Northern Fort Playhouse kicks off performances on July 12

Graphics for two theater productions

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Summer theater will once again be performed at historic Fort Sisseton thanks to a partnership between Northern State University Theater and Fort Sisseton Historic State Park.

Northern Fort Playhouse will present two shows in July: “SHOUT! The Mod Musical” and “Daddy Long Legs.” Performance dates and times are as follows:

“SHOUT! The Mod Musical”:

  • Friday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 14, at 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 27, at 7:30 p.m.

“SHOUT!” is a swinging 60's sensation by Philip George and David Lowenstein. Since it shook its way into the New York Musical Theatre Festival, the musical celebration of the 60's has become a true international hit, entertaining audiences the world over with the infectious and soulful pop anthems and ballads that helped grow the female empowerment movement. Following its popular New York run, the five fabulously mod girls of “SHOUT!” packed up their polyester miniskirts and knee-high white boots and hit the road for a triumphant international tour.

“Daddy Long Legs”:

  • Saturday, July 13, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 21, at 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m.

From the Tony®-Award winning director of “Les Misérables,” with music and lyrics by Paul Gordon and book by John Caird, comes the intimate new musical “Daddy Long Legs.” Based on the classic novel that inspired the 1955 movie starring Fred Astaire – a beloved tale in the spirit of Jane Austen, the Brontë Sisters and “Downton Abbey” – this heartwarming Cinderella story about a witty and winsome young woman and her mysterious benefactor has charmed audiences of all ages from Los Angeles to London.

Lantern Tours

Lantern tours will also take place Saturday, July 20, and Friday, July 26, at approximately 9 p.m. These unique tours, free to Playhouse patrons, are led by lantern light with stories from years past. You may even learn a bit more about those who lived long ago – and those who continue to reside at the fort!

Additional Details

Friday night performances begin with a wine and cheese reception (freewill donation). Doors open at 6 p.m.

Saturday night performances begin with a dinner (five entrees to choose from, listed on the website). Doors open at 6 p.m. and the season 2019 caterer is Hickory Street Kitchen and Cocktails, Sisseton.

Sunday matinee performances begin with a luncheon (two choices). Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Catered also by Hickory Street Kitchen and Cocktails.

Also for the second year, local artists will be featured. On July 19, the featured artist is Doris Symens Armstrong of Watertown, and on July 26, the artist is Betty Sheldon of Aberdeen.

Ticket Information

Ticket reservations may be made by calling Pam at 605-467-3247. Fort Sisseton Historic State Park is located 10 miles southwest of Lake City off South Dakota Highway 10. For more information, visit the Northern Fort Playhouse website or email

Northern Fort Playhouse’s mission is to showcase the beauty of Fort Sisseton Historic State Park and the talents of the Northern State University Fine Arts Department by supporting and coordinating an entertaining summer theatre experience that attracts audiences of all ages. For a list of sponsors, 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.