It’s showtime again for BCT

Josh Kubal/Register

BROOKINGS – COVID-19 brought down the curtain on Brookings Community Theatre more than 15 months ago, in March 2020.

It’s going up again at 7 p.m. Friday at the theatre in the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center on the South Dakota State University campus.

It will follow that opening with performances at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The same schedule will follow the weekend of Aug. 6.

The BCT troupe, under veteran director Mike Thompson, will stage “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” It’s billed by the BCT website as “Broadway’s greatest farce … irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written.”

Set in ancient Rome, the play features a “plot (that) twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a showgirl or two.”

Shown at right, Luke Bielfeldt, 17, going into his senior year at Brookings High School, makes his BCT debut as “Hero,” a young Roman smitten with “Philia,” played by Olivia Foster, 17, and also a BHS senior-to-be. A BCT veteran in her third BCT production, she described her lead role as “the typical ingénue. … Philia is very empty-headed.” She gets to do “a fair amount” of singing.

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