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!

2018-19 Theatre Season

“Silent Sky,” play by Lauren Gunderson

Oct. 10-13, 2018 | Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

A beautifully entertaining story of a brilliant woman claiming her place among astronomy’s stars, told by America’s most-produced playwright.

“Paragon Springs” by Steven Dietz

Nov. 28-Dec. 1, 2018: | Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

This adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s “Enemy of the People” is set in a small Wisconsin town in 1926. The play explores the issues of the environment, our democracy, and the role of the individual.

“Tartuffe,” by Molière

Feb 27- March 2, 2019 | Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

Written by the French playwright in 1664, this is one of the most dangerous and controversial comedies of all time. A play of conmen, zealots, lovers and schemers written by the world’s acknowledged master of comedy.

Friends of the Arts pre-show reception and discussion, 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28.

One Act Play Festival, featuring student directors

April 12-13, 2019 | Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

A celebration of short plays presented by young directors.

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300 W. Seward St. Ripon, WI 54971
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