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Theater / Drama

Comedy, Tragedy
(Charles E. Hill Theatre):
RCTC offers main stage productions which give students an opportunity to be involved in all aspects of productions. Auditions are open to all students. Director: Jerry Casper, Gerald.Casper@rctc.edu, 507-285-7569; Technical Director: Ben Hain, Ben.Hain@rctc.edu, 507-285-7201.

Winter 2017 Production:


By William Shakespeare

RCTC Theatre is proud to present this classic tale by William Shakespeare, but be aware--this isn't your typical MacBeth! Directed by award winning guest director Ryan Underbakke, this rendition of MacBeth is not the costume heavy, medieval period piece you might be expecting. Rather, the play is set in Omni Tempus (literally translated: 'every time'). Greed, lust for power and ruthless ambition is as old as humanity itself--so no particular time in history is depicted. Oh, and it isn't 3 hours long! Coming in at just under 80 minutes with no intermission, this 'film noir' styling of MacBeth is stark, edgy, and fast paced. Don't miss it!

Jerry Casper, RCTC's own director, writer, actor, and teacher will be on sabbatical for the spring semester. Ryan Underbakke will be taking his place. Ryan will be directing the winter and spring performances and teaching the Theatre classes. Click on the link to view a brochure of the upcoming productions for spring semester. We're staging the Henrik Ibsen classic, Peer Gynt in April, tickets are available now!
2017 Season Brochure

Read more about Ryan Underbakke and his impressive career here:
Ryan Underbakke bio

MacBeth is the haunting story of ambition, prophecy, power, murder and the dark consequences of all. A military hero and his wife conspire to seize the throne of Scotland and capture the crown at any cost. Ryan Underbakke plays with light and shadow throughout the entirety of the production to create a 'film noir' effect. Shakespeare's stark tale is presented like never before!

February 9, 10, 11 at 7:30pm
February 16 and 17 at 7:30pm
February 18 at 2:00pm

Hill Theatre on the RCTC Campus
851 30th Ave SE
Rochester, MN 55901

$10 for Adults
$8 for Senior Citizens 65 and over and non-RCTC students.
RCTC Students receive one free ticket with valid student ID.
Emeritus Faculty receive two free tickets.


NOTE: New Box Office Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30am--4:30pm
507-285-7200 for tickets and more information.

ATTENTION STUDENTS: Auditions for MacBeth will be held on December 12 and 14th. All students are welcome to audition, men and women of all ages, blind gender/color casting. Check out a script and audition scenes in the Hill Theatre Box Office.

Are you a student interested in the Theatre Arts? RCTC Theatre offers Theatre Appreciation, beginning and intermediate level acting classes as well as Stagecraft where you can learn about stage and set design! Put your creativity to work! Check the online course catalog for availability and sign up!

  • RCTC Theatre Program has a long standing tradition for providing high quality education to young and inexperienced actors. We pride ourselves at preparing you for the next level of your theatre arts journey. Whether your interest is to become a regular on the community stage or further your knowledge by going into a four year theatre program, we will make sure you are ready for the next step.
  • RCTC Theatre produces three main stage plays every year. In the fall we produce a children’s play that is seen by three to four thousand students a year. In the spring we produce one larger comedy or drama and one experimental play often in conjunction with the Rochester Reads program.

Beyond our main stage offerings, the student directed Drama Club writes and performs short one or two night variety shows and performs and hosts performance for fund raising events for on and off campus organizations. The drama club typically does three to four performances a year as well as going to local and professional shows for free or at a discounted price.

Our Faculty:

Jerry Casper has his MS in Theatre from Fort Hays State University. He has over 30 years of experience as an actor, director, playwright, motivational speaker and educator. He was awarded one of Minnesota’s Outstanding Educators of the year in 2011.

For more in-depth  information about our program, productions, or our Drama Club, contact Director Jerry Casper at gerald.casper@rctc.edu or call 507-285-7569.

Mailing List: If you wish to place your name on our mailing list to receive notice of music/theatre events taking place at RCTC, or if you wish to have your name removed from our mailing list, call the Box Office at 507-285-7200


Contact Information
(507) 285-7210 or 1‑800‑247‑1296
Rochester Community and Technical College
851 30th Ave SE :: Rochester, MN 55904-4999
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