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.
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:
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.
The Chair Is Not Me Art Show
May and June 2021
Homestake Opera House
Matthews Opera House
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.
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
Performing Arts Center of Rapid City
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,
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.