When Little House on the Prairie: the Musical made a stop in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the cast came to De Smet to kick off their South Dakota run. They made a visit throughout town and then held a press conference in the visitor center of the Ingalls Homestead. The cast road in a bus through the town and townspeople lined the streets to watch them go by. De Smet Mayor Gary Wolkow proclaimed Tuesday, June 1st “Little House on the Prairie: the Musical” Day. Most of the leading characters had previously made trips to De Smet during the show’s initial run at the Guthrie last year or since then. In an interview in “The Homesteader” Kevin Massey who plays Almanzo said visiting the places gave him more insight into the role and I think that’s true about all the cast. They seemed to understand the frontier and the prairie better than when I saw them on the Guthrie.
Read an article in the Argus about it here: http://www.argusleader.com/article/20100602/NEWS/6020316/1001
Read an article from KDLT here:
Radio highlights of Press Conference:
UPDATE: I checked this post’s links since I wanted to send people here from a new post I was working on in November 2013. At that point they were all working except for the Argus one on top. I took the hyperlink off that one, but left the link since it contains a date you may be able to use to find it in a database or from the paper itself. The bottom most link lets you play a highlights recording of the conference.
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