This year’s CAST!

“Is The Matthews haunted?”  41st year!

That was and is the question for generations. This original melodrama, written by Paul Higbee,  first appeared at The Matthews in 1976 and became a summer theater staple for locals and visitors alike throughout the 80s and 90s. You’re going to love this year’s CAST!

Show Details:
Every Mon/Tues/Wed*
7:30 p.m.
July 3-Aug. 2 
*(no July 4 show)
$12 adults, $10 subscribers, $6 Youth (18 and under)

In a cooperative joint effort between The Matthews and the BHSU theater department, “The Phantom of The Matthews Opera House” is coming back to The Matthews’ stage for the month of July 2017.  It will be performed Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights at 7:30, starting July 3* and will run through August 2.  

*Note: There will NOT be a July 4 show.

Under the direction of BHSU Professor, Bert Juhrend, the performances will be staged in the beautifully restored Matthews Opera House, one of the West’s oldest and most beloved venues.  Located at 612 Main Street, Spearfish, the opera house is located on the second floor, just above The Matthews Art Gallery.  The theater first opened in 1906.  We invite you to step into history, take a seat, and settle in for some great laughs and villainous hijinks.

Performances Dates 

JULY 3, 5
10, 11, 12
17, 18, 19
24, 25, 26
AUG. 1, 2

Tickets:   $12.00 adults, $10 subscribers, $6.00 – 18 and under

2017 Cast

Kyle is an award-winning actor, choreographer, and graphic designer (most recently the 49th Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Regional Poster and Publicity). He’s a dancer and actor of twelve years, a choreographer of eight shows, and has recently discovered his passion for directing and playwriting. This is his second summer performing in “Phantom,” previously Peter Penn and the Sheriff, and he couldn’t be more excited to return with much of last year’s talented cast. He’s a busy man and will be continuing his studies in graphic design, theater, and telecommunications in the fall while working as the newest staff member here at the Matthews.

Born and raised in Alaska, Kylie Hall moved to South Dakota to pursue her college degree and spend time with her family. With her bachelor’s degree in one hand and her one-year-old daughter holding the other, Kylie dreams of returning to her acting roots. Performing for the third time this summer in the “Phantom of the Matthews Opera House,” Kylie looks forward to performing with the tight-knit cast and giving audiences a reason to laugh and smile.

MATT ADAIR AS Walter Cobblebaum
Matt is a graduate from BHSU and in his third year as the villain, Walter Cobblebaum. He is also in this third year with BHSU’s Summer Stage. You may recognize him from his roles in “Dog Sees God,” or Bert from “Mary Poppins.” He hopes to delve into the Spearfish theater scene, thanks to his new found freedom.

A recent BHSU graduate, Kayla is looking forward to what the future has in store. This will be her first year with The Matthews Opera House and she couldn’t be happier to spend it with such an amazing cast. Her favorite thing in the world is to draw and that’s what she plans to spend the rest of her life doing.

This will be Tarina’s second year performing in “The Phantom of the Matthews Opera House.” She is thrilled to be doing it again. Tarina is no longer the card girl but takes on the part of Ruby. She is going into her junior year at BHSU and majoring in elementary education with a middle school minor. Tarina’s been a part of theater for six years and can’t wait for more.

JACK HUGHES as Head Cowboy Wrangler
Jack just finished playing in several MOH community theater productions, “The Last Roundup of the Guacamole Queens,” “The Maltese Falcon Live Radio Play,” and “Funny Little Thing Called Love.” He’s also MOH’s Sound Dude. Jack is head web developer at TDG Agency in Deadwood.

Rachel returns for her third year as Prudence. She would like to thank her son, Jesse, for putting up with all her singing in the car, her boyfriend for supporting her Netflix addiction, and to her parents, because “they are just awesome.”

TYLER SCHONE as Lloyd Fine
Tyler is a BHSU English major from Sturgis, South Dakota. This is his first time performing in “The Phantom of the Matthews Opera House,” but has performed in many plays with BHSU Theater in previous semesters. He is also an Irene Ryan nominee for the upcoming Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival competition in January.

LANAYA YOUNG as the Card Girl
As a junior at BHSU for the coming 2017-18 school year, Lanaya will be hard at work for her degree in K-12 special education. She first began her theatrical career as a sophomore in high school and, 6 years later, has come to love it more and more each day. This will be her debut with the Matthews Opera House.

J.D. SCHROEDER as Reporter Peter Penn, Sheriff
This is JD’s first year performing at the Matthews Opera House. JD is a theater major at BHSU and is in his junior year this fall. You may have seen JD in roles during the past BHSU semesters as Katurian (“Pillowman”), Trent (“Non-Player Character”) and Timmy (“Hand to God”). JD was nominated for an Irene Ryan Award for his performance in “Hand to God” and will be going to Iowa to compete in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in January.

Tytus is an outgoing person who loves to laugh. He is a supervisor at The Lodge at Deadwood and loves it there. The theater is his pride. Tytus loves falling into a persona that’s different than his own. His most recent roles were six different characters in MOH’s community theater production of “Greater Tuna.” Moving here from Georgia taught him what Midwest life is really about.

JULIE VANDRIEL working as Technician
This is Julie’s first year with the Matthews Opera House. She has been involved with the theater for about eight years but found her love of working backstage and behind the scenes five years ago. Julie is excited to work with this show this year and can’t wait to see what new adventures arise.