About Us

Built in the 19th Century, the Lake Benton Opera House has seen many changes over the decades, but it still stands as vibrant and relevant here in the 21st Century as it did when the last brick was laid back in 1895. In 1970, the building was scheduled for demolition after years of sitting empty and falling into a state of disrepair. Due to the diligence of a group of passionate citizens, our amazing facility was saved from the wrecking ball. With the help of a lot of hard work and many financial contributions, the theatre was restored. In 1976, the Opera House was incorporated as a non-profit organization and continues to thrive today. We are dedicated to bringing quality theatre to southwestern Minnesota and the surrounding region, as well as serving as the cultural center of our community. The Lake Benton Opera House, Inc. is governed by a board of 12, which oversees the production of three plays and two musical productions each year, as well as Children’s Theatre each November. We strive to be a vital part of the region, also sharing our facility for city functions and with area organizations. We survive on ticket sales and the gracious contributions of area businesses and individuals, as well as hundreds of hours of dedicated service by our selfless volunteers. If you are interested in participating in any of our productions on stage or behind the scenes or if you would like to contribute financially, please feel free to contact us.

Board of Directors

Mark Wilmes – President/Marketing/Director/Grant Writer/Producer

Lynn Carpenter – Treasurer

Kathy Johnson – Secretary

David Norgaard – Chairman/Maintance

Anne Lichtsinn – Tickets

Jodi Greer

Milo Downs – maintenance

Sandy Hanson – costumes

Steven Hurd

Alan Riedel

Lisa Willert

Nathaniel Gates  – Technical/Website/Marketing