The Phantom of The Matthews Opera House

Summer Theater Comedy Melodrama. Every Mon, Tues, Wed. in July.


$12 adults / $6 Youth (18 and under)
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Is The Matthews haunted?

That has been the question for generations.

Summer in the Black Hills is the best! With the return of the comedy melodrama, “The Phantom of The Matthews Opera House,” new traditions for friends and family are created.  This show was written for us by Paul Higbee in 1976 and first performed 43 years ago. Good old-fashioned belly laughs come from this wonderful cast of students from Black Hills State University’s theater department. You’re going to love the heckling cowboys and vivacious card girl!

Heckling | Cheering | Family Fun

Follow the card girl’s appropriately timed signs! Kids (and plenty of adults) will love cheering for the hero and booing the bad guy. We have unruly, heckling cowboys, snooty church ladies, a nasty villain, his floozy girlfriend (with a heart of gold), a zany maintenance guy, and of course, Mary and Gary–America’s sweethearts.

We Have Beverages!

Grab your family and friends and make a night of it.  We even have cold beverages at the beer & wine cash bar — water and soft drinks too!

Historic Charm

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.

Mary and Gary–America’s sweethearts

Sponsored by…

Thank you to the sponsors that help us bring art shows, plays, concerts, and other live entertainment acts to The Matthews.  We couldn’t do it without you.

KEVN Black Hills, South Dakota Arts Council, Great Western Bank, Killian’s Tavern, Black Hills Pioneer, City of Spearfish, DeSmet and Biggs, LLP, Forcoli & Sons Painting, Wolff’s Plumbing & Heating, Inc., Lucky’s 13 Pub, Spearfish Holiday Inn, Spearfish Motors, The Real Estate Center of Spearfish, Zonta Club of Spearfish, Optimist Club of Spearfish, The Matthews’ family, The Kelley family — CLICK HERE to visit these sponsors’ business websites.

Would your business like to become a sponsor?  CLICK HERE to learn more.


Date and Time:


Monday, July 1, 2019


7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


$12 adults / $6 Youth (18 and under)



612 Main Street
Spearfish, 57783 United States
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Our Sponsors

KEVN Black Hills Fox
Holiday Inn
Black Hills Pioneer
Sanford Underground Research Facility
  • QuikSigns
  • Pioneer Bank
  • Mitchell's Barber Shop
  • Prairie Hills Transit
  • BHSU Dept of Fine Arts
  • DeSmet and Biggs, LLP
  • Redwater Kitchen
  • Spearfish
  • Spearfish Insurance Brokerage
  • South Dakota Arts Council