Theatre on the Bay


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.

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Theatre Facts

  • In 1966, Bay Shore Players (TOB's precursor) 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.

Season Tickets

Theatre on the Bay and Children's Theatre are excited to once again offer a 5 show package that features a 20% discount on all 5 plays, free and flexible ticket exchanges and the ability to reserve your favorite seat. For complete details, or to purchase a package over the phone, please contact 715-735-4300 x4301.

Tickets for Theatre on the Bay’s “Season of Love, Loss & Life” and Children’s Theatre performances will be available soon.

Remaining 2017-18 Season

The 39 Steps

April 13-15 & 20-22, 2018 

The 39 Steps

The attractive woman Richard Hannay has just met is a counter-espionage agent. Hannay is mistakenly accused of her murder and must clear his name. ‘The 39 Steps’—a spy organization trying to steal British military secrets—chases him from London to Scotland, and will kill him if they can! Based on the Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name, Marber and Buchan’s creative adaptation employs a handful of actors to tackle more than 150 roles in a fast-paced, comedic tour de force. A show The New York Times called “absurdly enjoyable,” this intriguing spy thriller will keep the audience guessing—and laughing.

Suitable for all ages, best for 11 and older.

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

April 27-29, 2018 
Friday & Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

There's an old joke about the actor cast as the gravedigger in Hamlet. "What's the play about?" the actor's wife asks. "It's about a gravedigger who meets a prince," he tells her. Now, meet Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Tom Stoppard's masterful satire focuses on Hamlet's two best friends from childhood, neither of whom can quite figure out what's going on at Elsinore Castle. As the events of William Shakespeare's Hamlet unfold around them, Ros and Guil visit their old friend, and try to figure out just exactly what's real and what isn't ... and why Hamlet wants them both to die.

Suitable for ages 16 and older.

Admission is by donation at the door.

2018-2019 Season

Urinetown, the Musical

July 13-15 and 20-22, 2018


In a dystopian city suffering a 20-year water shortage, private toilets are illegal. Caldwell P. Cladwell's Urine Good Company controls the public amenities where the poor must pay to relieve themselves. Rebels who go illegally get the maximum sentence: a trip to Urinetown! When the poor can't take any more, they kidnap Cladwell's daughter Hope to break his grip on their city, and their bladders. This timely comedy about a society controlled by those who profit at others’ expense will make audiences think about what it takes to stand up to unprincipled power, and what could happen if we don't.

Tickets available here!

Mary Poppins Jr.

October 12-14 and 19-21, 2018

Mary Poppins Jr.

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren't the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that "Anything can happen if you let it."

Tickets available here!


November 9-11 and 16-18, 2018


The play is a contemporary take on the Orpheus myth from Eurydice's perspective. Eurydice dies tragically on her wedding day and journeys to the underworld. After a dip into the river Styx erases her memory, she struggles to piece together her past even as Orpheus works desperately to find a way to help her escape the Lord of the Underworld. A touching and funny exploration of memory, loss, and love, Ruhl's treatment of the famous story is powerful and inventive.

Tickets available here!

Christmas by the Bay

December 14 and 15, 2018

Christmas By the Bay

Start your Christmas season off right with a celebration of your favorite Christmas melodies with singers and musicians of all ages, and dancers from First Street Academy of Dance.

Tickets available here!

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

February 8-10 and 15-17, 2019

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

This new dramatization of C.S. Lewis' classic, set in the land of Narnia, faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. The intense action features chases, duels and escapes as the witch is determined to keep Narnia in her possession and to end the reign of Aslan. This story of love, faith, courage and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is a true celebration of life.

Tickets available here!

The Mousetrap

April 5-7 and 12-14, 2019

The Mousetrap

Molly and Giles Ralston run Monkswell Manor, a guest-house in the English countryside. During a particularly fierce snowstorm, the guests discover that someone has been murdered and the murderer can only be one of them. As the storm rages, the investigation reveals the dark pasts of those inside the house. A true classic, The Mousetrap is the longest running play on London’s West End where it has played continuously for 66 years with over 27,000 performances.

Tickets available here!

Box Office

The box office is located in the main lobby of the Fine Arts Building, On performance dates, tickets can be purchased there one hour before each curtain, or at any time using the ticket links above on this page.