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’!

Previous Productions

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