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 2016 Schedule


The Particulars:

Summer Melodramas:

Adults - $10.00

Reduced Rate - $8.00


Full Length Shows:

Adults - $15.00

Reduced Rate - $13.00



Adults - $20.00 

Reduced Rate - $17.00


October Dinner Theatre:

Early Bird sales - $30

Regular advances sales - $35

Reduced Rate sales - $33


Show Times:

Fri & Sat dates are at 7:30 PM for all evening shows except the October dinner theatre (7:00)


Sun Matinees are at 2:00 PM except the October dinner theatre (1:00)


Who qualifies for the reduced rate? Those willing to demonstrate that they are

- Keepers of at least 65 years of acquired wisdom

- Students endeavoring to gain wisdom

- Mantorville Theatre Members (also wise!)

- Groups purchasing blocks of at least 10 tickets

- Mayo Clinic employees

- Olmsted Medical Group employees


Who pays the Adult price? Everyone else



For Tickets call 507-635-5420



The famous Mantorville Melodramas, open June 16, 2017: Over forty years and still going strong!

Year-round traditional and contemporary theatre in the historic Mantorville Opera House; Offering full-length theatre since the millennium!


Coming soon, the 2017 summer melodrama season! (2016 currently listed below)

"Jack Eagle" a Real American Hero" or "Eagles May Sore But Veisels Never Fall From the Sky" written and directed by Denise Ruemping. Premiering on our stage June 10 - July 3, 2016

"Mairegold Will Heal My Heart" or "Mums The Word!" written and directed by Cheryl Frarck. Premiering on our stage July 8 - July 24, 2016

"The Ladies' Man" or "Three Weddings and a Criminal" written and directed by Nan Strauss. Playing July 29 - August 14, 2016

"Wheeling and Dealing" or "No Pedaling Allowed" written and directed by Sandra Hennings Miller. Playing August 19 - September 10, 2016

Announcing our 2016-7 full-length drama productions!


"Honk!" the musical, by Anthony Drewe and George Stiles, playing February 17 - March 12, 2017

"Steel Magnolias" by Robert Harding played February 5 - February 28, 2016.

"No Sex Please, We're British" by Anthony Marrioot and Alistar Foot played April 1 - April 24.


"Noir Suspicions" by David Landau and Nikki Stern. Dinner theatre played October 7 - October 30.


"The Nutcracker's Nuts" by Dennis Wickline played November 18 - December 4.

"Steel Magnolias" by Robert Harling - played February 5 - February 28, 2016

Welcome to Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, ("I'm not crazy, I've just been in a bad mood for forty years"); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M'Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a "good ole boy." Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.

This show was so well received when we did it in 2008, we just had to bring it back for an encore! The show plays Fri/Sat/Sun February 5 - February 28, 2016. Continuing with our WINTER SCHEDULE, shows will be at 7:30 Fridays, at 4:00 Saturdays, and at 2:00 Sundays.

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"No Sex Please, We're British" by Anthony Marriott and Alistair Foot

Newlyweds Peter and Frances Hunter have an apartment above Peter's place of employment – the Bank. Imagine their dismay when they discover a package from the "Scandinavian Glassware Company" that is more "revealing" than expected! Their attempts to eliminate the "provocative" material without "exposing" themselves to their conservative world results in one of the most successful, side-splitting comedies every produced. ("No Sex Please, We're British" ran in London's West End for 16 years and remains the longest-running comedy ever, with 6,761 performances to its name)

"No Sex, Please" will play April 1 - April 24, 2016. We return to our "fair weather" schedule of Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday performances at 2:00 p.m. Note: The show may seem to have slightly adult content, but if you see anything out of line, it is probably because we play to your vivid imagination! Still it will be best enjoyed by patrons 13 and older.

Our 2016 Summer Melodrama Season!

2016 marks the MTC's 44th melodrama season! Plan to spend some time with us this summer when you make Mantorville one of your recreation destinations. 

Bring the whole family! Four completely different melodramas for you to enjoy - all authored and directed by local playwrights, two seeing their premier performances and two returning for  welcome revivals.

Auditions for our summer shows received a spectacular turnout. Thank-you to all who came. We wish we could have cast everyone. The decisions were difficult.


"Jack Eagle" a Real American Hero" or "Eagles May Sore But Veisels Never Fall From the Sky"  written and directed by Denise Ruemping. Premiering on our stage June 10 - July 3, 2016

Jack Eagle is a real American hero, or so all the dime novels say! But when he arrives in a small Midwestern town, while on one of his Public Appearance tours, some of the local residents may soon discover that there is more to Jack Eagle than what appears in print. Will this real American hero live up to his reputation and save the day? Or will his dime novels suddenly experience a drastic decline in sales?

Adult tickets are $10. Reduced Rate tickets are $8. Reservations at (507) 635-5420 or purchase online



Adult tickets are $10. Reduced Rate tickets are $8. Reservations at (507) 635-5420 or purchase online





"Mairegold Will Heal My Heart" or "Mums The Word!" written and directed by Cheryl Frarck. Premiering on our stage July 8 - July 24.

The small village of Mantorville has been visited by an unwelcome visitor, a mysterious inflammatory illness, and beautiful little golden-haired Mairegold is its first victim. Her father, grieving widower, Colin Grange desperately searches for some remedy, which will return his only child to health. Enter our villain, Dr. Phineas Malaise, Ph. F., M of N, and CRS, who offers his new elixir of health which is guaranteed to “cure everything what ails ‘ya,” and as proof, he brings along his aged mother to demonstrate her unrivaled good health after drinking his elixir for years. But, when Phineas sets eye on our heroine, he falls and falls hard, and his pursuit of medical glory vanishes in promise of romance. Will our heroine succumb to the charms of Phineas Malaise, or will she help Colin nurse his daughter Mairegold back to health and find true love? Will Ma Malaise find her calling in homeopathic medicine, raising the only plants guaranteed to reduce inflammation, alleviate constipation, bloating and cramps, and prevent infection and speed healing? And will the residents of this new county seat discover Dr. Malaise’s fraud and banish him forever from the banks of the Zumbro? “Mairegold Will Heal My Heart” is a melodrama with humor, health, history, and happiness to spare.

Last year was the 50th annual Mantorville Marigold Days celebration. That means that this year is the 50th Anniversary Mantorville Marigold Days celebration. Yes, we know that the actual Marigold Days won't happen until September, but we can celebrate the moment a little early with this original show!

"The Ladies' Man" or "Three Weddings and a Criminal" written and directed by Nan Strauss. Playing July 29 - August 14.

He's suave, charming and irresistible - he's also false, lying and reprehensible!   And Connor Steele's plans are going awry.   When Steele arrives with his new wife to claim the estate of his late wife, he finds that wife not "late" at all but still alive!   In addition, another of his many wronged women has trailed him to town.   Luckily for the ladies, the Pinkerton detective Will Ketchem is closing in and knows the key to sort it all out.



Adult tickets are $10. Reduced Rate tickets are $8. Reservations at (507) 635-5420 or purchase online


Adult tickets are $10. Reduced Rate tickets are $8. Reservations at (507) 635-5420 or purchase online



"Wheeling and Dealing" or "No Pedaling Allowed" written and directed by Sandra Hennings Miller. Playing August 19 - September 10.

Old Poppie owns a declining bicycle shop and has Hans, a young apprentice from Germany, working for him. Hans has been interested in all the talk about making bicycles gas propelled. He has heard that Henry Ford is close to finding an internal combustion solution. Hans is also working on an engine design. Everyone has a plan of some sort. Hans plans to team up with Henry Ford and help Poppie save the shop, and perhaps impress Poppies granddaughter, Roberta. Roberta. Roberta has a plan to make Hans notice her. Hattie, the widow down the street, has a plan to make Poppie husband number three. A. T. Rocious, a villain who has overheard Hans talking to his friend, Ben, about his engine, plans to impersonate Henry Ford and steal the engine and the glory.

Note: The run of this show ends Saturday, September 10. There is not a matinee performance on September 11. Please enjoy the Marigold Days parade on Sunday the 11th!

We complete 2016 with these outstanding Productions:
"Noir Suspicions" by David Landau and Nikki Stern.

Our All Hallows Feast murder-mystery dinner theatre!

In this hard boiled comic mystery sequel to the ever-popular Murder at Cafe Noir, ex-private eye Rick Archer is now the confused manager of Cafe Noir on the island of Mustique. He is confronted with a corpse on the dock, a mysterious femme fatale, a French blackmailer and a businessman who wants both the cafe and the woman. Rick is arrested after the blackmailer is murdered in his club. It is up to the audience to convince the magistrate that he is innocent. A tribute to Casablanca with many references to the classic movie, Noir Suspicions is guaranteed to delight audiences whether or not they are familiar with Murder at Cafe Noir.

While you help us unravel the mystery, you'll enjoy a fine meal prepared by Omar's Kitchen. The show plays weekends from October 7 - October 30. The house opens at 6:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, with the action and meal beginning at 7:00 p.m. On Sundays, the house will open at 12:30 p.m. with the action and meal beginning at 1:00 p.m. Advanced ticket purchases are absolutely required, so Omar and his team know how many and what kind of meals to make. Regular tickets are $35 and reduced rate tickets are $33.

Our flavorful menu can be viewed by clicking below:

 Reservations are accepted by calling (507) 635-5420. Phone calls are not returned unless the show is sold out.



"The Nutcracker's Nuts" by Dennis Wickline plays November 18 - December 4. (Three weekends only!) 11th. Thanks to the enthusiasm of our audiences and the willingness of our cast and crew, we are extending the run for a fourth weekend!

THE NUTCRACKER'S NUTS takes place in the Northern Lower Peninsula (of Michigan). Simon's Rest is a retirement community in Frankfort, Michigan. Every Christmas the residents perform their traditional, boring, and harder and harder to produce version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Every Christmas, that is, except this one. Minnie Winchester, an elderly piano teacher, suggests that the residents do something new, something like THE NUTCRACKER. Everyone agrees that it would be wonderful to try something new and THE NUTCRACKER is accepted immediately. Tickets quickly sell out. Just as rehearsals begin, however, the retirees discover one important and overlooked detail, THE NUTCRACKER is a ballet, and Minnie Winchester,  who always wanted to play Clara, the lead, doesn't know how to dance.

Please note that we have returned to our regular Saturday schedule (as opposed to an experiment we tried last year), so Friday and Saturday performances will be at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday performances will be at 2:00 p.m.

Looking for an opportunity for a special event? Contact us about extending our run for a private showing! We've set aside December 9, 10, and 11 to provide for groups that want to rent the hall (and us!)  On these unscheduled dates, you can buy the house for the cost of 100 reduced rate tickets ($1300)

Coming in February 2017: "Honk!" by Anthony Drewe and George Stiles.

Based on Hans Christian Andersen's beloved story, "The Ugly Duckling," Honk! tells the story of an odd-looking baby duck, Ugly, and his quest to find his mother. Soon after Ugly is born, he is seduced away by a wily Cat who wants to eat Ugly for dinner. Eventually, Ugly manages to escape, but has no idea how to return home. He embarks on an adventure in which he encounters a beautiful swan, Penny, tangled in a fishing line. After saving her, the two birds fall in love. Penny, however, must return to her flock and fly south for the winter. Determined to find his family, Ugly journeys on, only to become frozen in the snow. Eventually, Ugly's mother finds him and her warm tears manage to thaw him out. He revives, and is surprised to discover he is now a handsome swan! Soon, Ugly is reunited with Penny and two swans decide to live the rest of their days in the same pond as Ugly's loyal mother.

"Honk!" plays February 17 - March 12. Adult tickets are $20. Reduced rate tickets are $17. Special for this family-friendly show: Our Adult+Child Combination ticket of $30 provides entrance for one adult and one child or student.

Auditions for "Honk!" will be December 15 & 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mantorville Opera House. There are parts available for a wide variety of ages in this family-friendly musical. PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR DECEMBER 16TH DATE HAS MOVED TO THE 18TH BECAUSE OF THE PREDICTED WINTER STORM ON THE 16TH.

(Are you planning a gathering for your group or company? Why not consider "renting" us for a special performance on another night?)