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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 45 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.

You do not need to be enrolled at Central Lakes College for a chance to be onstage or to be a part of a production. Volunteers are always needed to assist with backstage crew, set construction and ushering. Auditions are officially announced on our events calendar, by email, and on social media. If you are not currently on our audition email list and would like to be added, email your request to  You will receive updates about auditions, upcoming shows, the latest changes, and ticket discounts. We are spam-free and you may opt-out anytime.

Want to get involved? Contact us to learn about auditions, backstage volunteer opportunities, ushering, and generally helping out. Help put the ‘community’ back into ‘community theatre’!

Meet the Cast of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”

Brainerd Community Theatre’s spring 2017 production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof has been cast and rehearsals are underway. We’ve assembled a most exceptional cast of students and community members for what has been called by many Tennessee Williams’ most powerful play. Performances will take place in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College, March 1-4, 2017.

Nicole RothleutnerNicole Rothleutner
Nicole Rothleutner plays the role of Maggie. She has been in several BCT productions, most recently seen as Shelby in the summer production of ‘Steel Magnolias.’ Nicole is a Brainerd native.

kevin yeagerKevin Yeager
Kevin Yeager plays the role of Brick. A veteran of numerous area theatre productions, Kevin last appeared on the BCT stage in the role of Dr. Nemur in ‘Flowers for Algernon.’

ed eyestoneEd Eyestone
Ed Eyestone plays Big Daddy. Ed lives in Crosby, and has appeared at BCT in different plays, including ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’ and ‘It Runs in the Family.’

marc oliphantMarc Oliphant
Marc Oliphant plays Gooper. He hails from Baxter and has been seen on stage at BCT in a variety of roles, including Ellard in ‘The Foreigner’ and Ivan in ‘The Seafarer.’

sharon-hartleySharon Hartley
Sharon Hartley plays Big Mama. Sharon is a long-time veteran of the BCT and other area stages, playing a wide variety of roles. Most recently she was seen on the BCT stage in ‘Dearly Departed.’ Sharon also lends her costuming talents to numerous area productions.

jon howardJon Howard
Jon Howard plays Dr. Baugh. Jon is a relative newcomer to the stage, having auditioned last spring as a way of challenging himself to do different things. The result was a place in the cast of ‘Spamalot’ and in this production.

laura-marsolekLaura Marsolek
Laura Marsolek plays Mae. Laura has been seen in the chorus of ‘Spamalot’ and in the leading role of Ginny in ‘Relatively Speaking’ on the BCT stage. She has also appeared in other area theatre productions.

DSC08088Maritza Larsen

DSC08102Michael Soderlund
(Rev. Tooker)

Previous Productions

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