The Black Hills Area Community Foundation holds and endowment fund for the Homestake Opera House, which will ensure sustainability as we continue on our mission to enrich the community for generations to come.
If the HHOH raises $8,550 or more in new donations to our endowment fund at Black Hills Area Community Foundation, they will match $2,500.
Donations in a check form should include a memo line "Homestake Opera House" and be mailed to BHACF at 803 St. Joseph Street, Rapid City, SD 57701.
Questions? Please call BHACF staff 605-718-0112.
This fund is managed by Black Hills Area Community Foundation.
Join us for auditions for Gold Camp Players Adult Community Theatre Play.
(Parental advisory: Adult situations, comedy, language.)
AUDITIONS consist of cold reading from the script.
Director: Sierra Ward
Sunday, September 22 at 1:00 pm
Monday, September 23 at 5:00 pm
Auditions take place at the back entrance of the Homestake Opera House in the Smart Center Conference Room at 308 Julius Street, Lead, SD. 605-584-2067
Brighton Beach Memoirs is a semi-autobiographical comedy play by Neil Simon, American playwright and screenwriter widely regarded as one of the most successful, prolific and performed playwrights in the world.
Brighton Beach Memoirs is a play written for adult audiences, is a story of a writer as a young teen in 1937 living with his family in a crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn walk-up. Eugene Jerome is the narrator and central character. Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche, her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and you have a recipe for hilarity, served up Simon-style. This bittersweet memoir evocatively captures the life of a struggling Jewish household where, as his father states "if you didn't have a problem, you wouldn't be living here."
”Brings a fresh glow to Broadway...In many respects his funniest, richest and consequently the most affecting of his plays." - New York Daily News
"There’s no romanticized gloss on the view of family life; the bonds are intense and unbreakable, yet they come through with all the wrinkles of real life." - Variety
"Hilarious comedy...His finest play...A delightful and enriching experience." - CBS-TV
EUGENE - almost 15
BLANCHE - 38
KATE JEROME - 40 year-old, Blanche's sister, Eugene's mother
LAURIE - 13
NORA - her sister, lovely at 16
STANLEY JEROME - 18
JACOB "JACK" JEROME - about 40, Eugene's father
For more information, contact the Historic Homestake Opera House office at 605-584-2067 or visit www.homestakeoperahouse.org.
Programming support is provided in part by the South Dakota Arts Council and the City of Lead.
Children's Play: No Body to Murder! by Edith Weiss
Auditions consist of reading from the script.
Auditions: Thursday, Sept. 12 at 6:00 pm and Sunday, Sept. 15 at 3:00 pm at the Homestake Opera House, 313 W. Main Street, Lead, SD.
Director: Lindsey Lothrop
Gold Camp Players Children's Theatre programming is sponsored by the John T. Vucurevich Foundation, and the Walt & Frances Green Charitable Trust; Support from the South Dakota Arts Council through the Dept. of Tourism; Adams Mastrovich Family Foundation; and the City of Lead.
"No Body to Murder" is a comedy that’s full of zany characters, hilarious stage action, and a surprise ending! Bad news — in the form of severe thunderstorms and an escaped convict — threatens the guests at the “Come on Inn”. By the end of the day, gung-ho aerobics instructor Billie Body is mysteriously murdered during a power outage. Was it the cook’s lemonade that poisoned her, or did someone else have a hand in Body’s death? Who would have the audacity to commit murder under so many noses? Inspector Black, on the scene in search of the escaped convict, has his job cut out for him. As the winds howl, suspicions rage — from Garth the gardener (who weeds with an axe) to an inept doctor on holiday from malpractice suits to a hairdresser who constantly changes her appearance — everyone has a hidden motive to want Billie Body dead. After all, she does have abs “to die for”!
No Body to Murder! is produced in cooperation with Pioneer Drama Service, Denver, CO.
by Yvonne Hollenbeck for the Tri-State Livestock News; 2017
When you gather a group of the finest musicians and vocalists in the tri-state area and present them on the stage of the beautiful Historic Homestake Opera House at Lead, South Dakota, the results are a presentation of one of the most outstanding Christmas programs of the season.
Under the co-direction of popular cowboy singer, Paul Larson and the executive director of the opera house, Sarah Carlson, this celebration has grown from the idea of hosting an old-fashioned concert and dance to what is now a “must see” event that was presented to a sold-out crowd of 1,000 attendees.
In addition to Paul Larson, the impressive lineup of entertainers included the internationally famous fiddle champ, Kenny Putnam, who now makes his home at Rapid City; star instrumentalist and former member of “A South Dakota Acoustic Christmas,” Boyd Bristow of Sioux Falls; singer/songwriter Jami Lynn of Rapid City; outstanding bassist and vocalist, Chet Murray, also of Rapid City; talented and versatile pianist, Connie Hubbard of Spearfish; cowboy singer, songwriter and poet, Robert “JingleBob” Dennis of Red Owl; Allen and Jill Kirkham, the award-winning singing duo from Custer; Clearfield ranchwife and poet, Yvonne Hollenbeck (myself); and adding her beautiful voice to the mix was co-anchor, Sarah Carlson. Chuck Larsen of Hulett, Wyoming very capably handled the emcee duties and added some of his cowboy poetry to the program. Following the evening performance, many folks enjoyed an old-time cowboy dance with music by the ever popular “Wilt Brothers Band” of Rapid City.
South Dakota is blessed to have a facility such as the Homestake Opera House, and a visit to this unique facility is an attraction that is second to none. In 1914, the building was constructed as a social and cultural center by philanthropist and owner of the Homestake Mining Company, Phoebe Hearst, following the death of her husband, mining magnate George Hearst (father to William Randolph Hearst). The elaborate building boasted a library, a 1,000 seat theater, and featured a heated indoor swimming pool, a billiards hall, six-lane bowling alley, smoking room, social hall and more. This magnificent building was literally the heart of hills until 1984, when the theater portion of the building was nearly destroyed by fire. After sitting empty for 11 years, plans began for renovation of the building with the addition of many modern amenities and it is now home to a first class theatre program providing musicals, adult comedy plays and children’s shows year-round. An ongoing and successful fundraising program has made it possible for the continuation of restoration and improvements, which includes the new Interpretive Center exhibit that opened in May, 2016.
The beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota is indisputably one of the top vacation destinations in America, and a trip to that area would not be complete without a visit to the historic Homestake Opera House, better known as the “Jewel of the Black Hills,” or attending one of the many first-class productions in this beautiful facility including the annual Black Hills Cowboy Christmas concert and dance. For a list of upcoming events, visit http://www.HomestakeOperaHouse.org or call 605-584-2067 for ticket information or to schedule an official tour of the whole building, including the interpretive center and the swimming pool.
Jason Erickson, member of the Homestake Opera House and the unbelievably enthusiastic youth team from Celebration Methodist Church in Brandon, SD visited the Black Hills right before summer hit and spent 4 hours in the building... they swept, dusted, moved a ton of chairs, climbed ladders, toured, laughed, sweated, and shared their life experiences with us. THANK YOU so much for being so generous with your gifts of time and talent. http://www.celebrationbrandon.org/
TOP: Jason Erickson (on the ladder) and another volunteer of he Celebration Methodist Church in Brandon, SD pose while in the basement office section of the Homestake Opera House. Lots of woodwork to dust!
ABOVE: Phelan Scherer and his dad, HHOH board member Dave Scherer, pose with the posse of building/cleaning volunteers who visited from Celebration Church in Brandon, SD.
It's the 10th year of the Black Hills Cowboy Christmas Concerts & Dance
– one of the area’s most highly anticipated events of the year.
Nearly 1,500 guests travel from across the region
to enjoy 15 award-winning musicians, singers, and storytellers
from SD, WY, and MT.
The lineup for the concerts and dance is always packed with talent and new additions to each annual show.
This year’s award-winning performer lineup includes:
Paul Larson, co-organizer and cowboy musician of Rochford, SD
Kenny Putnam, South Dakota fiddler champion, Rapid City, SD
Boyd Bristow, singer/guitarist/songwriter of Sioux Falls, SD
Trinity Seely, singer/guitarist/songwriter of Cascade, MT
Jami Lynn, Black Hills singer/songwriter, Spearfish, SD
Chet Murray, singer/pianist/bassist of Rapid City, SD
Chuck Larsen, emcee and cowboy poet/comedian of Hulett, WY
Yvonne Hollenbeck, champion cowgirl poet of Clearfield, SD
Sarah Carlson, co-organizer and vocalist of Lead, SD
Dance: The Wilt Brothers Band of Rapid City, SD
Our stage is a sight to behold, filled with 30 majestic towering ponderosa pines and white aspens, plus performers and instruments –
including our Yamaha grand piano.
Tickets are available now for $35 to $50 each.
Saturday, Dec. 14 matinee at 2:00 pm.
Saturday, Dec. 14 evening show at 7:30 pm
with down-home country music dance by
The Wilt Brothers and members of the cast.
Sunday, Dec. 15 matinee show at 2:00 pm.
The event is sponsored by Coeur Wharf Mining; Ketel Thorstenson, LLC; First Gold Hotel & Casino; KEVN Black Hills Fox TV; Jim & Janice Clarkson; Black Hills Badlands Tourism Assoc.; and the SD Arts Council through the SD Department of Tourism and the National Endowment for the Arts.
All concerts are held at the Homestake Opera House,
313 W. Main St., in Lead.For more information, please visit www.HomestakeOperaHouse.org or call 605-584-2067.
BIG THANKS to our sponsors:
Coeur Wharf Mining
Ketel Thorstenson, LLC
Blackstone Lodge & Suites in Lead, SD
South Dakota Arts Council
KEVN Black Hills Fox TV
City of Lead
Images subject to copyright. Special thanks to Richard Carlson / Dakota Press.
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