Since 1966, Theatre on the Bay has been a community mainstay, providing culture, entertainment, education and enrichment for our residents, tourists and business people alike.
The UW-Marinette campus theatre is named in honor of Herbert L. Williams, associate professor of Communication Arts and Artistic Director of Theatre on the Bay from 1966 until his retirement in 1996.
- In 1966, Bay Shore Players (TOB's precurser) opened with three one-act plays directed by Herbert L. Williams and Lyle Iverson
- Built in 1968 by Marinette County
- Furnished by the University
- Backstage area expanded in 1983
- 362 seats
- Thrust stage
- First performance Feb. 11, 1969, concert by flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal
- First Theatre on the Bay production, "Lion in Winter"
- First lecture, cartoonist Al Capp
- First professional theatre touring performance, "Waiting for Godot" by the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre.
The 50th Season: 2016-2017
July 21 - 31, 2016
Theater on the Bay
The musical Little Women is the first show of TOB's 50th Season. Louisa May Alcott's captivating novel is brought to life in this musical filled with personal discovery, heartache, hope, and love. Little Women follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March, and their experiences growing up in Cival War America.
The Little Mermaid
October 14 - 23, 2016
Journey "under the sea" with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr. This performance is adapted from Disney's Broadway production and the motion picture featuring the enormously popular Academy Award-winning music and delightfully charming book and lyrics. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories, Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr. is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home - and her friend - behind and live in the world above.
These Shining Lives
November 11 - 20, 2016
Theater on The Bay
These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich is based upon a true story of four women who used radium to paint watch dials in an Illinois factory, with tragic consequences. The play dramatizes the dangers women faced in the workforce in the 1920s and the lack of concern by companies for protecting the health of their employees.
Goldilocks and the Three Pigs
February 10 - 19, 2017
Children's Theatre blends these two classics with a playful romp that begins with Goldilocks dashing into the house of the three Chop brothers. Yes, these are the same three pigs who lost two of the houses to the Wolf and they're still emotionally scarred from the incident! The end concoction is delightful take on a couple of old storybook standbys full of energy and enough humor and adventure for children of all ages!
The Last Night of Ballyhoo
April 21 - 30, 2017
Theater on the Bay
The 1997 Tony Award winner for Best Play, The Last Night of Ballyhoo by Alfred Uhry, closes the 50th season in April 2017. Set in Atlanta in December of 1939, just as the world premiere of Gone with the Wind was to open in Atlanta and Hitler was invading Poland, the Jewish Freitag family is much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. The family gets pulled apart and mended together with plenty of comedy, romance and revelations, as the characters face where they came from and are forced to confront who they really are.
50/21 A Gala Musical Revue
Celebrate TOB's Golden Anniversary as we take a look back at what we've accomplished over the last 50 years. Help us usher in the 21st century as we check out some of the shows you might see in our next 50 years! THIS REVUE RUNS FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY, SO MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW FOR JULY 28TH - ONE EVENING ONLY!