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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.

Fall 2016-2017 Children's Theatre Production:

"The Emperor's New Clothes"

Based on the classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen

Written and directed by Jerry Casper

Wander and her scheming, lazy husband, Debt, are hungry and desperate when they come across the very odd Castle Somewhere in the Kingdom of Nowhere. They encounter a variety of off-beat subjects including the Empress Finethen who insists on performing her “art of movement and sound” for all to enjoy.  Her husband, Emperor Finethen, who cares only for fashion and nothing for being an able ruler, holds 4 to 5 processions daily so the people can see him in his luxurious tailor made clothes.  Debt begins hatching the scheme of a lifetime, will he be able to pull it off and end up rich? Will Wander be able to get out of all of this? Will the Emperor find out there is no such thing as a magic tailor? This retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale is filled with fun characters, major play on words and big laughs for all ages. Think of it as Fractured Fairytales meets The Addams Family in a family friendly style of Monty Python. Join us for the fun.   

Click to see event poster: 2016 Emperors New Clothes Poster

Saturday, October 29 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Saturday, November 5 at 2:00pm

GENERAL ADMISSION. Seating begins 30 minutes prior to each performance.

Run Time: approximately 65 minutes with no intermission.

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

$5 for Adults
$3 for Senior Citizens 65 and over and Children 12 and under.
RCTC Students receive one free ticket with valid student ID.

Get your tickets in advance or at the door.


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


Teachers--if you are interested in bringing your classes to one of our weekday elementary school performances, we still have room at some of our performances. Phone the Box Office to inquire about specific availability. 507-285-7200. Home school groups and day-cares are welcome too!
The capacity per performance is 300. We suggest having at least a couple of alternative dates in mind in case your first choice is not available. The cost is 3.00 per student. We accept either cash monies collected or checks made payable to RCTC Theatre. All schools must provide their own transportation to and from Rochester Community and Technical College. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early to allow time for seating your classes, bathroom visits, etc...The performance dates and times are below, please don't hesitate to phone the box office if you have any questions. 507-285-7200.

Monday, October 31 at 10:00am and 1:00pm
Tuesday, November 1 at 10:00am and 1:00pm
Wednesday, November 2 at 10:00am and 1:00pm
Thursday, November 3 at 10:00am and 1:00pm
Friday, November 4 at 10:00am and 1:00pm

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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RCTC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer.
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