Attending the Show

At The Door

Actor’s Factory performs in the Stoughton Opera House, a historic theater in downtown Stoughton. (More on the Opera House location and amenities here.)

The Stoughton Opera House, viewed from the stage

Opera House staff will let you into the first floor lobby about 45 minutes before curtain. We will gratefully accept your donations at that point ($5 per person suggested). The lobby is a half-flight of stairs from the street, or take the elevator to the first floor.

The house opens—and you may find a seat—about 15 minutes before curtain. (Friends and family of the cast: Sorry, but you have to wait in the lobby as well. We are busy checking lights, cues, and costumes before the house opens.)

We dress casually in Stoughton, though we have been pleased to have visits by the local Red Hat Ladies, dressed to the nines as always.

No food is allowed in the Opera House. Cell phones and other noisemakers should, of course, be silenced before the show begins. Also, it is an old building with creaky stairs. Because the main stairway is open to the ceiling of the theater, noises from the main stairway carry into the theater. If you must step out during a performance, use the elevator to reach the ground floor or basement.

A Night on the Town

When attending the show, why not make it an event? Visit Stoughton for lunch or dinner before show time.

We recommend several establishments including the Koffee Kup, just next door to the Opera House. You may also let Google search for “Restaurants in Stoughton, WI” for you.

All Ages

Actor’s Factory produces serious theater, but strives to be appropriate for all ages. Elementary-school-aged children usually find performances to be interesting and enjoyable, particularly the comedy plays.

Boy out of Line, from the Opiate of the Missus, 2009

Because we perform serious theater, we ask parents to control their children’s noises. Some noises to look out for: Talking, coughing, kicking seat backs, and banging repeatedly on the Opera House support beams (it has happened!).

We hope for quiet, but we can be amused by noises anyway. During a performance of The Diviners in 2010, a toddler was paying close attention to the action at the end of the play. As the drowning scene began—with a dramatic change in lighting and sound—he said in full voice: “Uh oh!” The show went on. He was right in any case: It was an uh oh moment.

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