BCT Performing Art Center

Bemidji Community Theater
Our mission is "To provide an opportunity for people to pursue their interests in theater through acting and stagecraft support activities, in productions by and for community members."

BCT was started in December of 1981 by a group of friends who recorded "A Christmas Carol" to be broadcast over the radio. Since that beginning, we have presented our plays in various locations around Bemidji MN. We have grown from one show a year to our current five shows per year. Well, usually five shows a year......

2020 has been a challenging year for all of us. BCT was in the last week of rehearsal for our children's musical, "Treasure Island," and were set to open March 20. With a cast of 30 (most of them children), there was excitement in the air. Then came Covid and the lockdown. After all the work and expense of the musical, we had to cancel all performances. The children were very disappointed.  As the lockdown continued, we had to cancel our May production of "Trip to Bountiful," our summer theater camp (the first two weeks in June), and the late summer short play for children. 

BCT has had no sales from the plays we usually have late spring and during the summer, so no income since our production in February. 

Our organization bought our first ever home in September 2018, in downtown Bemidji. It was a retail space and we are working to renovate it to spaces for storage, dressing rooms, make up space, sewing area, scenery shop, and performance space. Our former rental stage is no longer viable, so it is imperative that our home has a performance space by the time we are allowed to open. There are a multitude of city regulations that must be met to be able to have an audience; handicap accessible restroom, handicap accessible dressing room, sprinkler system, multiple escape routes from all floors, etc.

Unfortunately, we cannot have any fundraising gatherings due to Covid. We had an online silent auction and earned $2,468.00. But our renovations are a great deal more than that amount.

Any help you could give our non-profit group would be greatly appreciated. Hope you see you "on the boards" soon!


Vicki Stenerson
Bemidji, MN
Bemidji Community Theater (Bct)
Registered nonprofit
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