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About Us

We present high quality, professional tribute bands and original recording artists from around the globe, in a lively, family friendly environment.

Our Mission

The Belfry Music Theatre desires to continue its legacy to engage, inspire and entertain our community by presenting professional productions for the entire family that enrich and have a meaningful impact in their lives to build memories throughout the generations.

We will offer a highly varied program of musical theatre, drama, comedy, children's theatre and art exhibits in our renovated historic facility utilizing state of the art lighting and sound to enhance the shared experience of live performances.

We will offer a supportive working environment that expects excellence from the artists, staff and volunteers with whom we work and we will work to restore our legacy as a leading organization in the arts community of the Geneva Lakes area.

We will uphold our covenant by being faithful stewards of the public trust and the God granted resources entrusted to us.

We will support other community organizations to assist them in accomplishing their goals to faithfully serve the members of our community.

Our History

Built in 1888 and located on the Old Geneva Road, in Walworth County. In the midst of a large corn field, it was the first Mormon church in Wisconsin.
The Belfry Players, a group of amateur actors who received no pay for their performances, were organized.
In the spring of 1940, the Belfry celebrated a new addition to the back of the orginal chuch building. Adding cement to the floor, sectioning off rooms with canvas creating dressing rooms and the Green Room.
Belfry Player, Paul Newman played Jim O’Connor in The Glass Menagerie and Gov. Sam Bright in Parlor Story. Newman went on to success on Broadway and film.
The Crane family, famous for their family-owned plumbing fixture business that took off during the construction boom following the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 donated Crane Hall (The Belfry House).
In 1962, Gary Burghoff gained early experience acting with the Belfry Players.
In the late 1960s, the Belfry Theatre was imperiled by a highway widening project. Although the theater building was moved and its existence saved, the company’s debts forced it to suspend production between 1969 and 1976.
In 1964, Harrison Ford played in musicals at the Belfry as his first paid acting job at Wisconsin’s first summer stock theater
Barry E. Silverman, a director of the Dobama Theater of Cleveland, assumed proprietorship of the Belfry in 1976, dubbed his operating company “Dobama West,” and revived producing for three years, closing after the 1979 season.
After regular annual productions ceased, occasional revivals and performances were booked at The Belfry into the 1990s.
In November 2013 the property was purchased and reopened the doors for summer concerts in June 2016, after nearly 20 dormant years.