“Is The Matthews haunted?”
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 theatre staple for locals and visitors alike throughout the 80s and 90s. (UPDATE: scroll down for our “call for cowpokes” announcement)
In a cooperative joint effort between The Matthews and the BHSU theatre department, “The Phantom of The Matthews Opera House” is coming back to The Matthews’ stage for the month of July 2015. It will be performed every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday night at 7:30, starting after July 4th weekend and running the rest of the month.
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 theatre first opened in 1906. We invite you to step into history, take a seat, and settle in for some great laughs and villainous hijinks.
JULY 6, 7, 8
13, 14, 15,
20, 21, 22,
27, 28, 29
Tickets: $12.00 – adults, $6.00 – under 18. CLICK link above to buy your seats!
HELP WANTED: A few good cowpokes! CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.
As of June 5, 2015, director Bert Juhrend has announced the 2015 cast of “The Phantom of The Matthews Opera House.”
CLICK HERE for photo highlights of this year’s “The Phantom of The Matthews Opera House.”
LOGAN SULENTIC as Gary
Logan is a fifth year Theatre Major at Minnesota State University, but began his college theatre career at BHSU. He recently appeared in the Black Hills Summer Stage as Otto Von Bruno in “Bullshot Crummond’ and as Luke James in “Sin, Sex and The CIA.”
MATT ADAIR AS Walter Cobblebaum
Matt is a recent graduate from BHSU and this is his first year in 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.
ELYSIA PEDERSON as Ethel
Elysia is excited to be back on the MOH stage. She is the mother of a beautiful little boy named Oliver to whom she dedicates her performances, and she would like to thank her friends and family for all of their support. She hopes you enjoy the shows!
ANNE ORBAN as Mary
Anne is a senior at BHSU and is studying journalism and hopes to one day work in public relations. This is Anne’s first production at the MOH and she is so excited. Anne is wild but enjoys long walks on the beach, training her fish Gene Shelly to dance and doing yoga.
KASSI BLUE as Ruby
Kassi is just a woman trying her best. Recently, she was the title role in “Mary Poppins”, as well as playing Nancy in last summer’s “Oliver!” She hopes to graduate in the spring with a double major in Theater and English. She would like to thank her family and friends, as well as her glorious hair, for all of their love and support. “YAS! Enjoy the show!”
JACK HUGHES as Harry, Head Wrangler
Jack just finished playing Dewey Davenport in “Guacamole Queens” & was just cast in the 2015 Theatre on the Run. He’s also MOH’s Sound Dude.
RACHEL RIDINGER as Prudence
Rachel was most recently seen on the Matthew’s Opera House stage in “The MOMolouges.” 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.”
WALTER PHARR as Lloyd Fine
Walter has been a Black Hills actor for years. He performed in the Passion Play from 1991-2008 and a number of plays here at MOH. The past 3 years he has played various characters in the Cemetary Walk at Rose Hills Cemetary.
KYLIE HALL as the Card Girl
Kylie born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Kylie thrives off the adrenaline she earns on stage. Now a third year Mass Communications major at BHSU, Kylie hopes to get back to the theater and help bring awareness to how amazing a single cast can be. Every cast becomes a family and she couldn’t ask for anything more than that.
CODY PEPITONE as Reporter, Sheriff
Cody is a senior at BHSU studying Music with a Vocal Emphasis. When he’s not busy with his music he enjoys swimming, hiking and driving though the hills. He has just finish his first year with BHSU Summer Stage and he played all the “other roles” in “Bullshot Crummond.”
TYTUS SPIVEY as Buster
Tytus is an outgoing person who loves to laugh. He is a superviser 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. Moving here from Georgia taught him what Midwest life is really about!
CONNIE HUBBARD – Piano Player
Whether sitting at the piano or acting on stage at the Matthews, Connie loves creating stories here. Most recently she acted in MOH’s 2014 Theatre on the Run. She played Logainne in the 25th Annual “Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Connie teaches German at BHSU, SDSM&T and SDSU.
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