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Benstead Theatre is located in the C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts, home to music, fine arts and theatre. The theatre is an innovative flexible-space “black-box.” It includes a proscenium opening, stage deck and a fly gallery, allowing plays to be staged in arena, thrust, environmental or proscenium depending upon the director and designers’ creative vision. The facility is dedicated to the theatre department so rehearsals and construction occur right in the space. First-year students who have experienced only proscenium staging in high school find Benstead Theatre a new and exciting place to perform and work.

The theatre is supported by lighting and sound control boards that are replaced with the latest equipment on a regular rotation; fully equipped scene and costume shops; a design studio; an acting studio; and a makeup room large enough to double as a rehearsal space.

Tickets to all theatre performances are free. Reservations are recommended. Please call 920-748-8791 to reserve your seats today!

2019-20 Theatre Season

“Play Nice!”, play by Robin Rice | Oct. 9-12, 2019 | Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

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A dark tale of imagination with an ebb and flow of theatricality and gritty realism.

“The Fantasticks”, play by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt | Nov. 13-Nov. 16, 2019: | Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

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The longest-running musical in American theatre history in an updated, whimsical, funny and romantic staging.

“The Comedy of Errors”, play by Shakespeare | Mar. 4-7, 2020 | Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

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A wild slapstick comic adventure with two sets of twins, mistaken identity, lost parents, and a fantastic finish.

Friends of the Arts pre-show reception and discussion, 6-7 p.m. Thursday, March 5.

The One-Act Play Festival, featuring student directors | April 16-18, 2020 | Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

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New plays, new directors, one weekend of fun.