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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-Green Bay, 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.

2019-2020 Season

The Importance of Being Earnest 

by Oscar Wilde
Dates TBA (rescheduling from April 17-26)
Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm
Ticket sales have been suspended for this event

Hilarious hijinks ensue as two British bachelors attempt to navigate the rocky road to marital bliss in this classic romantic comedy. When Algernon and Jack meet Cecily and Gwendolyn, sparks fly. But what will Gwendolyn’s meddling mother Lady Bracknell say when she learns her daughter’s paramour is a lowly-born orphan? Will Algernon’s deceptions finally catch up to him? Will Cecily and Gwendolyn ever make peace with one another? And who is Ernest? This bubbly confection is the perfect way to shake off those winter doldrums and welcome in spring.

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2020-2021 Season

Your pick of shows for your season pass can include Theatre on the Bay or Children's Theatre productions. Watch for details SOON!

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9-to-5 The Musical

July 17-19 & July 24-26, 2020
9 to 5 The Musical, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie. Set in the late 1970s. this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic. Directed by John Thornberry, music directed by Brittany Welch, and Choreographed by Heather Olsen.    

Information for 9 to 5 auditions will be coming soon. 

Escanaba in da Moonlight

Escanaba in Da Moonlight

August 20-22, 2020
A hunting story to beat all hunting stories, Escanaba in Da Moonlight spins a hilarious tale of humor, horror and heart as Reuben – the oldest member of the family never to bag a buck – goes to any and all lengths to remove himself from the wrong end of the family record book as the family reunites at deer camp.

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Disney's Moana JR.

October 2-4 & 9-11
This heartwarming coming-of-age story follows the strong-willed Moana as she sets sail across the Pacific with legendary demigod Maui to save her village and discover the truth about her heritage. With empowering messages of bravery and selflessness, Moana JR. is sure to bring out the hero within each of us.

The Rocky Horror Show

The Rocky Horror Show

October 29-31, 2020

Stuck with a flat tire during a storm, sweethearts Brad and Janet discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter and his outlandishly peculiar friends. With its rock-n-roll music and flashy choreography, this gothic, sci-fi and deliberately garish musical has become a true cult classic.

A Christmas Carol

Christmas by the Bay presents A Christmas Carol

December 10-13
A Christmas Carol is a spectacular adaptation of Charles Dickens' most well-known story. Ebeneezer Scrooge is forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his Past, Present and Future, and Ebeneezer learns what Christmas is all about. Joined by the First Street Academy of Dance.

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Peter Pan & Wendy

February 19-21 and 26-28, 2021
Rediscover the loopy fun and the dark corners of J.M. Barrie's original novel with this faithful, fast-moving and easy-to-stage adaptation. When the carefree and careless Peter Pan flies into the nursery of the Darling home, Wendy follows her maternal instincts, bringing her little brothers along for the adventure to Neverland to take care of the motherless Lost Boys. Soon the Darling children are swept into Peter's deadly battle with Captain Hook and his mostly-fearsome pirate crew. With so much excitement, why ever go home again...?

Murder on the Orient Express

Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express

April 16-18 and April 23-25, 2021
A luxury train full of glamorous passengers, a dead body, a suspicious intruder, and mysterious links to a far-distant murder case. Hercule Poirot, the world’s greatest detective, must interrupt his holiday to solve this fiendishly intricate and clever plot.

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Children's Theatre offers opportunities for children ages 6-18 to participate in theatrical productions. Since 1993, the theatre has proudly staged performances of our best-loved stories. Children not only perform and gain confidence but learn valuable stage and life skills like teamwork and responsibility.

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.

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.