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Black Hills Playhouse


PIERRE, S.D. - Heading into the “backwoods” doesn’t usually involve high quality theater productions performed by professional actors and artists; but at the Black Hills Playhouse, that is exactly what theater-goers discover.

Nestled amongst the Black Hills in Custer State Park, the theater is located near famous attractions such as Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Crazy Horse Memorial and can be found via favorite scenic roads such as Needles Highway and Iron Mountain Road.

Each summer, theater professionals, students and enthusiasts flock to the Black Hills to participate in and watch a variety of musical, comedy and drama productions. Previous productions included “Godspell” and “Run for Your Wife”. July and August productions include the “The Drowsy Chaperone” and “The Three Musketeers”.

A Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) project, the Black Hills Playhouse is one of the oldest summer stock theaters in the country.  In 1946, the theater program director at the University of South Dakota brought a troupe of student actors to the Black Hills to perform at various theaters. They stayed at the old CCC camp and returned to perform there in the following years. Since then, the theater has grown to become the renowned program it is today.

The ambiance of the theater is an unusual combination of beautiful wood beams and low balconies that makes for an enchanting experience and seats 300 patrons- and there isn’t a bad seat in the house. Visitors to the Black Hills will enjoy the memorable opportunity to sit back and enjoy the show at the Black Hills Playhouse.