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Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant Presents “The Little House on the Prairie”
This is your opportunity to ‘Experience the ‘Wilder’ life this Summer! The Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant welcomes you to it’s annual summer event that brings a Laura Ingalls Wilder book to life on the De Smet outdoor stage. Children can play on the hillside just like Mary, Laura, Carrie and Grace Ingalls and are invited to enjoy a free horse drawn wagon ride around the pageant grounds. This year’s presentation,tells the story of Laura growing up as her world reaches beyond her family. She is working in town, attending a party, noticing Almanzo, and teaching school all as she becomes a young lady. Please join us as we bring this unforgettable story to life! Gates open at 6:00 PM & Show begins at 8:00 PM.
The 2017 dates are: July 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23.
Over the years, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant has drawn thousands of people from all over the world to watch this theater. This portrayal of Laura’s books outdoors while viewing the scene where the stories took place gives the books even more meaning. Each summer more than one hundred volunteers combine their talents to present a family-friendly drama based on Laura’s writings. It gives the opportunity for people of all ages and from every corner of the world to gather together on the beautiful South Dakota prairie and step back into history to a time when the West was just opening up to a wave of pioneering men and women. It is the opportunity – through drama – to display and preserve the family values and pioneering spirit of the Ingalls family.
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De Smet Concert Series
The De Smet Arts Council is hosting the 2nd De Smet Concert Series on Sunday afternoons at the 'Midstate Theater' in the De Smet Event Center. Season memberships for 2017 are now available and individual tickets are available for each event as well, and go for sale two weeks prior to the concerts.
The 2017 schedule is:
April 23- Jami Lynn & Band
May 7- Jim Szana Band Trio
June 11- Cassie & The Bobs
September 10- Grace Notes
October 29- Sioux Emperians
The De Smet Concert Series is partially funded through the South Dakota Arts Council & area businesses. Visit our De Smet Area Concert Series page or call Rita Anderson at (605) 203- 0216 for information
De Smet Community Theater
Started in 2001 with the musical ‘Bee Hive’, the De Smet Community Theater group has performed over 50 performances. They have staged 10 shows to approximately 7,000 audience members in varying locations.
Some shows include “Diamond Studs’, ‘Little House of Horrors”, “Nun Sense” and several comedies. The largest show was a community and high school performance with 107 cast members performing “Fiddler On the Roof”.
The community theater was honored to be the first to present a show in their new home, "The Midstate Theater" at the De Smet Event Center that opened in June 2015. They recreated their first musical, 'Bee Hive' to sold out audiences. "Dearly Departed," the great Comedy theater production by David Bottrell & Jessie Jones was presented in January, 2016. In addition, the winning musical 'BINGO,' was presented in 2016. The 2017 Sping Musical, "Comedy Murders of 1940," will be presented on March 24, 25, 26, 31 and April 1 and 2. All Community Theater productions are under the direction of Trey Karlen, Quarterton Productions.
Piano/Instrument Lessons Are Available in the Community: Julie Bazler 854-9183, Nita Muser 854-3767, Diane Perry 546-2190
Harvey Dunn Society Annual Plein Air Event
Plein Air is an expression which means “in the open air”, and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors. That is exactly what happens the second weekend of August here in De Smet. Artists of all levels gather to enjoy fellowship and paint outside on the prairie as renowned artist Harvey Dunn had done. Artists begin their weekend of activities and competition with registration. The 9th annual Plein Air event will be from August 11- 13, 2017!
Those who love art but do not paint or draw get the opportunity to watch and learn as the artists create on. Artists from several states will be seen painting at various locations in the De Smet area. Workshops will be held for artists to learn more about painting at various locations in the De Smet area. Workshops will be held for artists to learn more about painting techniques. Everyone has the opportunity to purchase these creations at a wet sale. The event is open to the public with no admission charge and free registration. Artists: for more information, visit our Plein Air page, call Rita at (605) 203-0216 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dance Lessons- Madison Avenue Dance Studio
Madison Avenue Dance Studio offers dance lessons for ages 3 through 4th grade. Lessons begin in early September and go through May. To register, contact Brooke at email@example.com or call (605) 520-3747. You can also download registration forms at www.madisonavenuedance.com.