There’s nothing like it: the soft flutter of snowflakes as they fall, the bite of cold winter air on your nose and cheeks, and the warmth of bright stage lights. In Bozeman, you can find everything from local community theater to professional showstoppers in the town’s historic theaters. Take the excuse to get glammed up, and sign on for a night of drama.
Venues To Vibe With
Self-touted “radical inclusion for all humans” at the Verge means you’ll find top-shelf improv that’ll make you laugh your socks off. This intimate black box atmosphere only adds to the hilarity, but you can also find more serious and edgy productions on the calendar.
The Ellen Theatre
The Ellen is all old-Hollywood glitz and glam, with opulent offerings for stage and screen alike. This historic space has the ultimate feel for drama-filled musical theater, as well as silver-screen showings of classic films and film festivals that will guide you back in time.
Photo by Rialto Bozeman.
Recently-renovated Rialto Theater is the “it” spot for live music in downtown Bozeman. Bars upstairs and down keep the happy juices flowing throughout the performance, and its prime location near local nightlife makes it easy to take the party from the theater to the bars.
This modern space in the Emerson Center for Arts and Culture hosts programs from improv to film. The venue sits conveniently alongside refined Emerson Grill, restaurant and wine bar to the arts. Raise a glass to a glorious evening, and then enjoy the show.
The Willson Auditorium
This art deco school theater sits makes its own claim to fame as the same building where Gary Cooper went to high school. Now with a new facelift and plenty of the original charm, the 1100-seat Willson Auditorium holds host to professional opera and symphony productions, among others.
MSU Black Box Theatre
Montana State University is home to the up-and-comers of tomorrow, and the Black Box Theater is your chance to catch them while they’re still in the midst of their early years. Flexible seating means that you’ll get either traditional theater style or theater-in-the-round, depending on the performance.
Companies You’ll Love
All 50 years of symphonic perfection from the Bozeman Symphony have been astonishing, but it only gets better in modern day. Winter concerts keep things warm with a well-rounded orchestra onstage. Talented members bring their instruments from around the Gallatin Valley, with global stars often acting as featured performers.
Photo by Intermountain Opera Bozeman.
Intermountain Opera’s professional company brings the drama-filled style and elevated score of the Met to this little mountain town. A chorus filled with talented locals lends a taste of Montana talent, and principal roles are fueled by the big voices of professional ingénues from around the world. The annual winter musical lights up the stage in February, bringing a bit of Broadway to the Big Sky.
Bozeman Actors Theatre
Bozeman Actors Theater brings together local talent to transform the stage with contemporary and classic productions. Founded in 2008, this nonprofit brings the best of Bozeman to your theater of choice. You’ll find them in venues all around town, with winter productions to get you excited about the chilly air, a great excuse to stay inside with your eyes on the stage.
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