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Virtual Performance April 9, 7:30 PM*
Pay What You Can
(Suggested Donation: $25.00)
An optimistic smorgasbord of original all-ability music, dance, song, poetry, theatre, and painting reflecting hope. This digital offering can be viewed from the safety and comfort of your living room.
Featuring 23 all-ability performers.
Written in part by:
"JJ," James Janis, B. Hannah Riley,
Angela Rykhus, and Enya Wallace.
Composed by:
Andrew Grace, Sarah Hanzel,
and Jami Lynn Olson with Tyler Brink, Mike Lemay and Enya Wallace.
Sara Olivier, Karah Haug, Alie Martin,
and Katelinn Ohrtman 
Production Design and Direction:
Heather Pickering
Cinematography and Editing:
Randal Iverson of Iverson Productions
Lighting Design: John Easton, Jr.
According to psychologist, Charles R. Snyder, "Hope has been shown to make people happy, broaden and build minds, improve social relationships, strengthen immune systems, relieve stress, and motivates positive reactions that will lead to positive results." The idea of hope has been an inspiration to many artists, and it is a part of every human, seated in our souls, propelling us forever forward. Join us for a hope-filled evening.
*Tickets must be reserved online by
Friday, April 9, at 7:30 PM.
Once a reservation has been made, one will be provided with a link to view this production at one's leisure until April 30, 2021.
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The Chair Is Not Me Art Show

May and June 2021

Homestake Opera House

Lead, SD

March  2022

Matthews Opera House

Spearfish, SD

FREE Admission

Sponsored by:

The National Endowment for the Humanities


The Perfect Hanging Gallery

     "The Chair Is Not Me," written by "JJ," James Janis is a collection of twenty-one poems about life experiences and challenges as a diversely abled individual.

     JJ grew up between the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and Rapid City, South Dakota. Born with cerebral palsy, complicated with several other conditions, he was only expected to live 12 hours, but 60 years later he is still here! Writing is one of the things that sets JJ free from his disabilities and allows him to escape.

     Eleven of his poems are accompanied by mixed media illustrations by ten artists of diverse abilities and cultures.

      The collection seeks to advocate for individuals with diverse abilities through the exploration of disabilities and the culture surrounding disabilities, the human condition, life on Pine Ridge, and communication.

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Uncontained: Beyond the Box is a timely and poignent collection of vignettes that humerously  explore the literal and metaphorical way that individuals are boxed in. This relevant collection, written in part by individuals with disabilities, explores ambitions, limitations, advocacy,

and the playful imagination of children.

This original, all-ability piece of

dance theatre will be

Directed and Designed by Heather Pickering, Composed by Andrew Grace,

and Choreographed by Sara Olivier. 



June 20 and 21 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Flutter Productions Rehearsal Studios

3603 Range Road 

Far West Entrance/Blue Awning


July 29, 30 and 31 at 7:30 PM 

Studio Theatre

Performing Arts Center of Rapid City

Updated 3/29/21:


How we will cast and perform the show is evolving based on CDC Guidelines.  

A variety of dancers and movers of all abilities,

age 9 and up, are currently being sought. 

There is one speaking role in the production,

with the potential for more.

Auditions will consist of one, or all three of the following: movement/dance, improv,

and/or acting.  

Please come appropriately dressed

and prepared to move. 

As we draw closer to auditions, additional audition instructions, and audition forms will be made available here.


Everyone entering our facility is required to

wear a face mask at all times,

use hand sanitizer,

and practice social distancing.  


We will perform with or without an audience

July 29, 30, and 31 in the Studio Theater.

If we are unable to safely host an audience,

we will film July 29 - 31,

and digitally share in August.

Our goal is to return to the stage, but we wish to do so with safety in mind for our performers, staff, volunteers, and audiences.

As the pandemic evolves so will our plans for auditions and performances. 

Please be patient with us and understand

that this information might change.

We recommend checking back

in for continued updates. 

Exploring the human endeavor
     Flutter In the News
August 2, 2017: 
Flutter Productions received a Creating Humanities Communities Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the  Humanities.  Flutter  Productions , in partnership with the University of South Dakota School of Medicine will hold performances and  facilitated discussions that probe the history and culture of people with disabilities through the disciplinary lens of disability studies. 
National Endowment for the Humanities interprets the past, engages the present, and informs the future. We are the stories, ideas, and words that help us make sense of our lives and our world. We’re engaging people we’ve never met, visiting new places, and discovering ideas that have never crossed our minds. By connecting with ourselves and with others, we are exploring the human endeavor. To read the full press release visit:    

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