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Benstead Theatre

Benstead Theatre is located in the C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts, home to music, fine arts and theatre. The theatre is an innovative flexible-space “black-box.” It includes a proscenium opening, stage deck and a fly gallery, allowing plays to be staged in arena, thrust, environmental or proscenium depending upon the director and designers’ creative vision. The facility is dedicated to the theatre department so rehearsals and construction occur right in the space. First-year students who have experienced only proscenium staging in high school find Benstead Theatre a new and exciting place to perform and work.

The theatre is supported by lighting and sound control boards that are replaced with the latest equipment on a regular rotation; fully equipped scene and costume shops; a design studio; an acting studio; and a makeup room large enough to double as a rehearsal space.

Tickets to all Theatre performances are free. Reservations are recommended. Please call 920-748-8791 to reserve your seats today!

2017-18  Theatre Season

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, by Chrisopher Durang


October 4,5, and 7, 2017 | Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; Special matinee performance Oct. 7 beginning at 2 p.m.

Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, this is master comedy Christopher Durang at his best. The playwright takes characters and themes from Chekhov, pours them into a blender and mixes them up.

Deliriously funny… a heedless good time.” – The New York Times


Naked Mole Rats in the World of Darkness, by Mike Folie


November 15, 16, and 18, 2017 | Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; Special matinee performance Nov. 18 beginning at 2 p.m.

A kaleidoscopic spoof on the inevitable tensions between men and women ranging from the hilariously absurd to the poignant and bittersweet. An amusing romp where love, humor and insight are tucked in together, side-by-side.


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, music and lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin


February 28-March 3, 2018 | Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

This wonderful, warm-hearted musical follows students striving for recognition and affection in the world of competitive spelling. Winner of the Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for Best Musical Book.

Includes a special Friends of the Arts in-depth musical theatre discussion, 6-7 p.m. Thursday, March 1.


One Act Play Festival, featuring student directors


April 13-14, 2018 | Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

A celebration of short plays presented by young directors.

Physical Address: 300 W. Seward St. Ripon, WI
Mailing Address: PO Box 248 Ripon, WI 54971-0248
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 800-947-4766
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