Thursday, March 31, 2022Join the cast of Pierre Players' upcoming production “Ordinary Days” on Saturday, April 9, for Saturday "Night" at the Met at Waterfront Gallery for the Arts at 207 E. Missouri Ave., Suite 1A, in Pierre.
The event will begin at 5 p.m., and the public is invited to view the gallery's artwork and enjoy a refreshment. At 5:30 p.m., “Ordinary Days” Director Lydia Kanz will speak about the upcoming production, and the cast will perform musical selections from the show.
Pierre Players representatives will also be on hand to visit about the community theater and its current season, as well as Waterfront Gallery for the Arts Owner Jennifer Kanz to visit about the new gallery.
“Saturday ‘Night’ at the Met is a great opportunity to support the talents of local artists in our community,” said Pierre Players President Alisa Bousa. “The public is invited to view artwork by local artists on display at the new Waterfront Gallery for the Arts and to hear a preview of musical numbers from Pierre Players’ next production, ‘Ordinary Days.’”
Show dates for “Ordinary Days” are April 29-30 and May 5-7 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee on May 1 at 2 p.m. Tickets go on sale April 18. Stop by the box office at 109 S. Pierre St. or call 605.224.7826.
Wednesday, March 16, 2022The Pierre Concert Series will present JAS Quintet on Tuesday, March 22, 7 p.m. at the Grand Opera House. JAS Quintet is one of South Dakota's premier jazz ensembles. Formed in 2012 and based in Sioux Falls, the five-piece instrumental group specializes in original jazz music and standards throughout the jazz age. The lineup is Jeffrey Paul on keys, Andrew Reinartz on bass, Joel Shotwell on saxophone, Daniel Heier on drums and Jim Speirs on trumpet. Single tickets are available at the door: $25 for adults and $10 for children.
Sunday, November 28, 2021On Saturday, Dec. 11, Pierre Players will hold a flat building workshop at 10 a.m. CST at the Grand Opera House. The workshop will be led by Scott Hipple, who has built numerous Pierre Players’ sets. Volunteers will replace the canvas on 10-foot flats used for set construction. Volunteers are also needed to help with other maintenance at the Grand Opera House, such as organizing the paint room, re-numbering audience seats and rows, and painting the Encore Room/Box Office. For more information about the workshop, upcoming Pierre Players productions, auditioning or getting involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, November 18, 2021
Join us for a one-time, special performance of the play "Silent Sky" by Lauren Gunderson on Friday, Dec. 10, at the Grand Opera House. The performance is part of the South Dakota Discovery Center's Learning for the Universe Celebration of the Webb Space Telescope Launch.
Special features of this performance include a star show using the Discovery Center's latest technology, hands-on activities about the Webb Space Telescope and a discussion about Henrietta Leavitt, women in science and the Webb Space telescope.
Doors for "Silent Sky" open at 6 p.m., with special displays in the the Grand Opera House Box Office (Encore Room). The performance is at 7 p.m., with a discussion following the show. The performance is supported in part by a grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council and in partnership with Pierre Players Community Theatre.
Learn more and purchase a show ticket.
Friday, November 12, 2021You hear it every Christmas on KRRC's radio station; now "A Prairie Christmas" is coming to Pierre. Open your heart and step up your holiday spirit with this family-friendly performance. Jeff Gould takes the stage at the Grand Opera House on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, to combine stories, memories, nostalgia and everyone's favorite Christmas music to delight folks of all ages. Sponsored by KCCR, "A Prairie Christmas" features Gould with renowned composer, pianist and singer Dan Schwartz. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Purchase your ticket online or stop by the KCCR radio station at 106 W. Capitol Ave. in Pierre. Purchase your ticket.
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Pierre Players is excited to bring Black Hills Community Theatre Technical Director Rodger Hartley to the Grand Opera House for a workshop on performance lighting on Nov. 20-21.
A Pierre native and former Pierre Players volunteer, Hartley has extensive knowledge of the lighting set up and light board at the Grand Opera House. He will demonstrate how to set up a repertoire lighting configuration for Pierre Players’ stage and teach volunteers how to customize the lights and control board.
On Saturday, Nov. 20, the workshop will focus on lighting theory and how to move and adjust the lights. The training will involve climbing ladders. On Sunday, Nov. 21, the focus will be on how to program the control board to make the performance light cues flow seamlessly. Workshop times on both days are 1-7 p.m. CST at the Grand Opera House at 109 S. Pierre St. in Pierre.
Theater lighting is used to draw focus to the character or element it is highlighting. It can be used to separate a character from the backdrop and surrounding characters, often for an important piece of dialog or to emphasize the action, emotion or expression of the character.
On Saturday, Dec. 11, Pierre Players will hold a flat building workshop at 10 a.m. CST at the Grand Opera House. The workshop will be led by Scott Hipple, who has built numerous Pierre Players’ sets. Volunteers will replace the canvas on 10-foot flats used for set construction. Volunteers are also needed to help with other maintenance at the Grand Opera House, such as organizing the paint room, re-numbering audience seats and rows, and painting the Encore Room/Box Office.
For more information about the workshops, upcoming Pierre Players productions, auditioning or getting involved, visit pierreplayers.com or email email@example.com.
Tuesday, September 21, 2021Pierre Players is hosting a community blood drive with Vitalant on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, from 3:45 to 6:15 p.m. at the Grand Opera House.
Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors. With someone in the U.S. needing blood every two seconds, blood products must be constantly replenished, according to the Red Cross.
For more information or to make an appointment to donate, call 605.999.8503 or sign up online at Vitalant.org with sponsor code Players.
Tuesday, June 29, 2021Pierre Players Community Theatre (PPCT) will shift the timeframe of its season schedule starting in January 2022.
Pierre Players Board of Governors decided to change its season schedule from one which has typically begun in September and run through August of the following year to one which will begin in January and run through December of the same year.
The change will align PPCT’s seasons with the organization’s fiscal year and calendar year. It will also allow patrons to purchase season memberships in December as holiday gifts for family members or friends before the new season starts.
“Changes to this year’s schedule prompted Pierre Players’ Board of Governors to reassess the season schedule going forward. After much reflection, the Board decided it made sense and the timing was right to align our season schedule and fiscal year with the calendar year,” said PPCT President Alisa Bousa. “We wanted to let our patrons know about this change before our typical membership drive, which in the past began during the summer production.”
PPCT earlier this year had to cancel “A Little Piece of Heaven” due to the pandemic and reschedule the production for this fall. “A Little Piece of Heaven” will still be part of PPCT’s current season, meaning that season members will be able to see the production as part of their 2020-2021 membership.
Pierre Players will announce its 2022 season at its Annual Membership Kickoff/Meeting on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. Be watching for more details.
Saturday, June 19, 2021Help play a part in the arts! Pierre Players Community Theatre has four open seats on its Board of Governors. Pierre Players is looking for Board members who will be enthusiastic and active in the organization for a three-year term. Those wanting to serve do not need any theatrical experience. They must be able to help the organization set and achieve its growth and development goals, plus help in the Box Office. The deadline to apply is August 2, 2021. Email a letter of interest including a little about yourself and why you are interested in joining Pierre Players Board at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions, talk to a current Board member or email Pierre Players.
Saturday, June 19, 2021PPCT's costume department has overrun our orchestra pit, and we need to clean it up for Man of La Mancha. Please consider stopping by on Saturday, June 26, at 10 a.m. CDT and giving a helping hand.
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