Annual Appeal



Annual Appeal

November 2019


Dear Friends of the BHP,


During the cold and dark of winter, Black Hills Playhouse staff and volunteers work diligently to prepare for the upcoming year. We hope you remember the warmth of summer visits to our theater, the joy of children participating in a Dakota Players musical or attending BHP Jr. Camps, and people with disabilities performing for family and friends, many participating in theatre for the first time in their lives. 

Remember the old song, You Are My Sunshine? Just like our favorite star, Playhouse donors are the center of our universe. Please consider the Black Hills Playhouse as part of your year-end giving which allows the BHP to give back through top-shelf regional theatre performances and innovative statewide theatre education opportunities. We look forward to celebrating the 75th Season of the Black Hills Playhouse with you. 

Because of our friends, we accomplished a great many things in 2019:  

  1. An incredibly successful season with 68 performances enjoyed by nearly 17,000 people. This number includes more than 400 kids whose families took advantage of the BankWest Kids Go Free Program.  

  2. A popular Tuesday matinee turned out to be a preferred option for many Playhouse patrons. 

  3. A company member, Kenzy Henderson, helped produce 20 short videos highlighting the artistic work that goes on behind the scenes for our BHP Facebook page resulting in a 300% increase in social media visits. 

  4. Thanks to the talent of our groundskeeper, Jeff Kingsbury, and the Custer Mile High Garden Club, additional landscaping and flower gardens added to the beauty of our glorious location.

  5. Dakota Players, the touring theatre company of the Black Hills Playhouse, traveled to 37 schools and communities last year impacting approximately 7955 students and audience members statewide. 

  6. The BHP joined forces with DakotAbilities and LifeScape in Sioux Falls to produce 6 productions inclusive of people with disabilities, bringing 76 special needs children & adults to the stage and over 1100 family and community members to the shows. 

  7. The revamp of the snack bar saw new menu items, improved displays for merchandise, and faster service with new point-of-sale equipment provided by BHP alums Walt & Raeanna Gislason and business advice from the Holy Terror Coffee guys.

  8. 22 students from low-income families received tuition assistance for BHP JR. Camps thanks to a match challenge from Ray & Mary Burnett and donors to the STAR IS BORN campaign. Since 2017 over 350 future artists have attended performing arts camps!

  9. 53 new heating units were added to our dorms through generous donors to the HEATWAVE campaign and we replaced aging stairs on our two-story dorms with new ones.


For these efforts and many more, our donors can take bragging rights. Simply put, our growth and success are due to your gifts. We need you, our donors, to brighten up the darkest months of winter by giving to this important year-round work which results in stellar productions, innovative education opportunities, and theatre for diverse populations. 

Our world revolves around you. 



Your Friends at the Black Hills Playhouse


P.S. You can donate with the enclosed form, by calling our office at 605 255-4910, or by donating online. Recurring gifts that bring cash in monthly to support our programs are especially beneficial. Thanks!



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The Black Hills Playhouse, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to deliver exceptional theatre programs that engage diverse people and strengthen South Dakota communities.

Box Office: 605.255.4141

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24834 S. Playhouse Road,

Custer, SD 57730

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