Northern Fort Playhouse

The Northern Fort Playhouse is a summer repertory stock company that delights regional audiences with performances in the historic south barracks building of Fort Sisseton State Park. Northern students lend their talents to every production.

2022 Season

2022 Season Program


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2022 will mark Northern Fort Playhouse's 16th season.

The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged) in maroon letters under a string of Christmas lights on a wood plank background

by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor

Directed by Kane Anderson


July 9, 15 and 23 at 7:30 p.m.

July 17 at 2 p.m.



Welcome to the Annual Holiday Variety Show and Christmas Pageant! But there's a problem: none of the acts scheduled to perform have arrived, so three civilians are pressed into service to perform the entire variety show and Christmas pageant by themselves. An irreverent yet heartwarming trip through the holidays, The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) is festive, funny, physical, family fun as these Three Wise Guys send up and celebrate our favorite holiday traditions.

A Charles Dickens Christmas in green ornate lettering over a red silhouette of three people in Victorian clothing

Book by Robert Owens Scott, Music by Douglas J. Cohen

 Lyrics by Tom Toce

Directed by Kane Anderson

Musical Direction by Ron Parker


July 8, 16 and 22 at 7:30 p.m.

July 10 at 2 p.m.


A Charles Dickens Christmas is a highly original take on A Christmas Carol that gives a fictional behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the holiday classic. Dickens attempts to provide his publisher with a Christmas story that he promised to write but keeps coming up short. With the aid of his artistic muse, Dickens faces – and comes to terms with – his own troubled youth, learning the true meaning of Christmas and finding the inspiration for his immortal holiday classic.

From the Artistic Director: It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Kane AndersonIt’s the most wonderful time of the year! The sun is out, the birds are chirping, and Santa is taking time off from tracking who is naughty and who is nice. But somehow there’s STILL so much to do! With everything else we have going on during our busy summers, don’t we deserve some yuletide tidings?


Like the Northern Fort Playhouse, the holidays are about family, togetherness, and building community. There’s nothing we love more than sharing theatre that is merry and bright. Therefore, we are so excited to share our “Christmas in July” as way to bring some celebratory fun to our much-appreciated audiences. Both of our shows bring some cool relief to the hot summer with seasonal good cheer.


In The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged), the grandest of holiday events is coming your way! This irreverent comedy takes us through the highs and lows of a holiday pageant gone awry.


In counterpoint, A Charles Dickens Christmas is a gift that keeps on giving as a musical story of how Charles Dickens wrote his famous holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. As the writer struggles to produce a masterpiece, his own past Christmases come into perspective with heartwarming results.


We hope you’ll join us for our special holiday treats, even if we are about half a year early. It’s a great time to give your loved ones the greatest gift of all - sharing live theatre from local artists.


From all of us to all of you, we wish you a year full of peace and joy!


Kane Anderson

Artistic Director



Portion of northeastern South Dakota map showing Fort Sisseton

Fort Sisseton State Park is 10 miles southwest of Lake City, S.D.

GPS address: 11907 434th Ave.  Lake City, S.D. 57247


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Northern Fort Playhouse

PO Box 129

Britton, S.D. 57430