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USD Theatre Reimagines Production of 'A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder'

USD student Elizabeth Balzli, Tyler Wilson and Mariah Seeley in costume and on set of A Gentleman Elizabeth Balzli, Tyler Wilson and Mariah Seeley (L to R) in the production of "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder."

VERMILLION, S.D. – Out of precaution for the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of South Dakota’s Department of Theatre will record their production of the Tony award winning musical comedy “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder" for future streaming.

Tickets that were purchased for the production can be exchanged for one of the upcoming spring productions.

“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” follows the young and struggling Monty who discovers that he is ninth in line to an earldom and he starts plotting how he can bump off the preceding eight relatives.

This show employs social distancing in staging and incorporates face shields for the actors. In spite of the challenges of implementing these practices the director Matt Nesmith and choreographer Patricia Downey have creatively staged the show to retain its full physical humor and allow for the actors to bring the beautiful and hysterical songs brilliantly to life.

Please check back with USD Theatre's Facebook and Instagram pages as well as for upcoming information as to when and how you can view the production of "A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” online.


USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


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 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson 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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News