhouse Alumni Association (BHPAA), which helps to support and sustain the activities of the Black Hills Playhouse and its alumni.

Stage Directions will be aired on South Dakota Public Broadcasting on Monday, July 31. Check TV listings for local viewing times. The DVD of Stage Directions is available for purchase for $29.95 (plus $3.55 for shipping and handling) and orders will be filled beginning July 25. To order go to or call (605) 787-7099.

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