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 x4342.

Tickets for Theatre on the Bay’s “Season of Intrigue” and Children’s Theatre performances are now on sale! You may purchase online, or at our box office one hour before each performance. If ordering online, you may print your tickets at home, have them sent to your smart phone (no printing required), or pick up physical tickets at the box office on the night of the show.


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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

July 14-16 & 21-23, 2017
Fri & Sat at 7:30 p.m., Sun at 2 p.m. 
Theatre on The Bay

Sweeny Todd

At the top of TOB Season 51: an intriguing tale of revenge, murder, and baking! Sweeney Todd, a London man, is unjustly sent to prison and his family is torn from him. Once out, Sweeney plans his murderous revenge plot: he conspires with his downstairs neighbor, the dreadful Mrs. Lovett, to bake his enemies into meat pies and sell them to the unsuspecting public. A black comedic revenge fantasy about justice gone wrong, Stephen Sondheim’s witty and surprising score (considered by many to be one of his best) makes this a musical not to be missed, as TOB kicks off our season of intrigue.

Mature themes, best for ages 14 and older

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Seussical Seussical Jr. (Children's Theatre)

October 13-15 & 20-22, 2017
Fri & Sat at 7 p.m., Sun at 2 p.m. 

Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that's been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!

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The War of the Worlds

October 28, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. ONE NIGHT ONLY
Theatre on the Bay 

War of the Worlds

This infamous radio play convinced terrified listeners in 1938 that an actual alien invasion of Earth was taking place. Watch and listen as Theatre on the Bay becomes Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre on the Air just in time for an extraterrestrial Halloween treat!

Suitable for all ages, best for 11 and older

Learn more about auditioning for The War of the Worlds

Admission is by donation at the door



Menominee River Mysteries: The Summer of ’27

November 10-12 & 17-19, 2017
A Theatre on the Bay World Premiere!

Menominee River Mysteries: Summer of '27

A Theatre on the Bay world premiere! Despite Prohibition, the Marinette County Bootleggers are making a name for themselves, that is until a corpse washes ashore the bank of the Menominee River and they’re to blame! As local law enforcement take sides, unlikely heroes emerge in this hysterically fictional, yet historically factual, murder mystery. 

This new play is written by Menominee, Michigan resident Tony LaMalfa, a long-time Theatre on the Bay performer and first-time playwright. Based on local historical figures with names many audience members may recognize (Howard Emich, Charles Goldberg and Harvey Higley, to name a few), this fictional story is set against the backdrop of Marinette of 1927. Come celebrate local history as Theatre on the Bay’s season of intrigue continues!

Suitable for all ages, best for 11 and older

Learn more about auditioning for Menominee River Mysteries: The Summer of '27

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Christmas at the Movies (Children’s Theatre)

December 8 & 9 at 7 p.m., TWO NIGHTS ONLY

Christmas at the Movies

Start your Christmas season off right with a celebration of your favorite holiday movie melodies!

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Crumpled Classics (Children’s Theatre)

February 15-18, 2018 

Crumpled Classics

With first-year teacher Ms. Collins out sick, her quirky students pull together the school’s annual “Classics on Parade,” and decide to make the stories relevant to today’s audiences: Frankie Stein trying to assemble the perfect prom date! A second-rate theatrical agent becoming the Phantom of the Opera so he can force a good deal! A desperate Shirley Holmes and Joni Watson jump-starting a new detective agency! The authors are rolling in their graves, and Ms. Collins is terrified of losing her job—especially when the principal calls the superintendent in the middle of the show!

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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

Learn more about auditioning for The 39 Steps

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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

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Admission is by donation at the door

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.