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Pierre Players Reschedules ‘A Little Piece of Heaven,' Box Office for ‘Radium Girls’ to Open on April 19

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Pierre Players Community Theatre is pleased to announce that it has rescheduled “A Little Piece of Heaven” for Oct. 22-24 and Oct. 28-30. Originally planned for late February/early March, the production was canceled due to concerns at the time with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and not enough people at auditions to cast the production.

“A Little Piece of Heaven” will be part of Pierre Players’ current 2020-2021 season, meaning that season members will be able to see the production as part of their current membership. Pierre Players next season will begin in January 2022, and the show lineup will be announced later this year.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused or contributed to a host of challenges in producing the types of Pierre Players' shows and seasons to which our patrons have become accustomed. To help us plan for future activities, we invite patrons to complete a brief Pierre Players Community Theater 2021 Membership Survey at pierreplayers.com.

Show dates for Pierre Players’ current production “Radium Girls,” are April 30-May 2 and May 6-8. A reminder that audience members will be required to wear masks. Those who are not comfortable attending a live production at the theater or unable to attend in person can view the production virtually on May 6-8. Tickets for “Radium Girls’ will go on sale on April 19.

In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story, “Radium Girls” traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. Called a "powerful" and "engrossing" drama by critics, “Radium Girls” offers a wry, unflinching look at the peculiarly American obsessions with health, wealth and the commercialization of science.

Pierre Players’ next auditions will be for “Man of La Mancha” on May 16-18, followed by auditions for “A Little Piece of Heaven” on Aug. 16 at the Grand Opera House. For more information about Pierre Players’ upcoming productions or auditioning or getting involved, visit pierreplayers.com.

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Pierre Players Presents Virtual Production and Pizza Night; Auditions for Next Production to be Held March 1

Thursday, February 18, 2021
Pierre Players Community Theatre will present the production "The First Step” virtually on March 5-11, 2021. Enjoy some pizza before you watch the play on Monday, March 8, when Pierre Players hosts a Pizza Ranch fundraiser. Pierre Players will receive 15% of all dine-in, delivery and takeout orders from Pizza Ranch from 5-8 p.m. CST that evening.

“The First Step,” written by Kathleen Maule Holen, was inspired by a true story of New Year’s resolutions, friendship and purpose in Hot Springs, S.D. For the past 14 years, Dotty Paulson and her three friends have been driving to the top of Veterans Hill at dawn on New Year’s Day. They salute the dawn of the new year, cook breakfast on a grill and affirm their resolutions. They affirm the same ones every year—lose weight, quit smoking, cut back on drinking, get more exercise—and promptly break all of them.

But 2014 is going to be different if Dotty has anything to say about it. She has met the new personal trainer in town and signed herself and her friends up for fitness training. Now all she must do is convince the girls to forget their worn-out resolutions and make just one: by next year they will be strong enough to climb the steps to the top of Veterans Hill.

The production will be available to view online for a free will donation. To sign up for the video link, visit www.pierreplayers.com/gettickets/onlineticketpurchase. The production will be available to view starting Friday, March 5, at 5 p.m. CST through Thursday, March 11, at midnight CST. Questions, email info@pierreplayers.com.

Auditions for Pierre Players’ next production, “Radium Girls,” will be held on Monday, March 1, 2021, at 7 p.m. CST at the Grand Opera House. There are roles for four to five males and five females. For more information about auditioning or getting involved behind the scenes, contact director Joshua Penrod at 605.220.0308 or joshua.dutt@state.sd.us.

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Pierre Players Canceling "A Little Piece of Heaven," Instead Offering a Virtual Production

Thursday, January 21, 2021
Pierre Players Community Theatre regretfully announces that it is canceling its next production “A Little Piece of Heaven,” which was scheduled for Feb. 26-28 and March 4-6, 2021. Due to concerns with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there were not enough people at auditions to cast the production.

Many who did audition are now involved in a one-act play titled "The First Step,” which Pierre Players will offer virtually in late February/early March. Written by Kathleen Maule Holen, the play was inspired by a true story of New Year’s resolutions, friendship and purpose in Hot Springs, S.D. Be watching for more details about how you can view the virtual production.

Pierre Players is planning to offer “A Little Piece of Heaven” at a later date to be announced. Auditions for Pierre Players’ next production, “Radium Girls,” will be held on March 1, 2021, at 7 p.m. CST at the Grand Opera House.

Pierre Players Community Theatre remains dedicated to its mission of enriching, educating and entertaining central South Dakota by engaging volunteers and audience members in the process and product of quality theater. You can support Pierre Players in this mission through making a donation, which we will use to help cover the monthly costs to keep our organization strong during this pandemic. To learn more, visit pierreplayers.com/donate

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Pierre Players to Host Blood Drive

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Donating blood is one of the easiest ways to give back to your community. Pierre Players is hosting a blood drive on Thursday, Sept. 10, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. in the Encore Room of the Grand Opera House at 109 S. Pierre St.

What do we all have in common that instantly connects us and gives us the power to do more? It’s the blood pulsing within each of us. This amazing, ever-replenishing gift is truly a natural resource that, when shared, speeds healing and provides comfort. Lifesaving blood offers second chances and many tomorrows to those who depend on it.

Each year, nearly 5 million Americans need blood transfusions. Blood helps trauma and burn patients, premature infants, heart surgery patients, organ transplant recipients and those fighting cancer, among others. In emergencies, it’s the blood already on hospital shelves that saves lives.

Schedule your appointment for Pierre Players' blood drive.


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New Dates for Native Gardens

Friday, March 20, 2020

Pierre Players Community Theatre is concerned for the health and safety of our patrons, volunteers and performers. For that reason, we have decided to move back the dates for our production of “Native Gardens” by two weeks. New show dates will be May 8-10 and 14-16, with a preview performance on May 6. While the show must go on, we will continue to closely monitor the situation and follow the CDC’s recommendations. Watch our website for further changes, if necessary. Thank you for your continued patronage and support.


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Family Fun Day

Monday, March 9, 2020

The Grand Opera House will open its doors for a free Family Fun Day full of dramatic experiences and interactive activities highlighting the magic of theater on Saturday, March 14, 1-4 p.m. Tour the theater and play games like Two as One, Movie Styles, Charades, Night at the Museum, Slideshow, Scream, Captain's Coming, Snap Crackle Pop, Foreign Interpreter, The Fruit Game, Detective, Unique Olympics, Improv skits and more. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.


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Mario Moore Concert

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

The Mario Moore concert which was to have been held on Friday, March 13, has been canceled in an effort to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. Be watching our website for details if we are able to reschedule the event.


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Jazz Nightly

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The public is invited to join South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB) for Jazz Nightly with Karl Gehrke: Live from Pierre with the Jim Szana Trio, featuring Jim McKinney, on Wednesday, March 11, 8 p.m. at the Grand Opera House. The event is free and open to the public and can also be heard on SDPB Radio and SDPB.org.

A traditional combination of piano, bass and drums, the Jim Szana Trio formed in 1998, with Jim Szana on piano, Lonnie Schumacher on bass, and Ron Woodburn on drums. The trio offers a smooth blend of modern and classic instrumental jazz music.

The former director of bands at SDSU, Jim McKinney plays vibraphones with his group the Jim McKinney Quartet throughout South Dakota and the Midwest.

The only nightly live jazz broadcast program in the Great Plains, Jazz Nightly with Karl Gehrke can be heard weeknights at 8 p.m. on SDPB Radio and SDPB.org. For the latest playlists and artist interviews visit: https://listen.sdpb.org/programs/jazz-nightly.


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Front-of-House Hospitality Training

Thursday, February 6, 2020

There are so many ways to participate in Pierre Players. On Thursday, Feb. 13, Pierre Players will hold a Front-of-House Hospitality Training from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Opera House. Come learn about some of the small but necessary roles that help make each night of a production enjoyable for everyone who attends. We are looking for volunteers who can help with front of house activities, which includes the box office, concession stand, house managing and ushering. Most of these activities require less than two hours of your time and on your availability. At the training, we will discuss the volunteer opportunities and give a tour of the theater.


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Little Players to Hold Theater on the Prairie Workshops

Monday, December 23, 2019
Little Players will hold workshops for children in kindergarten through second grade on Jan. 18 and Feb. 1, 15 and 29, 2020. Explore the 1880s through the world of theater! Students will learn to recognize a set, practice role play, and express themselves both creatively and constructively. The mornings will be filled with drama, play acting and improvisational games to expand their talents. Limited to 18 participants. Little Players’ mission is to foster an appreciation of community theater and encourage self-development through the dramatic arts as students learn the skills and technical aspects of theater. Learn more.
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