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USD Theatre presents the bewitching musical 'Brigadoon'

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre presents the enchanting musical “Brigadoon,” Nov. 29-Dec. 3, in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre. “Brigadoon” is the first major Broadway success from Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, the team that also authored “My Fair Lady.”

“Brigadoon” features the USD Orchestra under the direction of Richard Rognstad, D.M.A., spectacular sets and costumes, Scottish folk dancing (and bagpiping), and memorable melodies like “I’ll Go Home with Bonnie Jean,” “Waitin’ for My Dearie” and “Almost Like Being in Love.”

The story of “Brigadoon” centers on American tourists Tommy Albright, played by Andy Hanson of Rapid City, S.D., and Jeff Douglas, played by Zach Hebert of Floyds Knobs, Ind., who discover an enchanting village that only awakens once every 100 years. When these New Yorkers enter Brigadoon, they find themselves in the middle of preparations for a wedding and Tommy falls in love with a local beauty, Fiona MacLaren, played by Emily Vortherms of Yankton, S.D. When he learns that if he stays in Brigadoon for more than a day he will never be able to leave, so Tommy must choose between the beautiful Fiona and the mesmerizing village of Brigadoon or his fiancée Jane, played by Christine Pietz of Blair, Neb., and the life he has in New York.

A photo of Vortherms and Hanson is available for download at

In addition to Rognstad from the Department of Music, the artistic team is comprised of USD Theatre faculty, including Matt Nesmith as stage and music director, Patricia Downey as choreographer, and Linda Scribner, costume designer, and Anthony Pellecchia, lighting. Tim Case, professor of theatre, is set designer. “Brigadoon” will be his final scenic design at USD before retiring this spring after a 26-year career. Case’s inventive and stunning designs have included productions like “Top Girls,” “Twelfth Night,” “Evita,” “A Christmas Carol” and “All My Sons,” to name a few.

“Brigadoon” performs at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 1-3; and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens (62+), $10 for K-12 & non-USD students, and $5 for USD students with ID. Reserved tickets are available (12 to 5 p.m. starting Nov. 26) by calling the USD Theatre Box Office at (605) 677-5400 or by going online at


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News