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On July 9, Susan Lundberg, executive director of the Sleepy Hollow Theatre and Arts Park, shows where much of the vandalism occurred in the backstage on July 8. Aside from the gold spray paint defacing the walls, mirrors and props, much of which was cleaned earlier in the day, the vandals also broke a row of stage makeup light bulbs, shattering glass over the table and floor. 

Police in Bismarck are investigating vandalism over the weekend that canceled a show at Sleepy Hollow Theatre and Arts Park. 

Susan Lundberg, the program's executive director, said Sunday's performance of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" was canceled after vandals damaged the backstage area, including smashed light bulbs, graffiti and costumes, wigs and mirrors damaged by spray paint. A window on the theater's hospitality suite was also broken. Both buildings were locked, according to Lundberg. 

"It was just senseless destruction," she said. 

The vandalism occurred between 3:30 and 4:45 p.m. Sunday, "in broad daylight," according to Lundberg.

"Usually, you think these things happen at night," she said.

Lundberg also said Snapchat video segments of the vandals' acts came to light, which the theater has posted to its Facebook page. The videos portray one young man breaking a window, another attempting to tip over a portable toilet, as well as one person spraying gold paint on a wig stand.

Bismarck Police Sgt. Tim Sass said police are waiting on more videos, with more information to come Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the show goes on for Sleepy Hollow.

Lundberg said the program's production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" is in the midst of a 10-night run that began Friday. Students in the theater program "have rallied and worked very hard" after Sunday's vandalism, according to Lundberg, pointing out the crew is working to repair costumes while others in the community have reached out.

"People have been very kind about calling and coming to help," she said. "We do have some help, and we're doing well in that area, but what we really need is people to come out like crazy and see our show."

She estimated at least $3,000 to $4,000 in losses, due to property damages and lost ticket sales from Sunday. 

"This was a particularly big loss," Lundberg said.

Sleepy Hollow's production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" continues with 8 p.m. performances until Sunday. Tickets are available online.

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Reach Jack Dura at 701-250-8225 or jack.dura@bismarcktribune.com.

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