Curtain Rises on The Who’s Tommy

Black Hills Community Theatre returns to the stage
Published: May. 6, 2021 at 9:06 AM MDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - Black Hills Community Theatre is making a return to live performances with a concert presentation of the rock opera The Who’s Tommy.

Come on the amazing journey of a boy who is struck deaf, dumb and blind after a traumatic experience as a young child and goes on to become an international pinball superstar. Audiences will enjoy such hits as “I’m Free”, “Amazing Journey” and “Pinball Wizard”.

The production was originally slated to be performed in March 2020, but was cancelled only a few days before it was supposed to open due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The concert version of the show is a fully produced performance with limited staging that allows social-distancing between actors and puts the focus squarely on the story and the music. Tickets are limited to accommodate social distancing and masks are required.

When: May 7, 8, 14, and 15 at 7:30pm; May 9 and 16 at 2:00pm

Where: Historic Theater, The Performing Arts Center of Rapid City

Tickets: From $21-$30; Available at the Performing Arts Center Box Office, by phone only at 605-394-1786 beginning April 9th. Monday-Friday 12pm-5pm

The Who’s Tommy is directed by BHCT Artistic Director Zach Curtis, who is directing a production of this musical for the third time in his 20+ year directing career. This will be Curtis’ last directing project with BHCT before he moves to New York at the end of June to take on a position with Chenango River Theatre.

The cast of local actors is led by Eli Corbett as Tommy, Si Issler as Mrs. Walker, Jason Knox as Captain Walker, Tyler Millslagle as Uncle Ernie, Ben Villa as Cousin Kevin, Charlotte Grey as 4 Year Old Tommy, and Isla Woodruff as 10 Year Old Tommy. The multi-talented ensemble consists of Alicia Blanchard, Kaitlin Buchholz, Zach Curtis, Michelle Martinson, Marty Minihan, Holly Knox Perli, Trevor Ryan, Leslie Hencke Villa, Noah Westergaard, and Kory Yamada. BHCT’s production also includes a live band featuring Music Directors Meredith Meersman and Greg Brandriet and local musicians Tom Gorder, Scott Graybill, James Randle, Nick Ries, Lon Schnittgrund, and Rob Weschler.

This production contains adult situations.

The Who’s Tommy will be the first live show at the Performing Arts Center of Rapid City in Black Hills Community Theatre (BHCT)’s 53rd season after a year of virtual events. BHCT typically produces five Mainstage shows, two youth productions, an annual Dinner Theatre Fundraiser, a Play Reading Series, plus workshops, special events and summer theater camps.

The mission of BHCT is to inspire, entertain, and educate the Black Hills community through quality theatre with a vision to be an inclusive and diverse community of people pursuing excellence in the theatre arts.

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