2018 Season Sponsors
The University of South Dakota has provided support for all 73 years of the BHP existence and employs the Executive Director. The BHP, in turn, employs professionals and students from USD, as well as takes arts education programs to kids statewide through the Dakota Players outreach, potentially inspiring future Coyotes to study the arts in South Dakota.
Jack and Ruth Cannon were longtime supporters of the BHP and Jack, for many years, wrote reviews of shows in the Rapid City Journal about our plays. They carried on support after their passing by setting up an endowment fund at the South Dakota Community Foundation that
provides funds for our artistic programs annually.
Support is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism and the National Endowment for the Arts. Please consider advocating for funding of the NEA as it makes incredible artistic programs available to people across our nation through operating support.
Experience the tranquility of the Black Hills in log cabins, motel-style lodging, or in cozy honeymoon
cabins complete with a very private hot tub. The Powder House has been a regular stop on people’s way to the Playhouse for years.
Cute, retro-feel coffee shop in Keystone between Subway and Dairy Queen. Excellent rating on
TripAdvisor for great customer service, great food and beverages. Owner David Holmgren and his
husband Jesus Roman own the coffee shop, Dairy Queen and Subway. The BHP company looks
forward to weekly ice cream treats delivered to the campus courtesy of Dairy Queen and Holy Terror
coffee is featured in our snack bar!
Black Hills Energy serves 1.2 million customers in eight states through its mission of improving life through energy. Black Hills Energy has supported the Black Hills Playhouse for many years and is proud to be a season sponsor in 2018.
Fennell Design, Inc. has a solid reputation for its ability to handle complex, multi-phased projects
that allow building operations to continue throughout the construction process. With an extensive
background in construction and construction management, Gene Fennell, was integral in the
rebuilding of the BHP in 2011.
Custer State Park encompasses 71,000 acres of spectacular terrain and an abundance of wildlife
offering a world of adventure and fun, family activities including the Black Hills Playhouse. The park
includes Sylvan Lake Lodge, Legion Lake Lodge, Blue Bell Lodge and the State Game Lodge. It has
been the home of the Black Hills Playhouse since 1946.
HomeSlice Media is a regional media and entertainment conglomerate, including six radio stations
(93.9 The Mix, KAT Country 98.7, 100.3 The Fox, Hot 93.1, Smash Hits KKLS, and The Big 81 KBHB), a digital marketing unit (Rapid Digital Solutions), an advertising agency, a live entertainment company (HomeSlice Concerts), and an artist management firm. The diversified Black Hills-based HomeSlice Group also owns the Loud American Roadhouse in Sturgis and handles licensing for the famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
KOTA-TV, is an ABC affiliated television station owned by Gray Television, headquartered in Atlanta
Georgia. Gray owns and/or operates 93 television stations in 51 television markets reaching 6.5% of US households.
The Burke family has committed itself to providing the highest-quality banking experience in
South Dakota and has continually won customer loyalty by providing a comprehensive line of
financial services. Helping customers and communities achieve financial success is a primary
focus of Charles Burke III and his team. Since 2012, BankWest has been a major sponsor of the
Kids Go Free program, providing thousands of kids and their families the opportunity to see
live theatre at the BHP, inspiring the next generation of theatre-goers.
Built in 1886 as the Harney Peak Hotel, this historic landmark, with its reputation for fine dining,
became the showplace of Hill City. Family owned & operated for over 3 decades, the Alpine
Inn carries on this tradition. The Alpine Inn has been noted in several national & international
publications for its friendly, homey atmosphere steeped in mellow old world charm and its
Fine art photography in the Black Hills. Russell Jensen of Sage Studios is the official
production photographer of BHP shows, providing incredible archival photos of our artistic
programs. Sage Studios is a proud sponsor of the Kids Go Free program.
We are grateful for the longstanding and dedicated support of BHP education and performing
DeMersseman Jensen Tellinghuisen & Huffman, LLP, serves local, regional and national clients
in a wide range of legal practice areas. As a leading small business oriented law firm in the
Rapid City legal community since 1955, our firm has been the go-to legal counsel for individuals,
families, businesses and investors who need quality representation.
Offering innovative breakfast and dinner options. Skogen means “The Forest” in Norwegian. This
name is a nod to our heritage and our surroundings. Owners Eliza Raney (General Manager) and
Joseph Raney (Executive Chef) have worked and learned from some of the best companies in
the food service industry such as Disney and Patina Restaurant group.
Kieffer Sanitation’s experienced and professional staff serve the residents and businesses of the
greater Black Hills area from our South Dakota locations in Rapid City and Belle Fourche, and
our Wyoming location in Gillette. As the area’s solid waste management leader, Kieffer offers an
extensive inventory of containers to fit every need.
Regional Health is an integrated health care system with the purpose of helping patients
and communities live well. The organization, with headquarters in Rapid City, S.D., provides
community-based health care in more than 20 communities in two states and 32 specialty areas
SDPB is a vital community resource producing and broadcasting high-quality, commercialfree
programs and valuable community outreach projects that educate, enlighten and
entertain. SDPB is proud to support Dakota Players, a touring outreach company of the Black
Dream Design International, Inc. combines creativity, cutting edge technology and forward
thinking solutions to design for a better world. Its professional team combines engineering,
planning, land development, property management and finance to create safer and more
sustainable projects. Dream Design International supports kids and creativity through support of
Dakota Players, a touring outreach of the Black Hills Playhouse.
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. It is the largest,
rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with 45 hospitals and 289 clinics in nine
states and three countries. With 28,000+ employees, including 1,300+ physicians in more than 80
specialty areas of medicine, Sanford Health is the largest employer in the Dakotas.
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