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
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.
The Lake Benton Opera House Board of
News & Audition Information
Nunset Boulevard - October 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 at 7:30, October 6, 12, 13 at 2:00.
Opera House Christmas Show - Two performances - Saturday, December 7th @ 2:00 and 7:30.
Front: Cheryl Johnson, Caren Petersen, Clarice Nordmeyer, Carol Mensen,Kathy Johnson (Secretary), Joyce Knutson. Back: Mark Wilmes (President),Dave Norgaard (Vice Chairman), Lynn Carpenter (Chairman), Gail Hovland, Anne Lichtsinn (Treasurer), Milo Downs.