WE ARE GOING BACK IN THE THEATRE IN 2022 + BUFFALO PASS DISCOUNTED TICKETS: LIMITED TIME ONLY!
So much good news.
On Our Side Siding & Insulation Project Almost Finished
We can't wait to get back into our newly sided and insulated theater this summer! The siding and insulation project is almost complete and the facility looks stunning thanks to the work of All American Siding & Windows, BHP Campus Associate Director Randy Niles, and the Physical Plant Committee headed up by Rick Giesel. We are so grateful to all who donated to this important project.
In 2009, the SD Legislature passed a bill requiring the State to issue a lease to the Black Hills Playhouse and required the Black Hills Playhouse to annually invest 5% of its operating budget into repair and maintenance of the campus. The legislation was well-intended, but by 2022 many parts of it were obsolete.
The Legislative Task Force of the BHP (Corey Brown, Tom Geu, David Barrari, Todd Brink, Shawn Lyons, Jim Hood, Rick Giesel, Ron Jeffries, and Linda Anderson) worked in tandem with the SD Department of Game, Fish & Parks on a bill to repeal the legislation. SD G, F & P recognizes all of the hard work and dollars that have gone into making significant improvements on the campus over the past decade, as well as the essential changes in management of the physical plant that have resulted in continuous improvements, well above the 5% mandate. Repeal of the legislation allows for more flexibility between SD G, F & P, and the Playhouse as we continue to work together to improve the site in Custer State Park.
Thanks to the BHP Alumni Association, SD Department of G, F, & P, Custer State Park, SD National Guard, SD Job Corp, Central States Fair, Black Hills Energy, All American Siding & Windows, USA Roofing, Gene Fennell, the Physical Plant Committee of the BHP, and many other donors and funders, we have been able to accomplish so much together.
Here are some of the projects that have been completed over the past decade thanks to our donors and partners!
Removal of unsafe buildings
Clean up to remove old equipment and appliances on campus
ADA accessibility upgrades to theater
Code upgrades to theater
New stage curtains
Water efficiency upgrades
Dorm improvements including new flooring
New fly system and rigging
New dining hall
Installation of exhaust fans
Plumbing improvements and water efficient appliances
Purchase and installation of walk-in coolers
Rebuild of walkway between upper & lower camp
New costume shop
Siding on scene shop
Construction of office in snack bar
New sound system
Dining hall porch construction
Flower gardens and landscaping
Total upgrade of electrical system in theater
Outdoor performing space for season 2021
Siding & Insulation of theater
Re-roofing of every structure on campus in 2021
Costume shop floor rebuild (in progress)