Northern Fort Playhouse cancels 2020 summer season

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ABERDEEN, S.D. – Due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 virus, the 2020 summer theater season for Northern Fort Playhouse has been canceled.

Though the cancellation wasn’t an easy decision, it was the right one, said Northern Fort Playhouse Board of Directors President Sandi Jaspers.

“Difficult times require difficult decisions,” Jaspers said. “It was difficult for the Northern Fort Playhouse (NFP) Board of Directors to make the decision to cancel our 2020 summer performances but we felt that was best for the safety and well-being of our audiences, our performers and our volunteers.”

Jaspers said the NFP Board has made a commitment to using summer 2020 to study ways to enhance the theater experience for audiences through improvements in performance facilities, marketing strategies, and educational opportunities for the cast and crew.

“We are looking forward to seeing everyone back for our 2021 season next year,” she said.

Northern Fort Playhouse brings summer theater to historic Fort Sisseton through a partnership between the NFP board and the Northern State University School of Fine Arts.

“We know how deeply the Northern Fort Playhouse will be missed by so many this summer,” said NSU School of Fine Arts Dean Dr. Kenneth Boulton. “It will make the 2021 season all the more anticipated, under the new artistic direction of Dr. Kane Anderson, NSU Assistant Professor of Acting and Directing.”

For more information about Northern Fort Playhouse, visit the NFP website.

About Northern State University

Northern State University is a regional university that offers outstanding academics and exceptional extracurricular activities at an affordable price on a safe, welcoming campus. Northern State recently announced its Educational Impact Campaign, with a goal of raising $55 million for a new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, new athletic and recreation fields, and an on-campus regional sports complex. Once the campaign is complete, NSU will be the recipient of more than $100 million in privately funded building projects and scholarships within a decade. To learn more, visit NSU Admissions.