The School District closed the high school building to outside groups in March 2020 because of Coronavirus, so we were unable to rehearse or build our set. The show was then moved to the fall slot in our new season. However, then the entire season was cancelled. Now our fall show in 2021 has also been cancelled.

Last summer, the highly vaccinated Beloit Civic Theatre Board of Directors met to say farewell to Donna Balsley. The group had not seen each other in person for over a year. Donna did costumes and props for BCT shows for MANY years, and is moving to Alabama. We wish her all the best and will definitely miss her contributions to BCT.

Tom Young, whose carpentry skills will be missed in the scene shop, has moved to New Mexico. New board member replacements include Janet Palmer and Sydney Winchester.  Janet is a retired music teacher and has directed many musicals for BCT. Sydney was very active in theatre as a student at Beloit Memorial High School, and has continued as a frequent performer on the BCT 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, 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 608-201-3084, 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 (emeritus), Deb Burns, Mary Easland, Mike Fallon, Dee Fischer, Mary Mowers, Janet Palmer, Lisa Scholten, Susan Smith, and Sydney Winchester


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

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!”

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