Telephone reservations with "operators standing by" for our spring comedy, SAME TIME NEXT YEAR will begin on Monday, April 24 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 recently closed winter show included:

Loren Sass as David O. Selznick

Brad Thorpe as Ben Hecht

David Bitter at Victor Fleming

Donna Balsley as Miss Poppenguhl


Barry Nyquist directed the show.

Mary Easland was the stage manager.

Early rehearsals from our recent production of Moonlight and Magnolias:

Enquiring minds want to know:

In answer to queries concerning our recent production of Moonlight and Magnolias, here are answers from those “in the know.”

  1. No real banana peels were used in this production. Donna Balsley, Dee Fischer and Joyce Anderson painstakingly created the fake peels that were scattered around the set. They were created by cutting heavy yellow vinyl into strips and attaching them to a wooden dowel, which was the stub of the banana.  Then they creased the strips and painted brown spots and lines on each “banana.”

  2. The floor was covered with real peanuts, which meant that at the end of Act Two, the actors had to scrub the homemade “peanut butter” from the bottom of their shoes.

  3. The peanut shells were swept up every night and then “sifted” to retain some larger pieces for re-use. This held down the dust.  Every night, the faithful crew had to sweep the floor, then vacuum it, then wet-mop it for the next performance. Ah, the glamor of the theatre!

  4. Yes, all the slaps were “real.”



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!”

Beloit Civic Theatre
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