We took advantage of the free entertainment offered this weekend at The Buffalo Ridge Theater in Custer and must say we were impressed with the professionalism exhibited in both the Grand Magic Show and Grand Jubilee. In a nutshell, it is outstanding.
This weekend will be the grand opening of the entertainment venue offered nightly at the theater which is the former Showbarn. Friday night will be the Magic Show, Saturday night will be The Potter Family and Sunday will be the Grand Jamboree Show. Nightly 7:30 p.m. admission will be two cans of food for The Storehouse per person or $5 per person.
You will see new acts at the Grand Magic Show and the Grand Jamboree performance showcases excellent area and local talent. The Potter Family from Rapid City will be making their debut in their new venue at the theater Saturday night.
The regular summer schedule has the Magic Show performing Tuesday through Friday nights, The Potter Family shows Saturday and Monday nights and the Grand Jamboree on Sunday nights.
We can’t say enough about the hands-on involvement of theater managers Duane and Mary Laflin who have been instrumental in putting this all together this year. Duane and Mary have been the faces of the magic show here on and off for the past six years. Besides being an excellent illusionist, Duane is also heavily involved in the Sunday Grand Jamboree show.
The Grand Jamboree Show is an excellent showcase of the talent we have right here at home. Singer and guitarist Roy Hendrickson’s rendition of “I’ve Been Everywhere” and Katie Lautenschlager’s fiddle performance of “Orange Blossom Special” brought the house down last Sunday night. The finale of the show is really something special.
None of this would be possible without the financial backing of Custer Hospitality, owner of the 62-acre former Flintstones Village, campground Showbarn. Mike and Bonnie Tennyson and partners, and their son, Jerad, have made a huge investment in theater upgrades of lighting and sound, in addition to guaranteeing wages for all the performers. They are also paying all marketing costs.
Professional entertainers and investments like these in our community deserve our support. We owe it to the above mentioned people to fill the seats at the theater this weekend for the Grand Opening and then promote the shows whenever we can by encouraging our friends and visitors to attend the nightly performances throughout the summer in Custer.
Check out some of the videos of the show on our website custercountychronicle.com.
In August we will have another opportunity to promote entertainment in the Southern Hills by taking part in the two-day Southern Hills Music and Arts Festival on Pageant Hill. A terrific schedule is planned.
This is kind of how Branson started and we hope Custer is on the path of becoming the family entertainment capital of the Black Hills in South Dakota.