Little Players

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. Little Players performs one full-length production each summer and offers educational workshops throughout the year. (Financial assistance is available for Little Players' workshops upon request.)

Dakota Players' Production
Auditions for The Missing Mountain Mystery
1st-12th Grade Summer Camp: The Missing Mountain Mystery

Dakota Players, in conjunction with Little Players, wants to guide the young talents of the Pierre/Fort Pierre community through a fun-filled, motivating week of theater magic. Auditions for Dakota Players’ original musical production “The Missing Mountain Mystery” will be held Monday, June 27, 2022, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Grand Opera House.

“The Missing Mountain Mystery” is designed with suitable parts for every age, skill and experience level involved. Five days of intensive rehearsals will be held in which the lines, staging, songs and even dances will be learned, culminating in an out-of-this-world performance. Older children are also needed to assist the directors and learn how to operate sound and lighting.


Synopsis: Extra! Extra! Read All About It! An emergency meeting of the D.A.K.O.T.A. council (Distinguished Allied Kritters of the Area) has been called by Lenny the Buffalo to solve this mysterious mystery. The adventures begin as Tȟakóža, RN Pheasant, Patty Pasque, Sven Spruce and a host of other colorful characters go on eye-opening quests across South Dakota. Along the way, the characters learn to see the state from many different perspectives. From meeting the Royal Farm Family, traveling through time with the Badlands and Wildflowers, poppin’ with prairie dogs (Yo Dogs Yo!) and being interviewed on the Black Hills Television Show, the antics never end. As the mystery unfolds, the D.A.K.O.T.A. council gathers together once again where they admit there is a lot they didn’t know about South Dakota. Their travels are the spark of curiosity they need to see the miraculous power of being connected to all.

Auditions: Monday, June 27, 2022, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Grand Opera House
Rehearsals: Monday to Friday, June 27-July 1, 2022, 3:30-8 p.m. (select cast at certain times)
Performances: Friday, July 1, 2022, 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 2, 2022, 2 p.m. | $5 tickets at door


Summer Production: Miss Nelson is Missing!
Auditions: Tuesday, July 12, 2022, 6-8 p.m., Grand Opera House
Roles: 5 girls (3rd - 6th grade in fall), 3 boys (3rd - 6th grade in fall), 3-4 adults (6th - 12 grade in fall)
Rehearsals: Sundays 3-5 p.m., Tuesdays 6-8 p.m. and Thursdays 6-8 p.m. The schedule will be adjusted as needed and will increase the last two weeks of rehearsal
Synopsis: Miss Nelson can't control her crazy classroom because she's just too nice. But when she disappears, her replacement is the hard-as-nails, detention-loving, recess-canceling, homework-overloading substitute teacher Viola Swamp! With the Big Test approaching, the kids suddenly realize how much they miss Miss Nelson and they'll do anything–including hiring a private eye–to solve the mystery of her disappearance and bring her back.
Performance: Aug. 12-14, 2022, 7 pm on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday matinee | $5 tickets at door
Drama Boot Camp: A Play-in-a-Day
6th - 9th grade (in fall of 2022)
Date: Saturday, July 23, 2022; 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cost: $10 (or what you can)

Come spend the day learning roles creating props, costumes, set and preparing to perform. We start rehearsal promptly at 8 a.m. and perform at 5 p.m.

Encore Club
Encore, an invitation-only middle school drama club, meets the first Monday of every month during the school year at 7-8:30 p.m. to develop students' theater skills. Encore students perform volunteer work with Pierre Players, take field trips, have chaperoned events, watch movies and play improv games.

For more information about Little Players programming, contact Co-Directors Michele Beeler at 605.999.8503 or Hannah Carda at 605.222.7723 or email

Little Players is affiliated with Pierre Players, Inc.



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