Casting Call – “Everybody Loves Opal”

Join us for auditions for “Everybody Loves Opal,” Written by John Patrick, Directed by Bill Haas

Auditions will be held on Wednesday, January 8th and Thursday, January 9th from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hutchinson Center for the Arts (15 Franklin St SW, Hutchinson, MN).

Performance dates will be: March 26-28 & April 2-4, 2020

Parts for 4 males and 2 females age 20 to ?

No preparations necessary: just come!

Not ready to be on stage but want to be involved behind the scenes? We also need light, sound, and stage help. Stop by during audition times if you’re interested in getting involved!

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Shadowlands Character and Audition Information

Auditions for Shadowlands are on January 21-22 from 6-8 p.m. at Hutchinson Center for the Arts.  The audition will consist of a cold read of excerpts from the script.  Please bring your calendar to indicate any potential scheduling conflicts.

Cast:  6 men
           2 women
           1 boy


CS Lewis (Jack): Male, 50s-60s

Oxford don, great writer, devout, an intellectual genius. A life-long bachelor, classically “British” but not priggish, bookish but with a quick wit, he enjoys spirited debate, and is very comfortable addressing large crowds as a lecturer. He is a private person, uncomfortable with strongly expressed personal emotion and totally unprepared for the huge feelings that the brash Joy eventually awakens in him.


Joy Gresham: femaie, 30s-40s

American, New Yorker, Jewish convert to Christianity, an accomplished writer. Aggressive, outspoken, funny, sharply intelligent, intellectual, independent. Doesn’t care too much about social norms. Often disliked by people at first meeting for her big mouth and brash comments, she also possesses a big heart and is capable of real warmth, as well as bite. Mother of eight-year old Douglas, she is coming out of a difficult marriage, and already very much in love with C.S. Lewis.


Major Warnie Lewis: 50s-60s

CS Lewis’ stalwart older brother. Warnie is a former military man, and devoted to Jack, with whom he shares a house. A creature of comfortable habit, he spends his days writing history books and reading newspapers. A man of few words, he nevertheless has a great deal of understated wit. Warnie’s sedate world is turned upside-down by the whirlwind of Joy’s arrival but his initial aversion to her soon turns to admiration. His not-so-secret vice is alcohol.


Professor Christopher Riley: male, 50s-60s

An Oxford professor and a passionate atheist, he is one of Jack’s best friends. Riley is a sharp intellectual with an acid wit. His arrogance and sharp jokes can be cruel, but he has a heart, way down deep. He loves his friend, Jack, and has deep disdain and distrust for Joy, who shocks him by being both as tough as he is, and as smart.


Reverend Harry Harrington: Male, 40s-50s

Harry is an Oxford Chaplain. He is kind and patient and often acts as peacemaker among his amiably quarrelling friends. He is very traditional and though he cares very much for his good friend, Jack, he abides by Church rules that don’t allow him to marry Jack and Joy.


Douglas: Boy, 10-13

Joy’s American son who has been recently transplanted to England, a move he’s not too happy about. He is a gentle, cheerful, quiet, loving boy, with good manners. He is a huge admirer of Jack’s Narnia stories and has a big imagination. He is capable of deep emotion, which comes out when his beloved mother passes away. The character begins the play at 8 years old and ages a couple of years through the play.


Alan Gregg/ Doctor: Male (smaller multiple role)

Gregg is a youngish Oxford academic, new to the job, enthusiastic, and not yet jaded like his fellows dons. The Doctor treats Joy’s cancer, is no-nonsense and honest, and yet also compassionate.


Dr. Oakley/Priest/Clerk/Waiter: Maile (smaller multiple role)

Dr. Oakley is one of Lewis’ traditional, all male, Oxford literary group, and an old friend. The Priest is an extremely warm, compassionate, kind man with a gentle, healing energy.


Nurse/Registrar: female, multiple role

The Nurse is young, sweet, firm-but-caring. The Registrar is an older, somewhat sour bureaucrat with a dry delivery.

Saturday, April 14th Performance – Cancelled Due to Weather

We are very sorry to announce that tonight’s performance of “Drinking Habits” (Saturday, April 14, 2018) has been CANCELLED due to severe inclement weather.

We will be contacting ticket holders for tonight’s show via phone and email. If you have tickets and haven’t heard from anyone, please reach out through our email with correct contact information so we may contact you as soon as possible.

A makeup performance has been added on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

We thank everyone for their patience and understanding.

~Hutchinson Theatre Company Board of Directors

Tickets on sale now for “Always…Patsy Cline”

Hutchinson Center for the Arts is delighted to bring
Always…Patsy Cline

to the Hutchinson Event Center Stage Friday and Saturday, May 4-5, 7 p.m.

Created and originally directed by Ted Swindley –
based on a true story


The cast and musicians assembled are local talent and they are the cream of the crop.  Gabrielle (Gabby) Capello and Rhoda Hubbard play the duo of Patsy Cline and her friend Louise.  In addition to the 2-woman cast, a phenomenal set of musicians take the stage as the Bodacious Bobcats.

Brandon Begnaud—keyboard
Steve Olcott—percussion
Brian Nehring—electric guitar
Chris Leonard—stand-up bass
Aane Twedt—dobro resonator guitar
Soren Bortnem—fiddle

Tickets may be purchased at Hutchinson Center for the Arts (320-587-7278), or online through the
Ticket cost is $25 ($20 for members of the Hutchinson Center for the Arts).

Assisting director Jenine Nordquist. in this collaborative fundraiser for the Hutchinson Center for the Arts, are Lena Mowlem, John “A Frame” Beck, Jody Runke and a team of technical and costume expertise provided by Val Elder, Ray Norton, Naomi Polzin, and Cindy Rusch.

Seats are reserved and this phenomenal night of entertainment will sell out.

Licensed by the family and estate of Patsy Cline, Original cast album available on MCA records.


Casting Call – Drinking Habits – Spring 2018

Auditions for the Spring production of “Drinking Habits” will be held at the Hutchinson Center for the Arts on January 28 & 29, 2018 from 6-8pm.

Auditions are done on a first-come/first-served basis.

For more information about the show, click here.

Please contact Lori Thul (director) with audition questions or to share an interest in helping with the show at 320-587-9416

YoungStars Registration is now OPEN!

Registration for the 2017 Youngstars Program is now open!

Registration and information about the program can be found on our YoungStars page at:

If you are already in the know and looking for a quick link to the registration form – it can be found here: HTC Young Stars form-2017 as a word doc OR as a PDF document here: HTC-Young-Stars-form-2017-PDF

Spots fill quickly so make sure to register early!


Questions??? Please contact Mary Haugen, the program director.  Her contact information can be found on the registration form or the YoungStars information page – see link above.

2014 Season Passes are Available

Our 2014 Season Passes are available and makes a wonderful Christmas gift that keeps giving through the year! Click here to learn more and order online.

2014 Season Announced

Sticking to tradition, HTC announced their upcoming new season line-up to guests attending each of the Fall shows for Imaginary Invalid.  We are pleased to present these theatre productions for HTC’s 2014 season:

Spring: “Big Five-Oh”

Summer : “Blithe Spirit”

Fall Dinner: “BINGO – The Winning Musical”

Learn more about each of the productions being planned for 2014.

Appetizer Menu for “Imaginary Invalid”

Our caterer will be providing a unique assortment of appetizers for our guests attending “Imaginary Invalid”.  Here is the menu:

  • Caprese Skewer
  • Bruschetta
  • Deviled Eggs with Caper
  • Spirals
  • Assorted Mini Tarts (French Silk, Key Lime and Vanilla with Strawberry)
  • Lemon water
  • Decaf coffee

Doors open at 6:15 to casually sample the various appetizer stations and mingle with other guests.  We’ll get everyone seated just before the show starts at 7PM sharply!