ABERDEEN, S.D. – The cast members of the Northern Fort Playhouse are gearing up for the seventh season of theater at historic Fort Sisseton.
This summer’s two productions will be a vintage musical by Cole Porter, “You Never Know,” beginning Friday, July 6, and a new farce by Playhouse favorite Ken Ludwig, “The Fox on the Fairway,” beginning Saturday, July 7. Performances continue in rotation the next two weekends, ending Saturday, July 21.
This year’s company includes veteran actors Yvonne Freese of Lanesboro, Minn.; Cory Niles of Aberdeen; Seth Honerman of Sioux Falls; and Sarah Honerman of Sioux Falls. It also includes newcomers Kris Monroe of Spearfish and Haley Hubbard of De Smet.
Although new to the NFP stage, neither Hubbard nor Monroe is a stranger to theater. Hubbard has starred in several plays at De Smet High School, the De Smet community theater, the Huron community theater and several plays at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant. She also participated in oral interpretation all four years of high school. Monroe has starred in countless plays at T.F. Riggs High School in Pierre, the Pierre Grand Opera House, the Forney-Cronin Studio of Dance Arts and now NSU. He has also taken several years of dance classes.
Newcomers and veterans alike are excited to spend the summer learning and working with a talented group of individuals.
Hubbard says she is “looking forward to meeting new people and getting more acting experience.”
As an incoming freshman, Hubbard will be a new face not only on NFP’s stage, but also among her co-workers.
Similarly, Monroe is excited to work with such “an encouragingly talented group of people. The best part is, these exceptional people happen to be my friends.”
While recalling past experiences at the Fort, Freese expressed her excitement for campfires after performances, accompanied by s’mores and laughter.
Niles recalled a competitive game of flag football two summers ago: “I particularly remember how intense and competitive Yvonne Freese got,” Niles stated.
Seth Honerman’s memories are of the audience.
“It doesn’t feel like it’s work, and it’s so satisfying to hear the audience laugh and enjoy themselves through the work that we do onstage.”
The advice of the veterans for the newcomers seems concise.
Sarah Honerman advises the newcomers to “put forth their best effort and have fun. It can get stressful, but the reactions of the audience in the end are worth all the work.”
Tickets are $12 for a single show, or season tickets for two shows are $22. Tickets are available in Britton at the Tom Farber Insurance Agency, 705 Main St. (9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday), or by calling 605-467-3247. Credit cards are accepted.
Dinner theater options are available for the three Saturday performances. The Playhouse website (www.northernfortplayhouse.com
) has detailed information about menus.
The Northern Fort Playhouse is partially supported by a grant from the Britton Area Community Foundation.