“Is The Matthews haunted?” 40th Anniversary!
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. (Pictures added near bottom of this post.)
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 2016. It will be performed every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday night at 7:30, starting July 5 and will run through August 3.
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 5, 6,
11, 12, 13,
18, 19, 20,
25, 26, 27,
AUG. 1, 2, 3
Tickets: $12.00 – adults, $6.00 – under 18.
Director Bert Juhrend has announced that almost ALL of the 2015 cast is returning for the 2016 season. Can we get an “Amen?” Scroll down for the cast and pictures from this year’s production.
LOGAN SULENTIC as Gary
Logan is a recent theatre major graduate from Minnesota State University, Mankato, 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 second 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.
RACHEL HOWARD as Ethel
Rachel is a recent graduate of Minnesota State University. She is thrilled to be making her first appearance on the MOH stage. Her previous roles at MSU included Amber Von Tussle in “Hairspray,” Carol in “Oleanna,” and Gabriella in “Boeing Boeing.” In her free time, she enjoys working out, writing fiction, and playing Dungeons and Dragons.
KYLIE HALL as Mary
Kylie born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Kylie thrives off the adrenaline she earns on stage. Now a fourth 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.
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 2014’s “Oliver!” 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 in two MOH community theater productions, “The Maltese Falcon Live Radio Play” and “Funny Little Thing Called Love.” He’s also MOH’s Sound Dude.
RACHEL RIDINGER as Prudence
Rachel returns for her second 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.”
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 4 years he has played various characters in the Cemetary Walk at Rose Hills Cemetary.
TARINA NYE as the Card Girl
This will be Tarina’s first year acting with The Matthews Opera House and she is very excited. Tarina has done theatre for 5 years and loves it. She is currently a sophomore at BHSU studying elementary education and can’t wait for many more adventures with acting in the years to come.
KYLE GRAVES as Reporter Peter Pen, Sheriff
Kyle will be a sophomore at BHSU in the fall studying graphic design, theatre, and telecommunications. This is his first year with The Matthews Opera House and is very happy to join this fun and talented company. This has also been Kyle’s first year with BHSU Summer Stage, where you may have seen him in the roles of Hero in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and Rob Brewster in “Playing Doctor.”
TYTUS SPIVEY as Buster
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. Moving here from Georgia taught him what Midwest life is really about!
Photos from this year’s season