Theater in the Parks

Bring your lawn chair, blankets, and come see great live theater in our beautiful parks system. Since all shows are outside, they are weather dependent. Performance will be cancelled if there is inclement weather prior to showtime. All shows are free to the public.

Opera South Dakota Presents The Breman Town Musicians

Eddie Pensier, a rooster with operatic aspirations is chased away from his farm for waking the barnyard with tenor arias. On the very same day, Baracarolle, the dog, and Dorabella, the cast, are cast out by their owner for being too old to catch rabbits and mice. The three animals run into the woods near the road to Bremen where General Boom, a retired army donkey, is marching along playing his drum. Working together as a team they overcome difficult circumstances and the newly formed Bremen Town Musicains celebrate the idea that friendship, cooperation, and respect for others is far better than facing problems alone.
This show will incorporate children into the performance. Register for Children’s Opera Camp to join in the fun onstage!

McKennan Park Bandshell

JUN 21  Thu 7 p.m.
JUN 22   Fri 10 a.m.
JUN 22   Fri 7 p.m.

Bare Bodkins Presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream

After the success of their 20th anniversary production of Macbeth, Bare Bodkins is excited to offer audiences one of Shakespeare’s most crowd-pleasing comedies: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The lives-and problems- of lovers, fairies, and a bunch of amateur actors hilariously collide in this fast-paced and hilarious midsummer romp through the forest. A Midsummer Night’s Dream has something for everybody: romance, mistaken identity, and of course plenty of mischief and magic. Bare Bodkins 21st season promises to offer much to Shakespeare fans old and new.

The 90 minute performance will take place in the ruins of the Queen Bee Mill at Falls Park. Seating is on metal bleachers with very limited room for those needing assistance to sit in lawn chairs. All tickets are free, but seating is limited. First come, first seated. Tickets will be handed out starting at 6 p.m. the night of the performance.

Queen Bee Mill at Falls Park

JUL 5  Thu 7 p.m.  
JUL 6  Fri 7 p.m.  
JUL 7  Sat 7 p.m.  
JUL 8  Sun 7 p.m.  
JUL 11  Wed 7 p.m. 
JUL 12   Thu 7 p.m. 
JUL 13  Fri 7 p.m.  
JUL 15  Sun 7 p.m.  

Ephemeral Productions presents Broadway and Beyond

Ephemeral Productions “Broadway and Beyond!” brings the magic of New York City to McKennan Park stage in this exciting performance for the whole family! From Disney’s Frozen and Moana to classics such as Crazy for You, Annie, and Guys and Dolls, the stage will come alive in story, song and dance. Join us as we celebrate some of the Sioux Empires most talented performers ages 8-80 in a performance you won’t forget!

McKennan Park Bandshell

JUL 27  Fri 10 a.m. 
JUL 27  Fri 7 p.m.  
JUL 28  Sat 7 p.m. 
JUL 29  Sun 2 p.m.  

Discovery Mime Classics

Discovery Movement Theatre is a professional performing company based in Vermillion South Dakota. Highly trained movement specialists, they are Artists-In-Residence at the University of South Dakota, are recipients of numerous grants and awards, and have been on the South Dakota Arts Council touring program since 1984. DMT’s mime shows are fast-paced, colorful, fun, and easily accessible. Using the magical art of mime, Brian and Mary weave tales that tickle the funny bone and touch the heart. Designed for all ages, DMT is perfect for small children, families, seniors, and everyone else too!

McKennan Park Bandshell

AUG 9  Thu 7 p.m.  
AUG 10  Fri 10 a.m.  
AUG 10   Fri 7 p.m.