Theater enthusiasts should make The Bend part of their next road trip.
Major, national productions often make their way through the Morris Performing Arts Center in downtown South Bend. Phantom of the Opera, Wicked and The Book of Mormon are among the productions that have done an extended stay.
But that’s not the only way to experience live theater here.
Just a little up the road, the South Bend Civic Theatre has been putting on shows for decades. Two Notre Dame grads opened it in 1957, believing community theater should be an important part of our area’s culture. It’s since become a hallmark of downtown South Bend.
The Civic Theatre hosts major productions in the 200-seat Wilson Theatre. Here you’ll find plenty of spaces for actors to sing, dance and carry out their parts.
Smaller shows take place in the more intimate Warner Theatre, where you might feel like part of the production yourself.
Worried about show quality? Don’t. Every cast member goes through a thorough audition process to make sure the best options are chosen for each show. The Civic Theatre also wants to tell the whole story of South Bend on stage. They do so by having as diverse a cast, reflecting The Bend as a community.
Oh, did we mention the shows are affordable too? The Civic Theatre believes in making ticket prices reasonable, so the entire family can enjoy the performance.
Interested in catching a show? The Civic Theatre has a consistently strong lineup. Check it out below.
The Secret Garden | Oct. 12-28
As You Like It | Nov. 9-18
A Nice Family Christmas | Nov. 30-Dec. 15
A Few Good Men | Feb. 1-10
Caroline, Or Change | March 15-31
Grand Concourse | April 12-21
On Golden Pond | May 10-19
Between Riverside and Crazy | June 7-16
Oliver! | July 12-28
The Liar | Sept. 6-15
The Hunchback of Notre Dame | Oct. 4-20
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time | Nov. 1-10
The Santaland Diaries | Dec. 6-21 (Warner Studio Theatre)
Buddy’s Holiday Surprise | Nov. 29-Dec. 22