(605) 939-0189  Barb Evenson
(605) 341-5940 Darla Lerdal



Think about public funding for community art and music programs the next time you have a chance to speak to someone in power!

Imagine Nation

  Theater Camp

Mon-Sat, January 16-21

begins Martin Luther King Jr. Day
@ the Dahl
713 Seventh St, Rapid City SD

50 wild parts for 50 crazy kids

Stretch your imagination & warm up your wits!


with kickin’-cool parts


for every skill & experience level


kindergarten--8th grade


full-scale musical production


monsters, pirates, a talking dog, birds,
sound & lighting, Izzy & Tizzy


work with professional actors




Tuition: $0 to $25

Pay-What You-Will (Seriously!)  *****

 Pay-What-You-Will made possible by generous support from a grant through the South Dakota Arts Council;
a grant from Senator Stanford M. Adelstein through Allied Arts Fund; Rapid City Arts Council at the Dahl;
and Backroom Productions.

Kids must be available for all
Rehearsals & Performances

Jan. 16 - 21, Mon-Fri, 4pm-8:30pm & Saturday, 1pm-3pm


Mon, Jan 16 4pm Auditions
  followed by first rehearsal

Tues-Thur Rehearsals

Not all cast members are needed at every session,
but must be available. Specific schedule for each part
will be distributed after casting on Monday

Friday 4pm Dress rehearsal

Friday 7pm Performance
Saturday 2pm Performance

Plan to attend with the whole family.
Tickets: Pay-What-You-Will



Dear Parents,

Auditions for the Dakota Players production of Imagine Nation will be held on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 16th at 4pm, at The Dahl Arts Event Center.

Up to 50 local youth, Kindergarten through 8th grade are assured roles in Imagine Nation, where a boring family reunion is looming over Brother, Sister and Little Brother until imaginations run wild with the help of new found cousins, purple-yellow-polka-dotted monsters from Loopiter, and the Prairie Pirate…Hercules of the Imagine Nation who challenges his young charges to stretch their imaginations and warm up their wits. 

There are suitable parts designed for every age, skill, and experience level.  In addition to the on-stage roles, there are also children needed that will assist the directors and learn how to operate sound and lighting equipment.  Two professional actors with Dakota Players will guide Rapid City’s young talent through an exciting week of putting a full-scale musical production together.

Children wishing to audition should arrive by the scheduled starting time and plan to stay for the entire two-hour audition session.  NO ADVANCE PREPARATION IS NECESSARY.  Although there are many roles, not everyone who auditions is guaranteed a part in the play. Registration is Pay-As-You-Will from $25 to $0, what you can afford, what you think its worth.

The first rehearsal begins approximately 30 minutes after the auditions.

Rehearsals will take place every day from 4pm to 8:30pm at The Dahl Arts Center.  Although not all cast members will be needed at every session, those auditioning must have a clear schedule for the entire week and if selected, be able to attend all rehearsals for their role.  A detailed rehearsal schedule is distributed at the conclusion of the auditions.  Cast members scheduled to attend both sessions in one day will be asked to bring a sack dinner or snack. 

The performance(s) will be held on Friday, January 20 at 7pm and Saturday, January 21st at 2pm at The Dahl Arts Event Center.  Cast members will be called to the performance location 1 hour before performance(s).  All those cast MUST be available for all scheduled performances.

The tour team arrives with all necessary sets, costumes, lights and sound system.

This residency in Rapid City is made possible by Backroom Productions with support provided the South Dakota Arts Council with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism and State Development, and the National Endowment for the Arts and made possible in part by a grant from Senator Stanford M. Adelstein through Allied Arts Fund.

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