Sioux Empire Community Theatre's volunteer-driven productions showcase acclaimed dramatic works for adults and kid-friendly plays for families. During the 2011–2012 SECT season, Driving Miss Daisy (February 17–March 4) spans a quarter century in America's Deep South as Miss Daisy Werthan learns to overcome her racial prejudice while adjusting to a chauffeur who isn't Morgan Freeman. The titular barber of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd (May 4–20) shaves and sings his way through London, and the Bratter newlyweds adjust to the tribulations of marriage and Manhattan in Neil Simon's comic hit Barefoot in the Park (October 28–November 13). Parents can chuckle alongside two tots as Jeremy Jacob sets sail with Captain Braid Beard in How I Became a Pirate (March 15–25), the Stage Adventures Club’s high-seas romp of buried treasure, infectious musical numbers, and insightful PowerPoint presentations on drift-net fishing laws in international waters. Pre-K to eighth-grade theater enthusiasts can also hone different aspects of the dramatic craft in workshops hosted by the Stage Adventures Club. During different sessions, preadolescents discover techniques of musical production, the secrets of acting for the camera, or the art of demanding beds made out of Lunchables for their dressing rooms.
The blender operators at Juice Stop power bodies and please taste buds with a menu of smoothies and juices made from real fruits and vegetables. Blades slice through pineapple bits, blending in sherbet, yogurt, and coconut to create the Double Dribble smoothie, and the 4x8 smoothie combines skim milk, yogurt, honey, peanut butter, and bananas for liquid sustenance ($3.44–$4.44). Each thick beverage includes a free nutrient boost such as the daily blend, with 51 vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that supplement nutrition, or the intensity blend, with creatine, potassium, and phosphates to power trips to Europe via row boat. Drinkable salads in the form of veggie-combo juices combine carrots with other healthy options such as parsley, apples, and spinach ($3.69–$4.91), and just-crushed oranges tickle tongues with a sweet juicy tang ($3.97–$5.14). Hands grip hot drinks, warming fingers with the Top Shelf—apple and cranberry juice brewed with cloves and cinnamon—or the Alpine Slide, a cascade of mint and hot chocolate pouring over a scoop of vanilla yogurt ($2.80–$2.95).
The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, led by critically acclaimed music director Delta David Gier, makes virtuosic musical vibrations accessible to symphonic sound-seeking eardrums. Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, (The Song of the Earth), is a song-and-string interpretation of seven ancient Chinese poems. The six-movement symphony, which lasts about 65 minutes, has been described as Mahler’s most personal work. It is theorized that Mahler was taken by the poems' descriptions of the simultaneous beauty and transience of earthly existence and the secret method for training gerbils to windsurf.
Led by Emmy-winning singer-songwriter Shaun Johnson, the Big Band Experience melts hearts with warm, full-sounding numbers that evoke the swinging style of legends such as Frank Sinatra. Johnson's rising trajectory, which stretches back to childhood performances in a brother-sister a capella duo, includes a run with nationally recognized quartet Tonic Sol-fa, whose harmonic vocals have caressed the airwaves on The Today Show and PBS.
The Ballroom is the dancing brain baby of Denise Aamlid, who graduated with a dance minor in 1981 and has been helping folks two-step their way through life ever since. Friday-night open dances include 20 minutes of instruction on the dance style of the week, anything from swing and the cha-cha to the tango and waltz. Following the introductory lesson, you and your partner will dance to handpicked tunes for an hour and a half, providing a full night of lively dancing fun. Partners don't change at Friday-night open dances, so you won't have to worry about wrapping your arms around the neighborhood garbage can filled with baby raccoons. The card you'll get with this Groupon can be used by more than one person; it allows both you and a partner to get in for the reduced rate. Check the schedule to find a date that works for you.