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Sonja Niles

Sonja Niles

Sonja Niles has 40 plus years in theatre performance and directing and has been a guest director throughout South Dakota and Montana. Sonja has performed in community theatres in Aberdeen, Watertown, Sioux Falls, Worthing and Dell Rapids, South Dakota.  Sonja received her B.S. in  Education degree in Theatre and Speech Communication from Northern State College in 1983.

She has adjudicated theatre competitions and forensic tournaments throughout the state of South Dakota and resides in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.




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Review: ANNIE JR. at The Premiere Playhouse
August 13, 2022

ANNIE JR. at The Premiere Playhouse is a production in conjunction with The Penguin Project, an initiative that started in Peoria, Illinois as a way to empower children with special needs through theatre. The artists involved with Annie Jr. in Friday evening's production were partnered with a mentor performer and the results of their efforts were glorious.

Review: Broadway's ANASTASIA Delights at Washington Pavilion
June 18, 2022

Most of the fun in seeing a new Broadway musical is in anticipating the experience with no preconceived notions of how it will be produced. ANASTASIA at the Washington Pavilion certainly gave Sioux Falls audiences an opportunity to be surprised and delighted.

LIVE ON STAGE, SIOUX FALLS at Washington Pavilion
May 25, 2022

The most valuable membership to a concert series in Sioux Falls, South Dakota is LIVE ON STAGE. The quality and variety of performers is markedly superior. Experiencing a concert at Mary W. Sommervold Hall in the Washington Pavilion is pure pleasure for the audience. Upon arrival in downtown Sioux Falls concert-goers can find convenient parking for the event, handicap accessible entry to the hall, the most lovely concert hall in the entire region. All of these elements make the experience of a concert in the series 'first rate.' As a member you can choose your seats for the entire season at the time of reserving your membership.

BWW Review: CABARET at Orpheum Theater
May 13, 2022

The Premiere Playhouse production of CABARET is a mixed bag of incongruities. This is not just a story of debauchery in 1929 Berlin nightlife. It is also a political commentary of the early days of Nazi extremism that begin to wear away at the fiber of the country and the people of Germany. It is in the opening moments of this show, that the audience is put on a sort of visual warning that there will be scant few limits on the lengths this show will go to 'shock' the patrons.

BWW Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at USF - Jeschke Fine Arts
May 5, 2022

University of Sioux Falls' production of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is an adaptation by Simon Stephens of the 2003 Mark Haddon mystery novel of the same name. It is party mystery, and part visual glimpse inside the mind of the protagonist Christopher Boone.

BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY at Washington Pavilion
May 4, 2022

This show will make you laugh, cry and recognize the value of human connection. Don’t miss it.

BWW Review: THE GIVER at Omaha Community Playhouse
May 3, 2022

THE GIVER a play adapted by Eric Coble from the 1994 Newberry Award Winning novel by Lois Lowry.

BWW Review: LITTLE WOMEN at Augustana University Theatre
April 28, 2022

Augustana University Theatre patrons are in for a delightful treat this weekend with Little Women The Musical at Edith Mortenson Center Theatre. Everything about this show is a pleasure. Infused with love and the energy, this production pulls you into the world of Jo March and her family with fond remembrance of your first reading of this classic by Louisa May Alcott.

BWW Review: TRIUMPH OF LOVE at Wayne S. Knutson Theatre
April 23, 2022

One of the best productions of the theatre season is playing at Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts in Vermillion, SD!

BWW Review: Dakota Wesleyan University's Production of Stage ROCK OF AGES
April 3, 2022

Dakota Wesleyan University Theatre mounted a visually exciting production of ROCK OF AGES for Mitchell area theater audiences. Opening moments of the production were colorful and stimulating, with the use of some sophisticated strobe and lighting effects. The audience was prepped for a time warp of hair band highlights and the energy on stage with this cast was electric.

BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY at Washington Pavilion
March 26, 2022

The national non-equity touring company of HAIRSPRAY was a hit at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with an audience full of fans of this musical classic. From the opening moments to the finale, the electricity of a youthful and enthusiastic cast is contagious. I found myself wondering how they could maintain that pace and level of energy for the whole show, but they did it.

BWW Review: SONS OF SERENDIP at Washington Pavilion
March 10, 2022

Four young men who met at Boston University, and in their words, were reunited serendipitously, create the most compelling sound in music I have experienced in years.

BWW Review: ROALD DAHL'S CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY at Washington Pavilion
March 7, 2022

The touring production of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and The Chocolate Factory seems an unlikely place to find  inspiration in reconciling the events of the world’s political stage, but when viewed in the context of the current sociopolitical climate, it seems possible. The lyrics of the song “Pure Imagination” appear to map out the catalyst for social change. “If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it. Anything you want to, do it. Want to change the world? There’s nothing to it.”   The simplicity of that philosophy in song was written over the course of  a phone conversation between the composers Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley over 50 years ago. 

BWW Review: Alfred Hitchcock's THE 39 STEPS at The Premiere Playhouse
March 4, 2022

Make arrangements TODAY to get tickets to this MUST SEE offering from Premiere Playhouse!

BWW Review: WOMEN OF 4G at State University Theatre
February 24, 2022

Women Of 4G playing at the Fishback Studio at the Performing Arts Center at SDSU in Brookings, is a play that was written by Amy Tofte, a native of Brookings, SD. That fact alone, was impetus for me to travel on a frigid Wednesday night to see an opening night performance of this production.

BWW Review: POTTED POTTER at Orpheum Theater
February 19, 2022

Potted Potter at the Orpheum is a rowdy rollercoaster ride of inside jokes and sight gags, broad physical humor and a little audience participation sprinkled in. The audience assembled were a mix of ages with lots of folks in their 30's without kids.

BWW Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Washington Pavilion
February 7, 2022

Sometimes the magic of theatre is such a gift, that you carry it with you for days and weeks after a performance and you feel like a bit of an apostle, testifying to the beauty and wonder of what you have experienced. If that makes it sound like attending Fiddler on the Roof at the Washington Pavilion was a religious experience, well I would have to admit that it checked all the boxes for me this weekend.

BWW Review: LOMBARDI at The Premiere Playhouse
February 4, 2022

Lombardi, at The Premiere Playhouse in Sioux Falls is an artistic production about the life of famed coach Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers football team. The play covers one week in 1965 with the team preparing for a championship game. The vehicle for moving the story forward is the character of a reporter whose purpose is to write a story about his Look Magazine editor's good friend Vince Lombardi and his Packers team. The catalyst is a disastrous story recently published in Esquire Magazine about the coach and the team. It would seem that the coach has agreed to the story as a way to redeem and control the spin on some things that loose-lipped players have divulged to the Esquire journalist. The main cast is comprised of Vince, his wife Marie, the reporter and some players from the team.

BWW Review: THAT GOLDEN GIRLS SHOW! at Orpheum Theater
January 22, 2022

The production team did a great job of making the voices audible and the set inviting to the viewer's eye. There is merchandise to peruse in the lobby and I may be 'dating' myself by saying that the prices are a 'good bargain'. January can be a long and tedious month to put up with, so do yourself a favor and take in 'That Golden Girls Show: A puppet parody ' at the Orpheum Theater this weekend, you'll be happy to have something to smile about when you recall the days of Winter 2022.

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at The Premiere Playhouse
December 3, 2021

The stage pictures created by A Christmas Carol presented by The Premiere Playhouse in Sioux Falls are a mixture of the traditional Dickens story and the inevitable temptation to 'tech it up' in the modern theatre.