The Main Stage at BT was host to an amazing history of great shows mounted by the theater, as well as some pretty cool rental and touring company visits. City Center Acting Company (later The Acting Company) led by John Houseman and featuring actors such as Patty Lupone, William Hurt, David Ogden Stiers and Mercedes Reuhl was one example. The Royal Shakespeare Company brought “Love’s Labors Lost” and “He That Plays The King” to the BT stage, featuring such well-known actors as Ian Richardson, Tony Church and Susan Fleetwood (sister to famed musician Mick Fleetwood).

Many wonderful community performers donated their time to stand on a stage that was surrounded with professional staff who provided top-notch sets, props, costumes, lighting and sound. While not all shows were a smashing success, many were favorably reviewed and well attended. It was a unique platform for amateurs to hone their skills in the best possible environment. From the opening performance of “Green Grow the Lilacs” in 1953 to the closing of “A Christmas Carol” in 1985, there were 231 Main Stage productions.

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Production shots and programs from the 1950’s (618 images):

Production shots and programs from the 1960’s (1394 images):