The Expanding Stage


Inclusive. Empowering. Extraordinary.

Through innovative partnerships, teaching artists of the Black Hills Playhouse are transforming lives through theatre programs inclusive of people with disabilities

2021 Spring Production

Show Synopsis


​An emergency meeting of the D.A.K.O.T.A. council (Distinguished Allied Kritters of the Area) has been called by Lenny the Buffalo to solve this mysterious mystery. Let the adventures begin as Lenny the Buffalo, R.N. Pheasant, Wallace Walleye, Yote Coyote and many other colorful characters go on a quest to the Rich Farmlands of South Dakota, the Badlands, the Grasslands and the Black Hills to uncover those famous faces. Finding along the way, with help from the Wise Old Water, the true identity of South Dakota’s great faces and great places.


  • Lenny the Buffalo - Jackie Reichling

  • Dakota Democrat (reporter) - Sarah Flute

  • R.N. Pheasant, the state bird - Virgil Hall

  • Yote Coyote, the state mammal - Randy Johnson

  • Patty Pasque, the state flower - Jolynn Kilber

  • Wallace Walleye, the state fish - Derick Davis

  • Honey Honeybee, the state insect - Tammy Acres

  • Sven Spruce, the state tree - Kerry Obenauer

  • Queen Corn 

  • King Wheat 

  • Guard Wheat - Michael Studer 

  • Guard Corn - Letitia Smith

  • Wildflowers - Cheryl Terry, Shirley Bucholz

  • Badlands - Mike Paulson, Rita Wibers

  • Prairie Dogs - Michael Studer, Letitia Smith

  • Northern Hills - Cheryl Terry, Shirley Bucholz

  • Southern Hills - Mike Paulson, Rita Wibers


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Two times a week, teaching artists from the Black Hills Playhouse head to Dakotabilities and work with adults with disabilities. These sessions are packed full of laughter, movement, and joy. 


Participants' choices are integral in this groundbreaking theatre education program which provides opportunities for people to become more confident in their communication and performance skills.


Three times a year, family, friends, and community members gather to celebrate the work of each class as they perform.

A note from Joe Dvorak, Director of Day Services


Since 2013, the Playhouse has partnered with the LifeScape Center for the Arts to develop programs which are accessible to children and adults with disabilities, and also inclusive of those without disabilities.


During rehearsals, teaching artists encourage creative thinking, teach participants to work in groups and help them improve communication skills. Cast members are guided through invigorating sessions which teach theatre arts in an interactive environment. 


We have witnessed life-changing moments on and off the stage and how these creative processes, performances, and connections affect the lives of the cast and crew long after the curtain has closed.  ​


Camp Bravo

The LifeScape Center for the Arts and Black Hills Playhouse are partnering to produce Camp Bravo: All-Ability Performing Arts, at Joy Ranch, near Watertown, SD, June 16-21, 2019.


Camp Bravo is designed for children and young adults of all abilities, ages 9-21. Campers spend the week exploring performing skills in a traditional outdoor camp setting while making memories to last a lifetime! Also included: horseback riding, wagon rides, archery, pontoon rides, fishing, campfires, and games - all in a completely accessible environment for campers!

Theatre classes include movement, music, and theatre – all of which can be adapted to meet the needs of each participant. The week culminates with a camp performance for family and friends.


Maximum number of campers is 40. Family accommodations or camping are available upon request – for more information contact Jamie Richardson at (605) 444-9631 by email:


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Our specialty programming that allows for people of all abilities to experience and enjoy theatre depends on the support of generous patrons. All donations are greatly appreciated


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