If you’re interested in Little House on the Prairie the Musical, check out this post.
I finally made it. I saw the musical at the Guthrie last year and I’ve been trying to get to see the roadshow all year. A bustrip fell through when it opened in Minnesota. I just couldn’t make the schedule work out for Wisconsin, but FINALLY I got tickets for Sioux Falls and two friends to go with me and we headed out. WAGONS HO!
OK, so it was Seebring ho! Same principle. AAA said it was about 5 1/2 hours to Sioux Falls, but they were off. At least it took us longer than that. One of my friends insisted on driving the whole way, so I’m sure it was an especially long day for him. We ate lunch at Trumbles in Albert Lea. Good place to stop if you’re passing through on your way to say Mankato (wink).
It was a new route for my friends, so I made sure we stopped at the giant Jolly Green Giant at Blue Earth and the giant cement tipi just outside of Sioux Falls. Did you know they have a museum downtown about the Green Giant Company? I didn’t either. Didn’t stop this time, but it’s on my list now. Luck seemed to be with us when the gift shop at the Jolly Green Giant’s feet (it isn’t always), but then we drove into a torrent of a storm. The temperature dropped 20 degrees from one side of the front to the other, but luckily no hail as the weather radio predicted, just lots of hard rain. Finally it calmed down to a steady rain. Not good when we were planning on walking to the theater.
Good news it was easy to find our hotel. The Country Inn and Suites which the Washington Pavillion assured me that many of the people who perform there stay at. It really was a pretty hotel and as I normally only hit Sioux Falls when I’m taking I-90 instead of Highway 14 which means I’m in a hurry, I had no idea they do guided trolley rides and have a very nice river walk which the hotel sat right on. Who knew?
We picked the wrong restaurant for supper. It took forever to get our food and we didn’t get out of there until a little after 6:30. The show started at 7 pm and while we had directions and a map none of us had ever been there before. Adrenilne time.
It wasn’t that far a walk and we found the 1906 Sioux Falls high school that has been made over into an arts center. The large auditorium with the stage was only part of it. There was a large diverse crowd milling about with a good smattering of girls in prairie dresses. De Smet had a large display up for Destination Laura and I knew the cast had been at the Ingalls Homestead for a press conference that morning.
Sign on the door, “Insights into Production a discusion with the cast 6:15”. After I called on Friday and they swore they weren’t doing anything like that. GRRRR! It couldn’t have been too long though because by 6:50 the stage was totally empty. Still GRRRRR!
The tickets were at the Will Call window just like they were supposed to be. Success. AND they really were very good seats. I’ve had better (up in PEI for Anne of Green Gables the musical – a production the producers of this one really should watch before they do anything else with it), but these were very, very good and there was even one with a place for my friend to stretch out his leg after all that driving.
On the way in I passed Dean Butler in the hall, looking very producer like, and as we both were hurrying to our seats so I let it go and didn’t say anything to him. I only said to my friend,” that’s Dean Butler.” He was in town for a screening of the Farmer Boy documentary and a preview of the Laura one. If I had known sooner we’d have scheduled for the 2nd instead and gone to that screening too. Oh well, more about the actual play tomorrow.
UPDATED June 27 2017: I added the link at the top and the signature block at the bottom.
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