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“Broadway Meets Lake Benton”
March 15th, 2014

“Pirates of the Chemo”
April 4-6 & 11-13
Cancer tries to bring you down. Laughter brings you up. Fortunately, only one of them is contagious. The laughter and tears of six ladies in a weekly cancer support group. Winner of the Audience Choice Award for Best Play!
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RTR High School Play - May 9-10-11

Memorial Day Program May 26th

Father’s Day Open House June 14th

“The Wizard of Oz” July 24-25-26-27 & July 31, Aug 1,2,3
There's no place like home...

“Blithe Spirit” October 3-4-5-6 & 10-11-12
The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much-revived classic from the playwright of Private Lives offers up fussy, cantakerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who is called up by a visiting "happy medium", one Madame Arcati. As the (worldly and un-) personalities clash, Charles' current wife Ruth is accidentally killed, "passes over", joins Elvira and the two "blithe spirits" haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity.

Children’s Theatre November 15th

18th Annual Christmas Show December 6th

About Us

Built in the 19th Century, the Lake Benton Opera House has seen many changes over the decades, but it still stands as vibrant and relevant here in the 21st Century as it did when the last brick was laid back in 1895. In 1970, the building was scheduled for demolition after years of sitting empty and falling into a state of disrepair. Due to the diligence of a group of passionate citizens, our amazing facility was saved from the wrecking ball. With the help of a lot of hard work and many financial contributions, the theatre was restored. In 1976, the Opera House was incorporated as a non-profit organization and continues to thrive today. We are dedicated to bringing quality community theatre to southwestern Minnesota and the surrounding region, as well as serving as the cultural center of our community. The Lake Benton Opera House, Inc. is governed by a board of 12, which oversees the production of three plays and two musical productions each year, as well as Children's Theatre each November. We strive to be a vital part of our community, also sharing our facility for city functions and with area organizations. We survive on ticket sales and the gracious contributions of area businesses and individuals, as well as hundreds of hours of dedicated service by our selfless volunteers. If you are interested in participating in any of our productions on stage or behind the scenes or if you would like to contribute financially, please feel free to contact us.

  • Mark Wilmes - President
  • Lynn Carpenter - Treasurer
  • Kathy Johnson - Secretary
  • David Norgaard - Chairman
  • Teresa Schreurs - Vice Chairman
  • Anne Lichtsinn - Tickets
  • Caren Petersen
  • Cheryl Johnson
  • Milo Downs
  • Sandy Hanson
  • Gail Hovland
  • Nathaniel Gates
  • Lisa Willert
  • Kim Fleet
  • Carl Burk

Seating info

*One free ticket with each block of 20 sold.

Tickets may be reserved any day by calling 507-368-4620 (from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. only please) or e-mail lakebentonoperahouse@gmail.com . On play days, the box office will be open two hours before the show, when tickets may be reserved either in person or by calling the Opera House number.To order by mail, write:

Lake Benton Opera House, Inc.
PO Box 1
Lake Benton, MN 56149

Enclose a stamped, self-address envelope if you wish tickets mailed to you; or tickets may be picked up at the box office on the night of the performance no later than 7:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m. for afternoon performances) If you are unavoidly delayed beyond the 7:30/1:30 deadline, we suggest that you call the box office so your tickets can be held for you. Otherwise, no-shows must be made available to walk-ins who come wanting tickets.