History & Mission

History

The Beloit Civic Theatre has been presenting Broadway's best to audiences from the stateline area for many decades. Founded as the Beloit Little Theatre Guild back in 1932, its history is one to be envied by any community group. The cast of the first public production reads like a "Who's Who of Beloit". Profits from that first successful season were donated to the Municipal Hospital for X-ray work. By the next year, Beloit and the surrounding area had taken the Theatre Guild to their hearts. A membership of 1300 made it the largest community theater in the state of Wisconsin. In 1948 the name of the Guild was changed to the current Beloit Civic Theatre. Early shows were performed in various locations, including at the old Scoville Hall on the Beloit College campus. Productions also rotated between the Roosevelt and Lincoln Junior High School auditoriums. In 1952, when the current high school was built, BCT was incorporated as a non-profit organization and moved to our current performing space. In the early years, BCT had to limit admission to only season members since there were usually only two performances of a play. Curtain time was typically 8:45 pm on a Tuesday and Wednesday night. Membership dropped when movies became more prevalent and popular, and then again when television entered the entertainment arena. But, as Stephen Sondheim would say, "We're still here!"

We have recently completed the organization of our archives. We have sorted through boxes of old programs, scrapbooks and photos and have compiled a list of all the Beloit Civic Theatre productions since we were founded in 1932! Click on the link below to download a copy of our list of productions. For many of the shows listed we have an original playbill in the office files. We have also framed and hung many of the duplicates on the walls in our office.

BCT Archives

Mission

The mission of Beloit Civic Theatre is to provide high quality theatre for area audiences at an affordable price. Beloit Civic Theatre gives members of the community and the surrounding area opportunity for self-expression, creativity and the personal benefit that comes from working together to achieve common goals. The group strives for professionalism in every aspect, from play selection to set work to the rehearsal process to performance.   The Board of Directors of Beloit Civic Theatre is a working board, and each member has individual and group responsibilities, all with the purpose of striving for excellence onstage, backstage and in front of house.  The group also aims to market to, expand upon and retain audience members, actors, directors, crew workers and other volunteers.

 

Recent Production Photos

Lend Me a Tenor - April 2014

Seniors of the Sahara - January 2014

Church Basement Ladies - September 2013

The Last Romance - April 2013

The Fox on the Fairway - January 2013

Guys On Ice - September 2012

GuysOnIce

Squirrels in the Attic - April 2012

Squirrels

Lost in Yonkers - January 2012

Yonkers

She Loves Me - September 2011

SheLovesMe

Deathtrap - April 2011 2011

Deathtrap

Cliffhanger - January 2011

Cliffhanger

Whodunit, The Musical - September 2010

Whodunit

Arsenic and Old Lace - April 2010

Arsenic

Over the River and Through the Woods - January 2010

OverRiver

Ruthless, The Musical - September 2009

Ruthless

Private Lives - April 2009

PrivateLives

Greetings - January 2009

Greetings

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten - September 2008

Kindergarten

The Whole Town's Talking 2008

WholeTown

Laura - January 2008

Laura

Bus Stop - April 2007

BusStop

God's Favorite - January 2007

GodsFavorite


 
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