Theater enthusiasts should make The Bend part of their next road trip.

Major, national productions often make their way through the Morris Performing Arts Center in downtown South Bend. But that’s not the only way to experience live theater here.

Just a little up the road, the South Bend Civic Theatre has been putting on shows for decades. This treasured community theater puts on delightful productions with a combination of professional and local talent. The 2021 schedule is no exception.

2021 Schedule

  • Rocky Horror Picture Show | Oct. 15-30 
  • Frozen, Jr. | Nov. 5-20 
  • The Thanksgiving Play | Nov. 12-21
  • A Christmas Carol | Dec. 3-19 

2022 Schedule

  • Joe Turner's Come and Gone | Feb. 11-20 
  • A Little Night Music | March 11-27
  • Disney's Newsies | March 25-April 2
  • Noises Off | April 22-May 1 
  • The Lonesome West | May 13-22 
  • The Outsider | June 10-19 
  • Something Rotten | July 15-31 
  • Classics in the Park: Sense and Sensibility | Aug. 12-28 
  • Classics in the Park: Much Ado About Nothing | Aug. 12-28 
  • Silent Sky | Sept. 9-18 
  • West Side Story | Oct. 8-9 
  • The Outsiders | Oct. 21-30 
  • The Full Monty | Nov. 4-13 
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Jr. (Dec. 2-18) 

COVID-19 Policies 

In an effort to keep visitors, staff and volunteers safe, the Civic Theatre has implemented a COVID-19 vaccination policy. They remain in place until further notice. 

  • Visitors 12 and over must provide proof of vaccination at all indoor productions. 
  • Masks are required for all visitors. 
  • Temperature checks will be required; anyone with a temperature over 100.4 degrees will be denied entrance. 
  • Vaccination exemptions will be considered for health or religious reasons. 
    • In this case, printed proof of a negative COVID test result within 72 hours of the performance is required. 

Additionally, Civic staff are required to be fully vaccinated. When it close proximity to the public, they will be required to wear masks or keep social distance. Volunteers are subject to the same requirements as visitors. Masks are required at all times except when performing on stage.

More About the Civic Theatre

The Civic Theatre hosts major productions in the 200-seat Wilson Theatre. Here you’ll find plenty of spaces for actors to sing, dance and carry out their parts.

Smaller shows take place in the more intimate Warner Theatre, where you might feel like part of the production yourself.

Worried about show quality? Don’t. Every cast member goes through a thorough audition process to make sure the best options are chosen for each show. The Civic Theatre also wants to tell the whole story of South Bend on stage. They do so by having as diverse a cast, reflecting The Bend as a community.

Oh, did we mention the shows are affordable too? The Civic Theatre believes in making ticket prices reasonable, so the entire family can enjoy the performance.