Live entertainment in a beautiful historic theater. Comedies, dramas and musicals are produced in the Mainstage Series, Family Theatre Series, and L@tR Series.
The Rhode Center for the Arts, which is owned and operated by LSP Inc., provides the community with increasingly ambitious theatrical productions and other forms of live entertainment. The Rhode Center is home to two performance venues, the Donna Wolf-Steigerwaldt Auditorium and Skinner Hall, as well as two art galleries, the Pollard Gallery and the KAA Spotlight Gallery. A full season of comedies, dramas, and musicals are presented as part of the LSP Mainstage Series, as well as adults-only performances in the L@TR Series, workshops and productions in the Family Theatre Series, and local and regional musical groups showcased in the Rebuilder Concert Series. This community-minded and volunteer-driven organization is also host to a variety of arts events produced in association with other creative groups and organizations throughout the year.
The Rhode Center for the Arts hopes to be your next creative outlet and your source for live, local entertainment.
Season 42 (2015-2016 Season):
Tickets will be available for sale beginning June 1st, 2015!
Lakeside Players Mainstage Series Presents: Laughing Stock
September 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, October 2, 3, 2015
A rustic New England summer theatre takes on an ambitious season of Dracula, Hamlet and Charley's Aunt and soon realizes it may have bitten off more than it can chew. Mayhem ensues as we follow the well-intentioned but over-matched company from outrageous auditions to ego-driven rehearsals through opening nights gone disastrously awry…and beyond. Take an affectionate peek behind the curtains and into the wild world of live theatre with this hilariously cringe-worthy backstage farce. By Charley Morey.
Lakeside Players Mainstage Series Presents: To Kill a Mockingbird
November 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 2015
Scout, a young girl in a quiet southern town, is about to experience the dramatic events that will affect the rest of her life. She and her brother, Jem, are being raised by their widowed father, Atticus, and by a strong-minded housekeeper, Calpurnia. Wide-eyed Scout is fascinated with the sensitively revealed by people of her small town, but, from the start, there's a rumble of thunder just under the calm surface of the life here. A powerful literary classic adapted with care for the stage. Adapted by Christopher Sergel from the novel by Harper Lee.
Lakeside Players Mainstage Series Presents: Polish Joke
January 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 2016
Join Jasiu, a Polish-American man taught not to value his own roots, as he embarks on a journey to invent and reinvent his own roots. Jasiu's humorously bizarre and endearingly heartbreaking attempts to define himself place him in an awkward job interview, a furiously funny travel agency, a cringe-worthy attempt at love, an upsetting doctor’s appointment, and many more zany scenarious—all in the name of self-discovery. This thoughtful and humorously cringe-worthy examination proves that our differences can unite us. By David Ives.
Lakeside Players Mainstage Series Presents: HAIR
March 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 2016
Collecting Tony Awards in 1968 for Best Musical and 2009 for Best Revival of a Musical, this exuberant musical about a group of hippies searching for truth, peace and love is as vital and relevant today as it was when it opened in 1967. Phenomenal musical numbers, including Aquarius, Good Morning Starshine, I Believe in Love, and What a Piece of Work Is Man bring meaningful beauty and incredible power to the stage in this classic American musical that always feels new. Book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado. Music by Galt MacDermot.
Lakeside Players Family Theatre Series Presents: Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
December 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 2015
Junie B. Jones is counting down the days to her school’s Holiday Sing-Along and gift exchange even though her nemesis May keeps ruining all of fun. Determined not to be defeated—even when she draws May’s name for Secret Santa—Junie B. devises a plan to teach her rival classmate a lesson! But will the spirit of peace and goodwill interfere before she can give you-know-who what she deserves? A heartwarmingly funny and endearing tale based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park. By Allison Gregory.
Lakeside Players Family Theatre Series Presents: Disney’s Aladdin Jr.
April 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 2016
A family-friendly musical adventure fills the Rhode Center stage with magic, mayhem and all of your favorite characters from the hit Disney film—Aladdin, Jasmine, Iago, Jafar, the Genie, and more! With a tuneful Academy award-winning score, with songs by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice, including "A Whole New World" and "Friend Like Me," this family favorite will send audiences and their imaginations soaring along on a magic carpet ride. Music by Alan Menken; lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. Book adapted and additional lyrics by Jim Luigs. Music adapted and arranged by Bryan Louiselle.
Lakeside Players L@tR (Late at the Rhode) Series Presents: Dead Man’s Cell Phone
October 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, 2015
An incessantly ringing cell phone in an otherwise quiet café. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man—with a lot of loose ends. And that’s only the beginning of this wildly imaginative new comedy by MacArthur "Genius" Grant recipient and Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl. As the story unfolds, our protagonist silently entices us to join her as we all confront assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world. By Sarah Ruhl.
Lakeside Players L@tR (Late at the Rhode) Series Presents: The Pillowman
May 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 2016
Drawing from the contemplative and startling styles of Kafka and the Brothers Grimm, this exhilarating new play centers on a writer in an unnamed totalitarian state who is being interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their unsettling similarities to a series of murders. The result is a blindingly bright dark comedy that shines light on the unforgiving art and purpose of storytelling. By Martin McDonagh.