Stay at Home Sellout

A Fundraiser for the Matthews Opera House


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This time of social distancing has been difficult for arts organizations like the Matthews Opera House. A few weekends ago, we would have been celebrating the opening of “Stepping Out,” but instead our historic theater seats remained empty.

But art doesn’t stop just because we can’t have events. There are still many local artists creating, local musicians singing, and local actors just itching to get back to the spotlight. Through our gallery and virtual events, we have been able to share some of these works with you, but we need your help to make sure we can keep doing what we’re doing now and in the future.

That’s why, on May 5, we are putting together a special Giving Tuesday NOW fundraiser! We want to have a “sold out” show, even if no one will actually be in our theater. How will this work? Here are the details:

  1. Anyone willing to donate will be able to “purchase tickets” to our fundraiser event. Each seat will be $15 and you can even choose your favorite seats! IMPORTANT: There will not be a physical event. Each $15 ticket purchase will be treated as a donation.
  2. You can purchase tickets either online, by calling 605.642.7973, or by stopping by the gallery during business hours (10 am – 5 pm, Tuesday – Saturday). $15 donations sent online will have a $1.50 processing fee. No fee will be added to “ticket” donations purchased via phone.
  3. You will get a confirmation email thanking you for your contribution. Reply to this email with a selfie picture of you and your family. 
  4. On Tuesday, May 5, we will be putting pictures of the families who purchase seats on the seats they purchase and publishing pictures to social media throughout the day.

If we can sell out the entire auditorium (all 283 seats), we will bring in over $4000 to support the arts in the Spearfish area!

At the end of the day, around 7:30 p.m., we will celebrate by releasing our second episode of MOH at Home: Virtual Songbook. We have some incredible South Dakota musicians who are excited to share their music with you. 

Thank you all for your support! And while we can’t see you in our theater for a while, we hope to see your photo on a seat on Tuesday, May 5.


Date and Time:


Tuesday, May 5, 2020


8:00 am - 7:30 pm


Each $15 ticket purchase is considered a donation




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  • South Dakota Arts Council
  • Pioneer Bank
  • Prairie Hills Transit
  • Spearfish Insurance Brokerage
  • BHSU Dept of Fine Arts
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