'Beehive' opens to enthusiastic crowds

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

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Quarter-Ton Production’s presentation of the musical  “Beehive” drew standing ovations July 2-5 at all four performances in the new theater at the De Smet Event and Wellness Center.


Several opening-night audience members were heard to say they will return to see it again.


Director Trey Karlen said they had small, but enthusiastic, crowds the first three nights, but a much larger crowd for the Sunday matinee.


The new lighting system is in place.  The sound system and chairs were rented for the first production, but a permanent sound system and comfortable theater seats will be added as funds become available.


Along with 34 musical numbers, “Beehive” is a history lesson that takes the audience back in time when narrator Kristy Hubbard introduces some of the most influential female singers of the 1960s while commenting on the relationship between the changing political climate and rapidly evolving music of the decade.


There is just enough interaction between the cast and audience to put a unique and fun spin on each performance.


Five lead singers, Jenni Karlen, who was also musical director, Katlin Johnson, Lynette Paulson-Cross, Tristin Gruenhagen and Tracey Halperin, along with supporting cast members Hubbard, Bobbi Ward, Janice Schardin, Diane Clayton and Vickie Harty, all deliver stellar performances. Each singer has a different style and seems to fit the many roles they play.


Julie Bazsler accompanied the cast on piano along with local musicians Marv McCune, Bill Halverson, Mary Lee, Bernie Stoel and Haley Hubbard.


“Beehive” will show again this week at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday.


Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet News

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