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.

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 offer season tickets with both six-show (20% discount) and three-show (10% discount) packages.  Our packages offer free and flexible ticket exchanges and the ability to reserve your favorite seat. Purchase your season tickets.


2019-2020 Season

Mamma Mia!

And some songs with STIG ANDERSON.
Originally Conceived by JUDY CRAYMER.
July 19-28, 2019
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2 pm​

Sophie Sheridan is getting married! But who’s walking her down the aisle? Sophie has no idea who her real father is, and her mother is no help: according to Donna Sheridan’s diary, three different men could be Sophie’s dad. Sophie secretly invites all three to the wedding, hoping to answer her question by bringing them all together at her home on the sunny Greek island of Kalokairi. ABBA's disco-pop songbook propels this tale of love, laughter and friendship. Mamma Mia! promises to be a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!

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Frozen JR.

Based on the Disney film written by JENNIFER LEE & directed by CHRIS BUCK & JENNIFER LEE
October 11-13th and 18-20, 2019
Fridays at 7 pm, Saturdays at 2 pm (Sing-a-long) and 7 pm Sunday at 2 pm 

Based on the 2018 Broadway musical, Frozen JR. brings Elsa, Anna and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage.  A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR., expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa.  When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood.  With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure and plenty of humor, Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!  Watch for details on our new sing-a-long Saturday matinees!

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by Craig Lucas 

Nov. 15-24, 2019
Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm

When Rachel’s husband puts a hit out on her on Christmas eve, she finds herself running for her life. Taken in by kind-hearted Lloyd and his paraplegic wife Pooty, Rachel becomes an honorary member of a new family. But she soon discovers that her new friends and new life are not what they seem. TOB takes audience member on a wild comedic ride with this Christmas-themed story of what happens when you lose--and find-- yourself.

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Christmas by the Bay

Partnering with the First Street Academy of Dance
December 13-15th, 2019
Friday, Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 2 pm

Join us for the third annual holiday concert which displays the amazing talent of musicians and singers in our community.  Christmas by the Bay showcases talent of all ages and will be again partnering with the First Street Academy of Dance for this wonderful Christmas performance.

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Anne of Green Gables

by R.N. SANDBERG from the novel by L.M. MONTGOMERY
February 7-9th and 14-16th, 2020
Fridays, Saturdays at 7 pm and Sundays at 2 pm

This new dramatization captures the charm and excitement of L.M. Montgomery's enduring classic about an orphan girl, Anne Shirley, from her first encounter with her austere guardian to her thrilling graduation from Queen's Academy.  All the tragedies and triumphs that mark Anne's growth from adolescence to early adulthood are here:  her friendship with Diana, her feuds with Gilbert, her adoration of Matthew, the mistaken wine bottle, the cake disaster, the broken leg, the scholastic achievements and the saving of Green Gables.  This play will solidify a lasting friendship between the audience and one of literature's most unforgettable characters.

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The Importance of Being Earnest 

by Oscar Wilde
April 17-26
Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm

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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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.