Aberdeen American News Article June 24, 2012
NSU 2011-2012 Outstanding Educator of the Year - Dan Yurgaitis, Artistic Director
June 26, 2011 Northern Fort Playhouse 6th Season, Opens July 8th
'Marvelous Wonderettes' featuring songs from the 50's and 60's
A letter from our Artistic Director
Dear NSU Friend of the Northern Fort Playhouse,
2010 Leading Ladies is directed by Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha.
Northern Fort Playhouse's Leading Ladies features members of the 2010 Playhouse Company in the following roles-. Adam Sahli and Danie Jensen play Leo and Jack who become Stephanie and Maxine, Sarah Belfrage plays the engaged Meg, while Seth Honerman plays the Reverend Duncan, the fiancé, and Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha plays Florence the rich widow in search of her heirs. Rounding out the cast are Yvonne Freese as the lovely Audrey, Cory Niles as Doc and Ben Kraft as Butch.
Final Weekend of the Northern Fort Playhouse Productions!
For release Sunday 6/21/09
Tickets are now available at the Fort Sisseton Visitor’s Center. Seats for regular performances and the dinner theatre nights can be reserved by calling the Fort at 605-448-5474 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Tickets are $11.00 for adults, $27.00 for the dinner and show and a special $5.00 admission for children under 12 for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Group rates and season subscription discounts are available.
The Northern Fort Playhouse is partially supported by a grant from the South Dakota Arts Council and the 2009 season sponsor is the Northern Lights Inn of Britton, South Dakota (www.northernlightsinn.net).
2009 Leaving Iowa takes audiences on a comical road. Playwrights Tim Clue and Spike Manton reach into the collective memories of Middle America in creating Leaving Iowa, at turns both funny and touching. The comedy makes an honest attempt to deal with the conflicting emotions found within families and how our perceptions of events can change over the years.
Told in flashback, this hilarious sentimental comedy about a journalist who returns home to Winterset, Iowa to find a final resting place for his father’s ashes is a nostalgic ode to days gone by. As the journalist searches for the perfect spot to scatter the ashes, he relives the summer vacations he spent as boy trapped in the family station wagon en route to uninteresting historical sites with a well-meaning but naïve father. With a generous dollop of humor and a heart as big as the Midwest, Leaving Iowa shows us that the journey really is as important as the destination. Nominated for Best New Play by the American Theatre Critics Association, Leaving Iowa is guaranteed to keep you laughing and remembering the childhood vacations you tried to forget.
2009 You're a Good Man Charlie Brown amuses a full house Saturday night. "Great family entertainment!" A fun filled evening with singing and dancing with classic Schultz humor. Don't miss the final weekend of Northern Fort Playhouse productions. You're a Good Man Charlie Brown's final performance will be Friday, July 24 at 7:30 PM. The final performance of Leaving Iowa will be on Saturday, July 25 with dinner at 6:00 PM preceding the performance at 7:30 PM. Limited Dinner reservations are available. Call 605-467-3247
2009 The Northern Fort Playhouse is pleased to announce its productions for its fourth season of summer performances at Fort Sisseton State Historic Park. The season’s first opening night is Friday, July 10 with the hit musical comedy You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. It is "an average day in the life of Charlie Brown." A day made up of little moments picked from all the days of Charlie Brown, from Valentine's Day to the baseball season, from wild optimism to utter despair, all mixed in with the lives of his friends (both human and non-human) and strung together on the string of a single day, from bright uncertain morning to hopeful starlit evening. The production will be directed and staged by NFP Artistic Director Daniel Yurgaitis. Performances are scheduled for Friday, July 10 at 7:30, Sunday, July 12 at 2:00, Saturday, July 18 (a dinner theatre night) at 7:30, and Friday, July 24 at 7:30.
The second opening night is Saturday, July 11 with the sentimental comedy Leaving Iowa by Tim Clue and Spike Manton. Told in flashback, this hilarious sentimental comedy about a journalist who returns home to Winterset, Iowa to find a final resting place for his father’s ashes is a nostalgic ode to days gone by. As the journalist searches for the perfect spot to scatter the ashes, he relives the summer vacations he spent as boy trapped in the family station wagon en route to uninteresting historical sites with a well-meaning but naive father. Returning NFP alum Doug Finalyson is back to direct this charming comedy. Playhouse audiences will remember Doug's direction from season two's How the Other Half Loves. Performances are scheduled for Saturday, July 11 (a dinner theatre night) at 7:30, Friday, July 17 at 7:30, Sunday, July 19, at 2:00 and Saturday, July 25 (a dinner theatre night) at 7:30.
The 2009 company of eight actors will include Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha, Jennifer Rott, Ben Kraft, Brian Warzeha, Ryan Puffer, Ben Villa, Danie Jensen, and Mary Holm. Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha is a veteran of the first two Playhouse seasons, having had roles in Sylvia and Plaza Suite during season one, and in Dames at Sea and How the Other Half Loves during season two. Most recent performance credits include the role of Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, and Izzy in Aberdeen Community Theatre's production of Rabbit Hole. Jennifer Rott is an actress well known to Aberdeen area audiences and is making her debut at the Playhouse this summer. Jennifer hs played roles in such Aberdeen Community Theatre as Babe in The Pajama Game, Anna in the King and I, Louise in Gypsy, Mona in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and multiple roles in the comedy Parallel Lives. Mary Holm returns for her second season at thre Playhouse, this time on stage as well as backstage as tech director. This past year at NSU, Mary appeared in Fiddler on the Rood adn The Music of Rodgers adn Hammerstein.
Ben Villa is a student at NSU who is joining the Playhouse Company for his first productions. His past roles at NSU include parts in Fiddler on the Roof and Forbidden Broadway. Ryan Puffer returns for his second season, having been backstage crew his first season. Danie Jensen will also be making his first appearance at the Fott. His roles at NSU this past year include parts in Fiddler on the Roof and Eurydice. Returning for a second season is Brian Warzeha, who last appeared at the Fort in seaon two's Dames at Sea. Brian has been seen in many NSU productions, including Beauty and the Beast, Miss Saigon and Fiddler on the Roof. Incoming musical theatre freshman, Den Kraft of Mobridge will also be a newcomer to the Fort and will be seen in the title role of You're a Good Man Charlie Brown.
The other creative personnel will include scenic designer Tom Benson, back after last year's season. Tom has been the resident scenic designer and artist for the Gaslight Theatre in Tucson for over 30 years, designing and painting scenery for five original musical melodramas each year. He has designed adn painted scenery for theatres from Vermont to southern California, including three seasons at the Utal Shakespearean Festival, and has taught theatre design at the University of Arizona and at Penn State University. Angela Sahli returns this season as the costume designer for both shows. Audiences will remember Angela from her onstage appearances at the Playhouse in Sylvia, Plaza Suite and How the Other Half Loves, and her costumes for the last year's productions. NSU Technical Director Larry Wild will once again design the lights for both productions. The other company members will include Stage manager Erin Dahmes of Aberdeen and Technical Director Mary Holm of Pierre.
Continuing the tradition began last year, the Playhouse will once again be offering two Sunday matinees at 2 pm. There will be one matinee for You're a Good Man Charlie Brown (July 12th) and one for Leaving Iowa (July 19th). Evening performances will start at 7:30 pm. Dinner theatre options are available for the three Saturday performances. For menu details, contact the Fort. Returning for their second season of food service is Rainbow Catering of Britton.
TIckets are now available at the Fort Sisseton Visitor's Center. Seats for regular performances and the dinner theatre nights can be reserved by call the Fort at 605-448-5474 from 10 am to 6 pm daily. Tickets are $11 for adults, $27 for the dinner and show and a special $5 admission for children under 12 for You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Group rates adn season subscription discounts are avialable.
The Northern Fort Playhouse is partially supported by a grant from the South Dakota Arts Council and the 2009 season sponsor is Northtern Lights In of Britton, SD (www.northernlightsinn.net).