Erika Schneider's first show, Tunkasina, We Are All Related, is set to open. No matter what, Schneider insists, the show will go on. And days of clearing, cleaning, and painting have turned a donated room into a respectable stage, especially after curtains and scenery arrived from Scenic View, of Chicago, through a Big-Dream connection to the League of Chicago Theatres. "This is one of the first arts projects in our area that involves the white and Native American communities working together," says Schneider. "And that is a big step here."
As the three-night run proceeds, more Big-Dream connections secure the theater's future. Steven and Cindy Noble, who own Flood Music in Sioux Falls, donate a soundboard; TMG, an electronics store, offers spotlights. And other futures take hold: Julia Marshall, 20, a cast member who'd dropped out of high school, decides to go back. Being in the play inspired her to "get involved again," she says. "I'd like to study drama at college." Everyone is fired up. Exhausted, Schneider picks up costumes. "It started out as our dream," she says, beaming. "Now it's their dream."