The high school closed the building to outside groups in March 2020 because of Coronavirus, so we were unable to rehearse or build our set. The show was moved to the fall slot in the new season. A RED PLAID SHIRT will now open on September 24, 2020.

June 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has created a great deal of uncertainty for theatres and other performing arts organizations all across the country. Groups are altering, postponing and cancelling their seasons. At the time of this writing, even the Broadway theatres in New York City have closed their doors until September 6th.

The BCT Board of Directors has decided to hope for the best, and therefore we are planning to begin our season on the usual weekend next fall.  We realize that no one has the answer as to whether or not this is even possible, and of course if the schools are still closed in the fall and we are locked out of our performance space, we will not be able to hold any performances.

So, our "Plan A" is to ask you to consider ordering your season membership as usual with the knowledge that we may not see you until January 2021.  If we need to cancel the fall show, season members would be notified. You would have the following options: you could do nothing, and donate the cost of your ticket back to the theatre, or you could request a refund for the cancelled show ($6.77 for each senior membership and $8.33 for each regular membership).

Our "Plan B" would be to move A Red Plaid Shirt once again, this time having it appear as the winter show in our 2020-21 season. We would then be producing only two shows in the upcoming season. The board would choose the show for the spring production at a later time.

We understand that many of you may not feel comfortable assembling in a group with other theatre-goers at this time. However, we would ask that you thoughtfully consider renewing your membership anyway. Last spring was the first time we had to cancel a production in our 87-year history, and our financial security depends on your ongoing generosity and faithful support.

We thank you for your loyalty, knowing that together we will get through this!

BCT Board of Directors



The cast for our fall show includes:

Chuck Ingle as Marty

Pat Hall as Deb

Jay Goodwin as Fred

Kay Nordstrom as Gladys


Doris Tropp will direct the show.


Some RED PLAID SHIRT photos:


Les Blumreich is the stage manager for this production. Her duties include never taking her eyes off the script during rehearsals and performances. She will be recording all the stage movement and then calling all the lighting and sound cues during the performances.

An early read-through rehearsal for A RED PLAID SHIRT.

Chuck Ingle and Doris Tropp study a scale model of a break-away coffee table which is needed as a part of the action of the play. The set builders will be constructing an apartment setting, but also will need to provide areas for the other locations required by the script. This is always a challenge on our 20' x 20' stage.

BCT was the recipient of a bequest of $21,700 from the estate of a long-time theatregoer. Air conditioning for our theatre had been a dream for BCT for many years.  With an additional gift of $18,300 from P.A.P.A.S. (Parent Advocates or the Performing Arts in Our Schools), we were able to present the School District of Beloit with a check for $40,000 for the installation of air conditioning. 

Making the presentation at a school board meeting were (left to right): Pat Hoye, BCT President; Jackie Jackson, founding board member of P.A.P.A.S.; Greg Wallendal, P.A.P.A.S. President and current theatre director at Beloit Memorial High School; and Loren Sass, P.A.P.A.S treasurer and BCT Vice-President.


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 thank you goes out to the bakers for our winter production of 37 Postcards: Jan Vaccarello, Ellen Colletta, Pat Hall, Sue Hess, Linda Watts, Mickey Lanphear, Kathy Vogel, Bonnie Pody, Robin Stauffacher, Penny Kennedy, Sally Pierick, Charlotte LeHane, Judy Wightman and also our hard-working Board of Directors. We can also always use a hand with ushering (you get to see the show for free!)  For more information, see our website at www.beloitcivictheatre.org or call the office at (608)201-3084 and leave a message.  If you would like to volunteer as a set builder or painter, give Loren Sass a call at 608-201-3084, 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:  Elizabeth Armstrong, Donna Balsley, Deb Burns, Mary Easland, Mike Fallon, Dee Fischer, 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 beloitcivictheatre@gmail.com

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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