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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.

Spring 2017 Production:

"Peer Gynt"

By Henrik Ibsen

Come along on the journey of a lifetime! RCTC Theatre presents the classical drama "Peer Gynt" by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen and directed by Ryan Underbakke. Join Peer as he embarks on a journey to discover meaning in his life. On his way, he encounters exciting and enigmatic characters such as a prophet, a goblin king, a businessman and many more as he makes his way through forests, deserts, shipwrecked oceans and into his own sanity. Directed by Ryan Underbakke in the Dynamic Theatre style, Ibsen's classic tale comes alive as never before.

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

April 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 at 7:30pm
Matinee: April 29 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: Box Office open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Hours subject to change

507-285-7200 for tickets and more information.

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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