December Events at the Matthews

December 1, 2019


It’s the most wonderful time of the year! If you’re looking for some festive cheer, the Matthews has some incredible events that are sure to put you in the Christmas spirit this December.
Starting off the month, we are celebrating South Dakota Day of Giving with “A Readers’ Theater Christmas Carol.” Our talented readers’ theater group is hard at work preparing a fabulous dramatic retelling of this classic Dickens’ tale. This event is free, but a donation is suggested. All donations will go towards the renovation of our back room into a community art space. If you haven’t heard about this project, you can find out more HERE.

Santa will be visiting the Matthews during the first weekend in December and we’ll have lots of holiday crafts for the little ones! Our popular Holiday Piano Duets Bellman is back (don’t forget to get there early), and our annual Holiday High Tea has already sold out!

If you’re looking to get involved in community theater, we have not one but TWO audition opportunities happening this month. Both of our upcoming shows, the musical “Bright Star” and hilarious comedy “Dearly Beloved,” are selecting their casts!

Finally, we will end this month with a stellar performance of Holiday Jazz with Sophia Beatty. You’ll be able to enjoy cabaret-style seating, bottle service, and incredible, power-house vocals. This is not an event to miss. 

Phew! That should be everything! Make sure you scroll down to find out more!

The Matthews Staff

P.S. If you’re looking for gifts, consider supporting local artists and shopping in our gallery. We have some incredible handcrafted pieces that are just $50 and under.

“A Readers’ Theater Christmas Carol”
Dec. 3, 2019 | 7:00 PM
FREE! A donation is suggested

Celebrate South Dakota Day of Giving by hearing the story of the stingiest curmudgeon in fiction: Ebenezer Scrooge.

At 7:00 p.m. our Readers’ Theater group will be performing their own 45-minute version of this classic tale followed by traditional caroling in the Matthews Theater. Cider, hot cocoa, and cookies will be served. 

Santa and his Craftshop
Dec. 7, 2019 | 11 am – 5 pm

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, the Matthews’ gallery will be hosting holiday children’s craft activities.

Santa will also be at the Matthews from 1-4 pm in the Opera House lobby. This event is free and has a suggested age range of 3 to 14 years. Older children are also welcome

Holiday Piano Duets: Bellman Brown Bag Series
Dec. 11, 2019 | 12:00 pm

“Music for the Holidays” is the title of the annual December concert of the Spearfish Piano Duet Club on Wednesday, December 11, 12:00 noon at Matthews Opera House in downtown Spearfish. Members of the community and BHSU music students are involved in the performance and rehearsal activities, organized by Dr. Janeen Larsen. The concert is free and open to the public. Seats fill up quickly, so please arrive early.

Auditions: “Bright Star”
Community Theater Musical
December 16 & 19 | 5 – 8 pm

Black Hills State University Music Department and the Matthews Opera House announce auditions for “Bright Star,” a bluegrass musical written and composed by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell.  Auditions are open to both student and community actors and musicians and will be held at Meier Hall (BHSU) Roles are available for ten feature characters plus ensemble. Roles are open all performers in a variety of ages from fifth grade through adult.

Auditions: “Dearly Beloved”
Community Theater Comedy
December 17 & 18, 2019 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Director Max G. Merchen announced audition dates for the community theater comedy, “Dearly Beloved.” The auditions take place at 6:30-8:30 p.m., Dec. 17 and 18, in the Matthews theater.

Five men and seven women are needed. No prior experience or registration needed.

Holiday Jazz with Sophia Beatty
December 19, 2019 | 7:30 pm
$30 Table Seat | $20 Balcony

The Matthews presents Holiday Jazz with Sophia Beatty. Expect to hear some of your favorite Christmas songs, as well as many of the most popular jazz songs made famous by artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, and Billie Holiday. Sophia is normally a solo performer, but she will be backed by a full band for this special event!

Cabaret-style seating with bottle service is available!

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