Northern Fort Playhouse

The Northern Fort Playhouse is a summer repertory stock company that delights regional audiences with performances in the historic south barracks building of Fort Sisseton State Park. Northern students lend their talents to every production.

2021 Season

Ticket Information


The 2021 season will mark Northern Fort Playhouse's 15th season. Due to the impact of COVID-19, the Northern Fort Playhouse's 2020 season was canceled, but beginning July 9, we are set to perform this season with the likes of Don't Hug Me: a love story with singin' and stuff and The Oregon Trail. For more information, please see our newsletter.

The Oregon Trail

by Bekah Brunstetter


July 9, 17, 24 at 7:30 p.m.

July 11 at 2 p.m.


When middle schooler Jane gets stuck in a computer lab playing The Oregon Trail game, she ventures into the literal Oregon Trail amid covered wagons, harsh environments, and even her own great-great-grandmother. When the two confide in each other, this comedy takes a poignant turn to address depression and making one’s way in the world. 

Don't Hug Me

Book and lyrics by Phil Olson, music by Paul Olson


July 10, 16 and 23 at 7:30 p.m.

July 18 at 2 p.m.


In this musical comedy, a fed-up bar owner is ready to sell off his business and escape to sunny Florida. His wife—a former Winter Carnival Bunyan Queen, dontcha know—isn’t about to be uprooted. Meanwhile, their waitress, an aspiring singer, finds herself caught between her fiancé and a wily salesman who’s arrived in town selling the “magic” of karaoke. It should be no surprise to anyone that all heck breaks loose!

Health Precautions
  • All seating is reserved and social distancing will be observed
  • Face masks will be strongly encouraged for all those attending performances
  • Free face masks will be available at the ticket table
  • Pod seating will be used to encourage social distancing in the audience
  • Tickets will not be sold to capacity
  • Seats will be sanitized after every performance
  • Seating and serving for the dinner and lunch meals will also follow COVID-19 safety guidelines
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available


From the Artistic Director: Welcome Home!

Kane AndersonIt might sound a bit corny, but the words “Welcome home!” are emblematic of my approach to serving as the new artistic director of the Northern Fort Playhouse.


To say the last year or so has been a lot for all of us to overcome is probably an understatement. Our whole world has changed, but thanks to the resilience of many people who believe in our mission, we are proud to say the Fort is still home to history, community, and great theatre. Truly, we have missed you.


To me, the hallmark of the work produced by the Fort is our commitment to creating experiences that make you feel at home with us. Our season of summer shows celebrates those human connections that make life worth living: song, laughter, love—and, certainly, home.


Whether we are producing family-friendly theatre showcasing the talents of regional artists, or sharing the rich history of Fort Sisseton on our much-loved lantern tours, we are overjoyed to have you back in the spirit of friendliness and tradition that have long been associated with the Fort.


Welcome home, friends.


Kane Anderson

Artistic Director



Fort Sisseton State Park is 10 miles southwest of Lake City.

GPS address: 11907 434th Ave.  Lake City, S.D. 57247


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Mailing Address

Northern Fort Playhouse

PO Box 129

Britton, S.D. 57430