Category Archives: Theater

Civic Center STOMPing Grounds

STOMP is explosive, pro­vocative, sophisticated, sexy, utterly unique and appeals to audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has gar­nered an armful of awards and rave reviews, and has appeared on numerous na­tional television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps-to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms.

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Shade Tree holding open auditions

All area students age 7-18 are invited to attend Shade Tree Players open auditions! In order to ensure a quality theatrical experience for all participants, STP is able to accommodate only the first 300 registrants to its 2012 program. Performance registrants must audition for at least 3 productions but will only be cast in 1. If registrants choose to audition for less than 3 productions they are not guaranteed a role in any show. All performance registrants 12 years or older also have the option to register for the technical program for an additional fee. Technical program registrants are not required to register for a performance audition and for safety reasons only the first 25 technical registrants will be accepted. Registrants 12-18 are welcome to audition for the Traveling Troupe exclusively.

Auditions are Saturday April 28 and Sunday April 29. All registrants will be issued a confirmation after completion of online registration. Pre registration is required. All three forms are now available on the website, Each registrant must complete and submit the program, audition date & time and payment forms.

South of Canada Comedy Tour

Dakota Stage Ltd. is proud to present The South of Canada Comedy Tour! With hilari­ous opener Mark Dawson, hysterical headliner Lukas Seely, and two additional side-splitting enter­tainers, this laugh out loud night of top notch standup comedy is a can’t miss. Continue reading

Keane coming to Bismarck for poetry reading

Erin Keane is the author of two collections of poetry, Death Defying Acts and The Gravity Soundtrack. Photo courtesy of

Bismarck Downtown Artist Co-op will host a poetry reading at 7 p.m. on Wed. March 28.

Erin Keane will be reading, as well as local poet Adam Jenkins. The University of Mary’s Language and Literature Department and the North Dakota Humanities Council are sponsoring the reading. There will also be artwork on display created by BDAC artists inspired from Erin Keane’s latest collection of poetry, Death Defying Acts. Bismarck Downtown Artist Co-op is located at 222 N 4th St.

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Dakota Stage falls down the Rabbit Hole

By PI Staff

Dakota Stage Ltd. is proud to present Rabbit Hole, the beautiful, breathtaking, Pulitzer Prize winning play, now a major motion picture with Nicole Kidman. Starring a solid cast of familiar DSL faces including Melissa Schumacher and Mark Kuntz, and directed by David Puma, this touching and thoughtful production is not to be missed. One of the goals for Dakota Stage this year was to present new plays that had not previously been shown in Bismarck.

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Cirque comes to Bismarck

Pop Goes the Rock comes to Bismarck in March. Courtesy of

Pop Goes the Rock by Cirque Dreams – is coming to the Bis­marck Civic Center, March 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Pop Goes the Rock by Cirque Dreams is a new musical of unexpected sights and sounds that explode on stage like a Rock n’ Roll party set in a carnival fun­house. This one-of-a-kind variety show spans decades and unites generations. Re-live popular and timeless tunes with a kaleidoscope of Cirque Dreams talent, extravagant costumes and theatrical mayhem. An international cast of sing­ers, dancers, acrobats and musicians inspire crazy feats and off-the-hook beats on stage, in the air and way off the charts. Enjoy this fabulous show as part of the Broadway series at the Civic Cen­ter. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Bismarck Civic Center box office.

Shade Tree Players presents Rumpelstiltskin

Shade Tree Players in conjunc­tion with the Bismarck Public School SIP’s program is proud to present Rumpelstiltskin, the funny and fantastical fable, presented as a contemporary musical based on the classic tale. Starring a diverse and dynamic cast and directed by Anne Jorgenson Green, Rumpelstiltskin will surely be a delight for children of all ages.

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Cirque Dreams puts a new “twist” on musical acrobatics with Pop Goes the Rock

Pop Goes the Rock comes to Bismarck in March. Courtesy of

Pop Goes The Rock By Cirque Dreams will make its Bismarck debut at the Bismarck Civic Center for one performance only on Tuesday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Pop Goes The Rock is the newest musi­cal stage spectacle from Cirque Dreams and the mind of Neil Goldberg, creator of the groundbreaking Broadway hit “Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy” and the famed Cirque Dreams entertainment brand.

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BSC theater students win regional award

(L-R) Jesse Schumaker, Alex Johnson, Dean Bellin, Cody Walker

Bismarck State College technical theater students took first p lace in the Stage Crew Show­down Jan. 16-21 at the Kennedy Center Ameri­can College Theater Festi­val (KCACTF) Region V competition at Iowa State University.

The BSC team swept ahead of 14 four-year uni­versities and another two-year college in the contest. Continue reading

You’d be INSANE to miss Dakota Stage’s new production

Dakota Stage Ltd. is proud to present One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the classic dra­matic comedy that’s a favorite of page, stage and screen.

Starring DSL veterans George C. Welder as Harding, Austin J. Flemmer as McMurphy and Amber Rae Bernhardt as Nurse Ratched, featuring other familiar faces Amanda Pitzer, David Hagler and El J. Arntson, and under the direction of DSL Artistic Director Brian Brady, audi­ences would have to be CRAZY to miss this production.

This show contains mature themes and strong language and is not recommended for anyone under the age of 18.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest per­formances are at 7:30 p.m. on Wednes­days through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays from January 26 through Febru­ary 5. Continue reading