Humans of Rapid City

There are 73,569 people currently living in Rapid City, South Dakota. Each one of them has an inspiring story to tell. This is Humans of Rapid City.
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Nov 29, 2016

Ben and Leslie Villa have the honor of being the first married couple on Humans of Rapid City.  Aside from being two very talented actors in the area, they are also vital members of our community.  Ben is a Personal Banking Representative at Great Western Bank and Leslie teaches Second Grade at Wilson Elementary School.

The lovely Candi Fender also happened to join us in Studio, which provided the insightful questions that Jeff could simply not come up with on his own!

Thanks for listening!

Nov 21, 2016

Elizabeth Heuerman is the owner of Jayde Tree Salon here in Rapid City.  Jayde Tree is definitely not your average salon!  You'll want to check them out once you're finished listening to this episode.

Elizabeth is full of love.  Love, love, love, love.  She is inspired by so many different causes, people and stories around the area— and she returns the favor to the community by being equally inspiring.

Check out Jayde Tree Salon by visiting

Nov 14, 2016

Gregg Hemmen is the pastor of First Baptist Church (FBC) in Rapid City, South Dakota.  Nate Sales servers as the Youth Minister of the same church.  While there may be some bias in this statement (since I am a member of FBC), but they are incredibly influential and down-to-Earth ministers, with very unique way of connecting to people— whether they are Christian or not.  Gregg and Nate remain to be two of the most important people in many people's lives and have changed the way many think about Christianity.

In the podcast, we discuss their history in ministry and how they hope to shape the church as they continue serving the community of Rapid City.  We also discuss the stigma that sometimes is attached to those who serve God and how Gregg and Nate are both breaking those boundaries in our community.  While this podcast focuses on God and ministry, our intention is to not come across as trying to "sell" our listeners on Christianity, or First Baptist Church, but rather discuss how Gregg and Nate are shaping the way Christians interact and help the community of Rapid City.

Disclaimer: This is an early recording in our production timeline and the sound levels may be unbalanced.  We have corrected the issue since then, but just know that you may have to adjust your volume accordingly.  Sorry about the sound balance issues!

Nov 7, 2016

Seraphim Theatrical Entertainment is a local theatre venue which also offers educational courses for actors of any age or experience.  It was started just about two years ago by Bridgett Hill and Stephen Farruggia, who are local theatre artists in the area.

Bridgett J. Hill is a graduate of the renowned Rogers and Silverman School of Fashion Design at Kent State University with a degree in Conceptual Fashion Design. She also has intensive schooling in theater and dance. During her fashion design studies, Bridgett lived in Florence, Italy and traveled throughout Europe partaking of the cultures, art and history. She has been involved in many shows as an actress, dance choreographer, as well as costume/ hair-make up designer. For film, photography and runway productions, Bridgett stays active as a model, dancer or make-up artist. Bridgett also designs and creates custom costumes and recently worked to wardrobe the Founding Fathers Black Hills Sculptures. It is impossible to pinpoint her greater talent when it comes to either dancing, costuming, designing, acting or whatever else she decides to do. Her high energy, delightful instruction and expertise in these areas make her a wonderful asset to Seraphim Theatrical Entertainment. Since re-entering the acting community after moving to Rapid, Bridgett has been in countless productions starting with Meredith Wilson's the Music Man (ensemble) and jumping right into Hansel and Gretel (where she first met Stephen). She next portrayed Elaine in Arsenic and Old Lace with BHCT. At the Firehouse Brewing theater she played Little Sally in Urinetown (one of her most beloved roles to date) and Carol in Laughter on the 27th Floor. With Acts Production of Hairspray Bridgett played Tammy and was a valuable member of the dance ensemble.In BHCT's Dinner Theater production of Perfect Wedding she also portrayed Julie, the cheeky chambermaid. Most recently, you may have seen her in Jeeves In Bloom, carrying out the whimsical character of Madeline Bassett. Bridgett Designed and Made costumes for Stephens production of the Little Mermaid as well as choreographed the dance numbers. 

Stephen Farruggia has been teaching and coaching kids and adults for many years. He is a state licensed Paraprofessional, attended Liberty University for childhood education and psychology, and was the local community theater's Education and Outreach Director until he stepped away from the position to start Seraphim. He brings a theater resume of over 50 shows in which he has been an Actor, Director, Lighting/Sound Tech, Stage Manager, Producer and even a published Playwrite. Stephen also has experience in front of the camera as well and has been involved in numerous commercials, and Indie Films. His first love however is live theater. His inspiration and passion for the stage and the performing arts shows in every class he teaches and play he's involved in, which makes Seraphim Theatrical Entertainment a dream come true and a perfect fit for his talents.  A few productions Stephen has been involved in are Jeeves In Bloom, where he played Bertie Wooster, The Nerd as Axel Hammond,A Flea in Her Ear as Roman Turnel, A Midsummer Night's Dream as Puck, Prince Charming in Roger and Hammerstein's Cinderella, and Pharaoh in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, name a few. He has also Directed numerous recent productions including The Little Mermaid, The Bully Plays, Holmes on the Range, A Christmas Carol, Brother's Grimm Spectaculathon, Boy's and Ghouls, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. His comic directorial genius was showcased well in BHCT's dinner theater fundraiser production of Perfect Wedding.