Bingo, the Musical telephone reservations with "operators standing by" will begin on Monday, September 22nd 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.


BIG NEWS: We are adding a third matinee performance for all of our productions this season. In addition to the two Saturday matinees, we will now also be performing on SUNDAY at 3 p.m. during the first weekend of the run.

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WELCOME TO THE 82nd BCT SEASON!

Our newsletter for the fall musical, BINGO! will be mailed in August.  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.

OUR UPCOMING PRODUCTION:

BINGO, the Winning Musical by Michael Heitzman, Ilene Reid and David Holcenberg takes place on a stormy night at the VFW Hall in fictional Hamerin County, Missouri. We meet a trio of hard-core bingo-playing girlfriends with personality traits patterned after the popular characters of "The Golden Girls." The acerbic and imposing ringleader of the group is Vern, known as the "Svengali" of bingo. She is a chain smoker who guards her cards and emotions like a lioness. The promiscuous Honey is the stereotypical dumb blonde. She is man crazy even though the ink is barely dry on her third divorce. In an effort to attract the opposite sex, she is always concerned about her hair and designer dress being just right. The scatterbrained Patsy accessorizes every game with superstitious items that include an assortment of rabbit's feet and lucky charms. The evening's festivities are a birthday bash celebrating the 83rd anniversary of bingo. A wisecracking old lady named Minnie speaks reverently about traveling toy salesman Edwin S. Lowe, who popularized the game after discovering it in 1929 at a carnival in Georgia. Lowe's framed portrait hangs prominently in the hall. Minnie runs the game and is aided by hunky, bingo-calling lug, Sam. A flashback runs throughout the play of an event that occurred 15 years ago. The jovial and good-natured Bernice was once part of the gang, but she was banished from the group after Vern accused her of cheating. Honey and Patsy took Vern's side, and the ugliness of greed prevailed over their friendship. A mysterious stranger named Alison shows up with ulterior motives. She gets Vern to take her under her wings and show her the ropes. She is introduced as an aspiring New York City actress cast as an understudy for the role of Nurse Ratched in the "Off Off Off Broadway" musical version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. In between the number calling, strange rituals and fierce competitions, love blossoms and estranged friends reunite, sending everyone home a winner. Adding to the fun of the evening, the audience will be playing along in several games 0f Bingo, with prizes given out at every performance.

OUR CAST INCLUDES:

Karen Brown as Vern


Pam Regan as Patsy


Lisa Scholten as Honey


Drew Heiss as Sam and Frank


Linda Hennrich as Minnie


Kay Nordstrom as Bernice


Gabrielle Heiss as Alison

OUR DIRECTORS:

Ron Brown will be directing the show.


We welcome Jacob Truby as our musical director.


Janet Palmer is our pianist for the production.


Doris Tropp will be acting as stage manager.

HELP US OUT!

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. A special thanks goes out to the bakers for our recent production ofLend Me a Tenor:Linda Watts, Bev McKittrick, Betty Ainger, MayJo Ehle, Ellen Colletta, Pat Hall, Sue Hess, Wilma Jensen, Mike Foss, Judy Paddock, Nancy Halverson, Helen Carroll, Janet Easland and also our hard-working Board of Directors. Special thanks also to cookie-table servers Nancy and Taylor Toubl.  
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!

THE BCT BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

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
Treasurer: Les Blumreich

Board Members:  Joyce Anderson, Donna Balsley, Mary Easland, Mike Fallon, Dee Fischer, Jay Goodwin, Jake Hamil, Mary Mowers, Lisa Scholten, Susan Smith, Rebecca Wallendal

NEED A GIFT FOR SOMEONE?

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 beloitcivictheatre@gmail.com

 

WANT A BCT SHIRT?

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.


SET BUILDING TIME from our recent production of Church Basement Ladies:

Dee Fischer and Ed Skwarlo painting the numerous cupboard drawers and doors.

Deb Burns and Harold Pann build a new wall unit for the set.

George Smith working on what will become the kitchen island.

Mike Fallon, Les Blumreich and Tom Lepinski building the door wall for the entry to the furnace room of the church basement.

Donna Balsley is our props and wardrobe "queen" who is having way too much fun creating fake food for this production.

HAVE AN OLD VIOLIN IN THE ATTIC?
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 lorensass@mac.com

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

 
Beloit Civic Theatre
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