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Getting Ready for 9th Season - 2014

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The Marvelous Wonderettes:  Caps and Gowns by Roger Bean

The Northern Fort Playhouse board has been busy planning  for 2014 season.  Plays have been booked and we are excited to bring back the Marvelous Wonderettes, which was a huge hit in 2011.  The Marvelous Wonderettes have left prom night behind them and are now ready to graduate in "Marvelous Wonderettes:  Caps and Gowns".  You won't want to miss this fantastic musical performance.

Perfect Wedding by Robin Hawdon

Also for 2014, the playhouse is bringing a comedy performance that is sure to reach nuclear proportions!  A bridegroom wakes on his wedding day to find a stranger next to him.  As the story unfolds, the chaos begins as the best man and hotel staff get in to the act.

Friday evening Wine and Cheese Receptions:

New in 2014 will be the TWO featured northeast SD wineries on each of our Friday evenings.   We are looking forward to showcasing wines from Whetstone Creek Winery out of Wilmot, SD on Friday, July 11th and 25th and also we are excited about the possibility to promote and taste the wines of SD newest winery, Perfect Bliss from Rosholt, SD on Friday, July 18th.  These will be fantastic nights for you to reserve your performance tickets and take part in this newest addition to the playhouse performances.

Guest Author to Attend Performance on July 14th

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Guest Author of the book “Waking to Mourning Doves”, Caryl Crozier will be present at the Northern Fort Playhouse production on Sunday, June 14th.  Caryl will be selling her books on sight and also be available for book signing.

Friendly Hour:

Caryl Crozier compiled the notes of the Friendly Hour Club, kept by her mother and main character, “Dorcas” of the play.  She gave these notes to her husband’s nephew and playwrite Tom Jacobson, who used Carly’s summary of the club minutes and stories about the club and community to form the nucleus of this poignant fictional play chronicling the 70 years of the club.   To learn more about the play visit


Waking to Mourning Doves:

After Caryl’s  mother passed, the soulful call of a mourning dove gave her the inspiration to title her book which is built around excerpts from her personal diary entries from ages ten to twenty-one, adult journaling and memories growing up on rural South Dakota prairies in the 1940s and 1950s.  To learn more about the book visit

Prairie Sonata:

Carly’s writing and the Friendly Hour Club minutes formed the basis for a fictional play, Friendly Hour written by Tom Jacobson.   The 1930's portion of this play has been made into an award winning short film titled Prairie Sonata.  Filming takes place near Beresford, South Dakota, in a field of restored native prairie at the Kinkner/Crozier farm, scenes were also filmed at the Beresford Zion Cemetary and the Skresfurd Church.  Carly plays her Grandmother in this film.  To learn more about the film visit

Sneak Preview to the 8th Year - 2013 Summer Theatre Season

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The Northern Fort Playhouse is excited about the new opportunities that are being added to the continued awesome performances by the Northern State University Theatre department held at the Historic Fort Sisseton State Park in July of 2013.  Each Friday evening performance will begin with a Wine and Cheese Reception featuring a local meat processor and a South Dakota WinerySaturday evening performances will continue with our well-attended and delicious Dinner Theatre option -  catered by area caterers and Sunday matinees will now have a Salad Luncheon offered prior to all performances. 

We continue to welcome large groups and buses, please call ahead for availability and ticketing.

2013 will offer two production options; one comedy and one musical.  These are both such wonderful performances, we're sure you're going to want to make your reservations for BOTH productions. 

"Swingtime Canteen" will be offered on July 5th, 7th, 13th and 20th. 


"The Friendly Hour" will be offered on July 6th, 12th, 14th and 19th.

The Friendly Hour

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The Friendly Hour

South Dakota Premiere

July 6th, Dinner Theatre prior to 7:30 p.m. performance [Doors open at 6:00, dinner served by 6:30 p.m.]

July 12th and 19th , Wine and Cheese Receptions prior to 7:30 performances {Time TBA}

July 14th - Salad Luncheon prior to matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. [Time TBA]

Based on the actual minutes of a women's club called "The Friendly Hour" (that was formed in Beresford, South Dakota in 1934), this poignant comedy charts 70 years of personal and national history, from skinning skunks and julebukking when the tale begins, to restoring the native prairie in the new millennium. Join these fascinating women as they laugh, cry, navigate the difficult changes in their relationships and share their lives at their "friendly" monthly gathering.

"Tom Jacobson's lovely new play chronicles the rituals of a women's club in rural South Dakota from the late '30's to 2007 and we watch the women with whom we grow increasingly familiar age and engage in theological disputes that are really at the heart of the matter. God's purpose, and the purpose of community, interweave and clash through the decades." LA Weekly

"Tom Jacobson has paid exemplary homage to real-life American heroes from a less jaded period in our history, using transcripts in minutes from a rural South Dakotan women's club that gathered monthly from 1934 to 2004, when the last two surviors begin to fade...These powerful Midwestern survivors are the stoic Americans to celebrate and honor, something Jacobson has accomplished with his lyrical, sweetly bucolic text". Backstage

Swingtime Canteen

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A Star-Spangled Musical Hit!

July 5th, Wine and Cheese Reception prior to 7:30 p.m. performance [time TBA]

July 7th, Salad Luncheon prior to 2:30 matinee performance [time TBA]

July 13th and July 20th - Dinner Theatres, performances at 7:30 p.m. [Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with supper served at 6:30 p.m.]

After 17 years with MGM, still-glamorous movie legend, Marian Ames is being put out to pasture. But this is 1944 and Marian has gathered up her instrument playing gal pals from the Hollywood Canteen and headed for London to entertain the troops. Get ready for the riproaringest canteen show of them all as these are archetypal film characters from the 1940's prove their mettle while they sing over 30 vintage classics from the war years.

Laughs, tears, emotional fireworks, air raids and a celebration of women during the war punctuate this hilarious and heartwarming story. Songs include: "Don't Fence Me In, I'll Be Seeing You, Sing Sing Sing, How High The Moon, I Don't Want to Walk Without You, A Nightingale Sang in Berkely Square, Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive, Sentimental Journey, Apple Blossom Time", a fast paced, 12-song-Andrews Sisters medley and many many more.

Gannet papers calls the show "A musical frolic with true camp flavor" while Time Magazine hails it as, "A Wowser! An evocative balancing act of music and comedy, parody and sentiment. They make the good war sound great!" You'll love exuberant exursion back to the days of WWII. War may be hell, but at Swingtime Canteen it's still a lot of fun." - New York Times. "You'll like it enormously! I enjoyed every minute of it." The (London) Sunday Telegraph.