HOT SPRINGS- The Southern Hills Community Theatre will put on their summer show "SideQuests, the Princess and the Peasant" starting this week. 

The original play, written and directed by Justin Gausman of Hot Springs will be performed at the Mueller Civic Center June 20-22 and June 27-29 at 7:00 p.m. 

"SideQuests" is a family-friendly comedy follows multiple characters, including: a peasant who doesn't want to be a hero, a runaway princess and a young woman learning what makes a good story. 

Gausman said he challenged himself to write a plot which stepped outside of traditional story arcs. He added that the characters might not be who the audience thinks they are, "In the end there is a twist that will shock everyone." 

This is Gausman's third play he's written for SHCT, the first, "A Christmas Heist", was performed in 2015 and the second, "I sent my Grandma into the Past" was performed in 2017. 

The cast includes 28 people which is SHCT's largest cast to date. With the crew included over 40 people are working to put on the performance. 

Cast members have a wide range of experience. For some it is their first experience acting, others, like Zach Cox, have been in many SHCT productions. 

Tom Powers, who's generally been on stage acting in the past, is working as an assistant director for this production. 

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Tickets $10 for adults, $8 for over 60 and under 12, 6 and under free. Tickets available at the door. General seating. Mueller Civic Center Theatre, 801 S. 6th Street, Hot Springs, SD.


Abigail Kreilaus as Rana, Jesse Powers as Blink, Paetyn Van Bibber as Lexi, Dan Van Bibber as Lord Poe/Father, Irene Alexiou as Lady Patsy, Zach Cox as Sir Billiam, Breanna Remington as Rowan, Bo Bradley-Thompson as Madame Belladonna, Craig Gates as Gorf, Willow Heidebrink as Narrator, Joseph Christensen as Chuck the Wizard

The Peasants: Guy Prescott, Linda Johnson, Sydnee Coleman, Betsy Savage, Christi Gould, Christy Ann Holcer, Olivia Hayes

The Orphans: Karina Novotny, Emma Niles, Isaiah Cox, Sydney Lockhart, Riley Lockhart, Bethany Niles, Allyson Kattke, Isaac Gates, Reina Wilson and Zach Wilson.


Justin Gausman as writer/director, Tom Powers as assistant director, Nate Hein as stage director, Pat DeSmet as sound manager, Stacey Martin and Jenna Harrington as costume designers, Daryl Person & Dan Van Bibber as set construction leads, Justine LeBar and Deana Roberts as staging assistants and Banyon Niles as stage crew.

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