Telephone reservations with "operators standing by" for our winter comedy Moonlight and Magnolias will begin on Monday, January 23rd from noon to 5 p.m. You may make a reservation online anytime prior to that date by clicking on the "reservations" link. You may also leave a message on the BCT phone line at any time with a reservation, and we will return your call with a confirmation.



The cast for our winter show includes:

Loren Sass as David O. Selznick

Brad Thorpe as Ben Hecht

David Bitter at Victor Fleming

Donna Balsley as Miss Poppenguhl


Barry Nyquist will be directing the show.

Mary Easland will be the stage manager.

Please note that Moonlight and Magnolias has brief moments of adult language.  The three central characters are a tough producer, a director and a writer in 1930’s Hollywood, and the author has created dialogue that reflects their personalities.  Our contract and license to produce the play requires that we do not make any deletions or substitutions in the dialogue.  If this script were to receive a movie-type rating, it would perhaps be “PG-13.”

A heads-up about peanuts!
One of the props we will be using in the play is a huge pile of peanuts. There will be peanut shells all over the stage floor. If anyone has severe peanut allergies, you may want to consider sitting a bit further back in the theatre.  We certainly don’t want to cause any allergic reactions from anyone watching the play.

Early rehearsals from our upcoming production of Moonlight and Magnolias:



Gloria Steinmetz was honored at the BCT annual meeting on June 1 for being a season ticketholder for 72 years. Her parents gave her season tickets when she was 12 years old, and she has only missed a few shows in all those years.

If you are not on the Beloit Civic Theatre mailing list, please go to the “mailing list” page and enter your name and address so you will receive the newsletters and season brochures regularly.


Beloit Civic Theatre was recently featured on Wisconsin Real Estate, one of the top sites for Beloit real estate. Check out the article here: Theatre for Everyone.


We are always happy to receive cookie donations for our intermissions.  Contact Pat Hoye at 608-362-6879 if you are willing to bake for us. All donations from the intermission refreshments go toward our scholarship fund. In addition to our Board of Directors, the following volunteer bakers provided cookies for Spitfire Grill: Valerie Kiekafer, Pat Hall, Mickey Lanphear, Ellen Colletta, Kathy Vogel, Sandra Wittenbrink, Diane Sass, Judy Paddock, Penny Kennedy.


We can also always use a hand with ushering (you get to see the show for free!)  For more information, call the office at (608) 362-1595 and leave a message.  If you would like to volunteer as a set builder or painter, give Loren Sass a call at 608-365-0235, and he will share the schedule of workdays. Hope to see you at the theatre!


BCT has fifteen members on its all-volunteer Board of Directors, each elected to a three-year term at the annual meeting.

President: Pat Hoye 
Vice President: Loren Sass 
Secretary: Doris Tropp
Treasurers: Les Blumreich and Rebecca Wallendal

Board Members:  Joyce Anderson, Donna Balsley, Mary Easland, Mike Fallon, Dee Fischer, Jay Goodwin, Mary Mowers, Lisa Scholten, Susan Smith, Tom Young.


Gift certificates for Beloit Civic Theatre are available, either for season memberships or for a single show. Call our office at (608) 362-1595  or
send an e-mail message to



Several audience members have commented on the Beloit Civic Theatre polo shirts that you see being worn by board members in the lobby.  If you want to own your very own BCT polo, they are available at Paragon Screen Printing at 1545 Prairie Avenue in Beloit.  Just stop in and Paula will be glad to assist you.  Prices range from $21 to $26 depending on style and size.

P.A.P.A.S. (Parent Advocates for the Performing Arts in Our Schools) is beginning a campaign to assist the school district's music department. We are particularly looking for used string instruments, but also will be able to accept band instruments. Because of school budget cuts, every year there are students who are turned away from participation on the orchestra because they cannot afford to rent or buy an instrument. The P.A.P.A.S. Board of Directors is asking the community to consider donating instruments for this purpose. Since P.A.P.A.S. is a 501(c) 3 charitable non-profit corporation, you would receive a letter acknowledging your contribution for tax purposes. If you have questions, or an instrument you are willing to part with, please call Loren Sass, the P.A.P.A.S. treasurer, at 608-365-0235 or email him at

“ Just remember: It’s only Community Theatre until it offends someone...then, it’s ART!”

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