Main Stage Production History


1964 1st Season

1st Production - Summer - HARVEY

1965 2nd Season

2nd Production - Spring - ARSENIC AND OLD LACE

3rd Production - Summer - SOUTH PACIFIC

1966 3rd Season

4th Production - Spring - ALL MY SONS

5th Production - Summer - THE SOUND OF MUSIC

6th Production - Fall - NEVER TOO LATE

1967 4th Season

7th Production - Spring - THE GAZEBO

8th Production - Summer - BYE, BYE, BIRDIE

9th Production - Fall - KIND LADY

1968 5th Season

10th Production - Spring - BAREFOOT IN THE PARK

11th Production - Summer - THE PAJAMA GAME

12th Production - Fall - THE FANTASTICKS

1969 6th Season

13th Production - Spring - THE ODD COUPLE

14th Production - Summer - THE KING & I

15th Production - Fall - MARY, MARY

1970 7th Season

16th Production - Spring - THE SUBJECT WAS ROSES

17th Production - Summer - THE MUSIC MAN

18th Production - Fall - CACTUS FLOWER

1971 8th Season

19th Production - Spring - THE GLASS MENAGERIE

20th Production - Summer - FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

21st Production - Fall - A THOUSAND CLOWNS

1972 9th Season

22nd Production - Spring - YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN

23rd Production - Summer - OLIVER

24th Production - Fall - WAIT UNTIL DARK

1973 10th Season

25th Production - Spring - THE WIZARD OF OZ

26th Production - Summer - MAME

27th Production - Fall - STAR SPANGLED GIRL

1974 11th Season

28th Production - Spring - OUR TOWN

29th Production -Summer - HELLO, DOLLY

30th Production - Fall - MY THREE ANGELS

1975 12th Season

31st Production - Spring - LIFE WITH FATHER

32nd Production - Summer - MAN OF LAMANCHA

33rd Production - Fall - AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS

1976 13th Season

34th Production - Spring - THE PRISONER OF SECOND AVENUE

35th Production - Summer - MY FAIR LADY


1977 14th Season

37th Production - Spring - GODSPELL

38th Production - Summer - 1776

39th Production - Fall - GOD’S FAVORITE

1978 15th Season

40th Production - Spring - ONLY AN ORPHAN GIRL

41st Production - Summer - CAMELOT

42nd Production - Fall - A CHRISTMAS CAROL

1979 16th Season

43rd Production - Spring - THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK

44th Production - Summer - APPLAUSE

45th Production - Fall - I DO, I DO

1980 17th Season

46th Production - Spring - PLAZA SUITE

47th Production - Summer - WEST SIDE STORY

48th Production - Fall - PLAY IT AGAIN SAM

1981 18th Season

49th Production - Spring - THE MOUSETRAP

50th Production - Summer - OKLAHOMA

51st Production - Fall - THE GOOD DOCTOR

1982 19th Season

52nd Production - Spring - THE COUNT WILL RISE AGAIN

53rd Production - Summer - PIPPIN

54th Production - Fall - THE SUNSHINE BOYS

1983 20th Season

55th Production - Spring - BLITHE SPIRIT

56th Production - Summer - SOUTH PACIFIC

57th Production - Fall - DA

1984 21st Season

58th Production - Spring - WORKING

59th Production - Summer - GYPSY

60th Production - Fall - THE GAME

1985 22nd Season

61st Production - Spring - BACKSTAGE ON SPRING ST

62nd Production - Summer - GUYS & DOLLS

63rd Production - Fall - TEN LITTLE INDIANS

1986 23rd Season

64th Production - Spring - THE FANTASTICKS

65th Production - Summer - BYE, BYE, BIRDIE

66th Production - Fall - ARSENIC AND OLD LACE

1987 24th Season

67th Production - Spring - CRIMES OF THE HEART

68th Production - Summer - ANYTHING GOES

69th Production - Fall - ALONE TOGETHER

1988 25th Season

70th Production - Spring - THE FOREIGNER

71st Production - Summer - A FUNNY THING HAPPENED...

72nd Production - Fall - ON GOLDEN POND

1989 26th Season

73rd Production - Spring - GODSPELL

74th Production - Summer - ANNIE

75th Production - Fall - LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

1990 27th Season

76th Production - Spring - MORNING’S AT SEVEN

77th Production - Summer - CAROUSEL

78th Production - Fall - STEEL MAGNOLIAS

1991 28th Season

79th Production - Spring - LET’S MURDER MARSHA

80th Production - Summer - DO YOU REMEMBER?

81st Production - Fall - RUN FOR YOUR WIFE

1992 29th Season

82nd Production - Spring - NUNSENSE

83rd Production - Summer - 1940 RADIO HOUR

84th Production - Fall - THE RAINMAKER

1993 30th Season

85th Production - Spring - THE NERD

86th Production - Summer - OLIVER

87th Production - Fall - LEND ME A TENOR

1994 31st Season

88th Production - Spring - BLACK FRIDAY

89th Production - Summer - PIRATES OF PENZANCE

90th Production - Fall - RUMORS

1995 32nd Season

91st Production - Spring - DIAL M FOR MURDER


93rd Production - Fall - OUT OF ORDER

1996 33rd Season

94th Production - Spring - THE ODD COUPLE (female version)

95th Production - Summer - WEST SIDE STORY

96th Production - Fall - BREAKING LEGS

1997 34th Season

97th Production - Spring - BUS STOP

98th Production - Summer - ANY COLOR YOU LIKE…

99th Production - Fall - SUITE HEARTS

1998 35th Season

100th Production - Spring - ANGEL STREET

101ST Production - Summer - KING & I

102nd Production - Fall - TALLEY’S FOLLEY

1999 36th Season

103rd Production - Spring - SYLVIA

104th Production - Summer - WORKING

105th Production - Fall - FOREVER PLAID

2000 37th Season

106th Production - Spring - TWO BY TWO

107th Production - Summer - SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS

108th Production - Fall - HARVEY

2001 38th Season

109th Production - Spring - NUNSENSE

110th Production - Summer - SOUND OF MUSIC

111th Production - Fall - DEATH TRAP

2002 39th Season

112th Production - Spring - OVER THE RIVER…

113th Production - Summer - FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

114th Production - Fall - IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

2003 40th Season

115th Production - Spring - SOCIAL SECURITY

116th Production - Summer - GREASE

117th Production - Fall - OUR TOWN

2004 41st Season

118th Production - Spring - ENCORE!

119th Production - Summer - THE MUSIC MAN

120th Production - Fall - DIARY OF ANNE FRANK

2005 42nd Season

121st Production - Spring - DRACULA

122nd Production - Summer - OKLAHOMA

123rd Production - Fall - OVER THE TAVERN

2006 43rd Season

124th Production - Spring - THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE

125th Production - Summer - FOOTLOOSE

126th Production - Fall - COTTON PATCH GOSPEL

2007 44th Season

127th Production - Spring - THE FOREIGNER

128th Production - Summer - SINGING IN THE RAIN

129th Production - Spring - SPITFIRE GRILL

2008 45th Season

130th Production - Spring - DON’T HUG ME

131st Production - Summer - A CHORUS LINE

132nd Production - Fall - MOON OVER BUFFALO

2009 46th Season

133rd Production - Spring - TRIANGLE

134th Production - Summer - PETER PAN

135th Production - Fall - DON’T HUG ME CHRISTMAS CAROL

2010 47th Season

136th Production - Spring - WAIT UNTIL DARK

137th Production - Summer - CAROUSEL

138th Production - Fall - CEMETERY CLUB

2011 48th Season

139th Production - Spring - THE FANTASTICKS

140th Production - Summer - THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE

141st Production - Fall - NOISES OFF

142nd Production Holiday BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER

2012 49th Season

143rd Production - Spring - ARSENIC AND OLD LACE

144th Production - Summer - THE WEDDING SINGER

145th Production - Fall - THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB

146th Production Holiday THE TRIAL OF EBENEZER SCROOGE

2013 50th Season

147th Production - Spring - NEXT TO NORMAL


149th Production - Fall - A DON'T HUG ME COUNTY FAIR   

2014 51st Season

150th Production - Spring - ROOTS AND WINGS:  A GOLDEN TRIBUTE

151st Production - Summer - THE WIZARD OF OZ

152nd Production - Fall - LEAVING IOWA

153rd Production - Holiday - A FAIRY TALE CHRISTMAS 

2015 52nd Season                          

154th Production - Spring - CHEESEHEADS THE MUSICAL

155th Production - Summer - MAN OF LA MANCHA

156th Production - Fall - THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY

2016 52nd Season                        

157th Production - Winter - THE HIGHTOWER DETECTIVE AGENCY


159th Production - Summer - GUYS AND DOLLS

160th Production - Fall - GODSPELL

2017 53rd Season 

161st Production - Spring - ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID

162nd Production - Late Spring - THE ODD COUPLE

163rd Production - Summer - INTO THE WOODS

164th Production - Fall - LOMBARDI 







First production, "Harvey," rehearsed at Girl Scout House, performed at local Wisconsin movie theater (then a singular theater).

Incorporation of Beaver Dam Community Theatre.


Two shows: "Arsenic and Old Lace," and first musical, "South Pacific," performed at the Wisconsin theater; rehearsals above *"One-Hour Martinizing," on Front Street, in a warehouse on N. Center, and in a grocery store basement on S. Spring.


Three show season established: fall and spring shows, plus a summer musical.


St. John's Lutheran Church, corner of Lincoln and Maple, purchased and renovated as BDCT's workshop and rehearsal building. Performances continued at movie theater.


Tell-A-Tale Children's Theatre originated.

A permanent BDCT Management Staff initiated.


In addition to its two "in-school" shows for children, TAT season increased its number of summer shows -- one by grade school children and one by Jr/Sr High students.

BDCT established the "spotlight," in show programs, giving special recognition to long-term BDCT supporters.


Tell-A-Tale Council established.


Tell-A-Tale Council established.


In its twentieth season, BDCT purchased its present building (formerly the Baptist Church) on the corner of Spring and Third Streets.


TAT conducted a pilot drama class as part of the Beaver Dam Junior High School curriculum.


Major community fund drive conducted to support the building improvements needed to transform the church into a workable theater.

Tell-A-Tale expanded its "in-school" program beyond Beaver Dam, touring to other area schools.

BDCT "On Call" traveling entertainment troupe established.

STAGE II concept introduced for alternative, experimental, and small budget programs.

BOWS AND HOLLY holiday variety show, now a tradition, initiated.


25th anniversary year-long celebration.


BDCT presented "Do You Remember," celebrating Beaver Dam's Sesquicentennial. (First production in the new Beaver Dam High School auditorium; the main season summer musicals continue to be presented in the auditorium.)


BDCT premiered a full-scale original musical, "Any Color You Like As Long As It's Black."


To emphasize area participation and support, BDCT became Beaver Dam AREA Community Theatre.


Tell-A-Tale Council established.


Replacement of church pews with 219 real theater seats.


BDACT employed a half time Managing Director..


TAT celebrates its 30th Anniversary and BDACT celebrates its 40th Anniversary Year with many shows and programs, including STAGE II "Roots and Wings" concerts showcasing its "alums."

 2014 BDACT's 50th anniversary celebration brought back many performers who had grown up with this community theatre and continued on to perform professionally.  

*Other performance locations throughout the years: Wayland Academy, Dreger's Village Square (now the Elks Club), Wilson School, the Beaver Mall, the Beaver Dam Junior High School gymnasium (now the Middle School).

From the first BDCT review about its first show, "Harvey," published in the Beaver Dam Citizen in 1964 - (The same could be said for all of our productions) "It was gratifying to read in the program how many Beaver Dam area citizens and families participated in some phase of the production… Perhaps the best aspect of the whole thing was that the cast and staff seemed to enjoy doing the play as much as the audience enjoyed seeing it."


The Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre has become a vital organization for our communities, offering so much opportunity for education and entertainment to everyone of all ages. For our youth, it is a “door” to explore their talents and future career choices, as well as a way to build their self-esteem and enjoy positive childhood experiences. For adults, it gives opportunities to discover and show talents, to build skills, to establish new friendships, and to gain a great sense of pride in their accomplishments.


Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre
219 N. Spring Street
Beaver Dam, WI 53916
Phone: (920) 885-6891

David Saniter, Managing Director

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