***Camp Registration opens MARCH 31st!!!***

*Please Note*
Because of developments related to Covid19, MTG has made plans to push back the dates of our extremely popular summer youth theater camp. Working in coordination with The Mabel Tainter Theater, new camp dates will be July 6th – 26th, with show dates July 24th, 25th, and 26th.

Additionally, rather than the full camp fee, MTG will now only be charging a $25 deposit to hold your camper’s spot! This deposit fee will be completely refundable should we be required to cancel camp (but we’re crossing our fingers that this won’t be an issue!!!).

This FUN, FANTASTIC, FABULOUS, AMAZING summer theater camp experience will be directed by the extraordinary Katie Talberg, and is sponsored by Smiles in Motion!

Best of all, performances will be at the nationally famous, historical MABEL TAINTER THEATER!!!

Combine your LOVE of theater with the fun of summer camp! Campers, entering 1st grade through 9th grade next school year, will learn through engaging theater games and develop vocal and physical theater skills and techniques, with the BEST camp counselors around, as they rehearse and perform the musical, Beauty and the Beast Jr.

Based on the original Broadway production that ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony awards, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance, featuring some of the most popular songs ever written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice.

Camp Dates:
July 6th – July 26th
Monday through Thursday
9am – 4pm

* Dress Rehearsal and Performances July 24th – 26th

*Registration will be limited to allow for more stage time, more personal attention, and an overall WONDERFUL experience, so register EARLY!

***Online Registration Only***
Registration opens March 31st at 10am

*The cost of the three week camp experience is $225, with a $25 dollar deposit due at registration. Remainder due at the parent/guardian meeting.

Limited scholarships are available. Please contact us for more information.

*Beauty and the Beast Jr. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

Dear MTG followers,

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, the safety of our volunteers and patrons stands foremost in our thoughts. By following the decisions of our governor, as well as the recommendations of the CDC, we hope to contribute to #flatteningthecurve. With that in mind, rehearsals for Black Friday cannot now continue, which in turn makes the May opening unattainable for the caliber of show we desire this special production to be.

After much discussion between our board, the director of the show, the cast, and the Mabel Tainter Theater about the future of Black Friday, we have come to a decision that we believe works best for all involved.

Black Friday will be rescheduled as our Fall 2020 season opener. The show must go on…just not as soon as planned!

IF YOU ALREADY HAVE TICKETS FOR BLACK FRIDAY: We will be in contact with you by either phone or email this week (March 16-20). We will be happy to either move your tickets to their corresponding performance date in October, or offer a voucher good for any show in our upcoming 2020-21 season. Bottom line, we will work with you to figure this out!

If you hold Black Friday tickets and DO NOT hear from us by the end of the day on Friday, March 20th, please contact us NEXT WEEK (March 23-27) via phone (715-231-7529) or email ( Our physical office will not be open.

MTG currently has one employee, the wonderful Charis, and the rest of us are passionate volunteers. Please help us help you during this unique situation by being patient as we work together to contact folks…we appreciate your patronage, and couldn’t exist without it, and we want to ensure your satisfaction with this situation.

Thank you for your support, theater family; we’re all in this together.

Katie Shay
MTG President

“It’s time to trust my instincts. Close my eyes. And leap.” — Wicked

Spring 2020 Newsletter

Fall 2019 Newsletter

In December 1958, a group of citizens, concerned with the preservation of the Mabel Tainter Theater, came together and created the Menomonie Theater Guild. To date, the Guild is the oldest existing community theater organization in Western Wisconsin, fostering culture within our region.

The Menomonie Theater Guild remains dedicated to bringing together actors, directors, musicians, dancers, costumers, makeup artists, lighting and sound designers, set builders, properties managers, stage managers, and a score of other creative minds to create theatrical magic in our community.

The Guild has offered a rich variety of main stage productions; dramas, comedies, musicals and straight plays which have been lighting up the beautiful Mabel Tainter stage for over 60 years!

The Menomonie Theater Guild is fortunate to maintain its own home just a few blocks from the Mabel Tainter Theater. Auditions, rehearsals, board meetings, set building, and summer camp productions all occur in our studio. A vast collection of props and costumes are housed in the second floor with a full set building workshop in the basement. In addition to our black box theater performance space, there is a dance studio, sewing room, music rehearsal room, and offices.

Get Involved with the Menomonie Theater Guild! We have lots of opportunities for volunteers! Don’t want to be on stage? That’s okay! We always need help behind the scenes. Costumes, set building and painting, stage managing, ushering, and more!