Brainerd Community Theatre

About the Community Theatre

The Brainerd Community Theatre, part of the Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center, serves as a cultural hub for the Brainerd Lakes area, and enjoys a 50-year tradition of providing year-round theatre entertainment. Students and community members alike are welcome to be a part of the productions, both onstage and backstage. Productions are staged year-round, with a robust summer theatre program serving the resort population of the area.

'The Odd Couple'

Up Next for the Brainerd Community Theatre INDOORS ON THE CHALBERG STAGE, Neil Simon's, 'The Odd Couple'...

This story of two mis-matched men sharing an apartment and struggling to accommodate one another’s eccentricities has been a mainstay of American theatre since its debut in the mid-1960’s.

The cast for the Brainerd Community Summer Theatre production of Neil Simon’s classic comedy, ‘The Odd Couple,’ has been announced. Director Beth Selinger of Randall will work with the following actors as they create the roles in this well-known favorite of the stage.

Playing the role of Felix Unger is Ben Gordon of Pine River, known to area audiences for many previous roles in musicals like ‘The Addams Family’ and plays such as ‘Bus Stop.’ His slovenly roommate, Oscar Madison, will be portrayed by Marc Oliphant of Baxter, who has appeared in productions such as ‘Boeing, Boeing’ and ‘Bill W. and Dr. Bob.’

The poker playing pals of Oscar and Felix will be played by C.J. Nichols (Speed), Eddie Binda (Murray the cop), Mike Anderson (Vinnie) all of Brainerd, and Jesse Brutscher (Roy) of Little Falls. Each of these actors has appeared in numerous productions in area community theatres.

The charming upstairs neighbors, Cecily and Gwendolyn Pigeon, will be played by Lisa LeBlanc (Little Falls) and Jenny Kiffmeyer (Breezy Point), respectively.

The production will be stage managed by Nancy Ryan (Pine River). Set design is by George Marsolek (Brainerd), and sound engineer is Curtis Jendro (Little Falls).

‘The Odd Couple’ will be performed INDOORS - CHALBERG THEATRE 
June 22-24 and June 29 through July 1. 

Tickets sold "day of" for each performance date
CLCPAC Indoor Box Office open 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. each performance date

$10 Adult - $5 Under 18

PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED YOUR COVID VACCINATION WE ASK THAT YOU KINDLY WEAR A FACE COVERING WHILE INDOORS ON CAMPUS

Frequently Asked Questions

It’s just for CLC students, right?

Not at all! As a community theatre we involve the entire community. Auditions are open to everyone. And we’d love to have you backstage, if being onstage is not your thing. Our shows are always a mix of community members, students, former students, and people of all ages.

You have to have a lot of acting experience to get a role, right?

Not at all! We love having first-time actors in our productions, along with seasoned performers. You have to start somewhere, so why not start with one of our productions.

It takes a lot of time, doesn’t it? 

The short answer is: maybe. That depends on how much time you have to give. Rehearsals for our productions typically last anywhere from 4 to 5 weeks, with another two weekends of performances. We try to work with your schedule as much as we possibly can so that you can participate. The crews who run our shows are generally committed to three weeks of time. We respect your time. We understand you’re making a sacrifice of time to be with us. We think you’ll find it’s well worth it.

How do those actors memorize all those lines? 

The one question most actors are asked. The answer, of course, is one sentence at a time. 

I don’t want to act. What else have you got?

We are always glad to hear this question! For every actor on stage there are at least three people working behind the scenes to build scenery, paint it, hang it, find props, help with costuming, focus the lighting, run the controls, manage the stage, usher the audience….it takes an army! We’d love to have you enlist! You may rise to the rank of general!

Who do I contact if I want to join up, or just have more questions than these? 

For information about upcoming plays, auditions, and work on stage, contact Patrick Spradlin at [email protected] or at 218-855-8255. For work back stage, contact George Marsolek at [email protected] or at 218-855-8204. To be added to our audition announcement email list, or to ask about opportunities to usher or help promote our work, contact our box office at [email protected] or at 218-855-8199.

Past Productions

Talking With by Jane Martin

Scotland Road by Jeffrey Hatcher

Past productions continued...

2020-21 Season:
Talking With
Scotland Road
The Marveolous Wonderettes
Sh-Boom! LIfe Could Be A Dream
2019-20 Season:
A Long Trip - BCT's first live streamed play
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
All My Sons
Mamma Mia!
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
2018-19 Season:
The Sunshine Boys
A Few Good Men
Boeing, Boeing
Bill W. and Dr. Bob
The Elephant Man
Church Basement Ladies
2017-18 Season
Play On!
The Woman in Black
Mr. Burns-A Post Electric Play
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
Young Frankenstein-The Mel Brooks Musical
Neil Simon's "Rumors"

2016-17 Season:
Nunsense
Clarence Darrow
Flowers for Algernon
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Hansel and Gretel
2015-16 Season:
Steel Magnolias
Bill W. and Dr. Bob
The Seafarer
Relatively Speaking
Monty Python’s Spamalot
2014-15 Season:
The Foreigner
The Mousetrap
The Servant of Two Masters
Blithe Spirit
The (Almost) Totally True Story of Hansel & Gretel
2013-14 Season:
The Rimers of Eldritch
I Hate Hamlet
Jack the Ripper, Monster of Whitechapel
The Weir
Dearly Departed
2012-13 Season:
The Glass Menagerie
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Season’s Greetings
The Diary of Anne Frank
Brighton Beach Memoirs