There’s No Place Like Home

There’s No Place

Like Home

Welcome to the Racine Theatre Guild’s “There’s No Place Like Home” page. In our time apart, this space will be an area for us to connect RTG’s home to your home. We will be featuring activities for kids and adults, cast, crew, and director interviews for upcoming performances, and other pieces of RTG behind-the-scenes information. We hope to stay connected and can’t wait to welcome you back soon!

Season 2020 – 2021: Act 2

You know that the Racine Theatre Guild’s motto is to “light up lives at all stages.” With nearly 160 individual performances on our stage each season and 82 years of creating theatre in Racine, we have realized that moving forward this year our light will be shining differently.

Learn more at https://racinetheatre.org/covid-19-update/.

Set the Stage

Set design is essential to creating the time, place, and mood of a production. Many set pieces must be created in a way to represent different locations. Others need to be able to be moved quickly and efficiently to transition from one scene to the next. 

The Racine Theatre Guild contracts professional set designers to develop the vision for how each set will look in collaboration with the director. Then, the technical director begins building the sets with a team of volunteers. From construction, to painting, to instillation, the process can take months to create the final product.

Sister Act, 2018

In 2018, Real Racine and Matt Binetti shined a light on all of the time and talents it takes to create every production during Sister Act. Take a peek backstage and trip down memory lane!

Mail a little RTG love!

Whether it’s a friend you attend shows with or a family member across the country, print out a Racine Theatre Guild postcard to spread a little RTG love! Simply click on each image to download the one you’d like!

Become a “Dancing Queen!”

Mary Leigh Sturnio, choreographer for the Racine Theatre Guild’s postponed production of Mamma Mia!, shows how you can be a “Dancing Queen” from your own home!

Learn the Music of “Oz!”

Greg Berg discusses the keys to teaching and creating each song in a show with a special look at the music of “The Wizard of Oz.”

Have fun with Packy!

We Love Packy Plays!

Cooped up and looking for some fun to share with your kids? Our friend Packy from the Racine Children’s Theatre has some downloadable activities just for you!

Get your’s here!

Packy Summer Fun!

Summer is in full swing and Packy is ready to enjoy the nice weather. Join in the fun with his new activity book, including a reading list from our friends at the Racine Public Library!

Get your’s here!

The Packy Dance

Kara and Packy show you how to groove with him. Join in the fun and send a video of you dancing it out to classes@racinetheatre.org!

The Elephant Dance

One of the best elephants around, Packy, has been practicing his dance moves and wants to share them with you! Try it for yourself and share how you dance like an elephant with us at classes@racinetheatre.org!

With just a week and a half away from opening night of Akeelah and the Bee, Saniah Carter and Genesis Goodman were ready to appear in their first show at the Racine Theatre Guild. Then, their play was postponed. Learn more about what their looking forward to when they’re able to take the stage once again!

RTG History

While the doors of the Racine Theatre Guild may be closed as shows are on a brief intermission, we still want to connect with all of you. We’ve taken a deep dive into the history of our organization, taking a look decade by decade at our journey. Download your copy of “The History of the Racine Theatre Guild” to learn more about our adventure beginning in 1983!

Looking for more on our long history. Check out all of the plays and musicals we’ve produced over the last 82 years here: https://racinetheatre.org/production-history/.

RTG Double Take

With an 83 year history of producing plays and musicals, the Racine Theatre Guild has done quite a few shows twice (or even three times). We’ll be diving into our archives, taking a look at shows that captured theatre magic, even if it was decades apart. Follow along on Instagram for more!

UW-Parkside’s Podcasting Class: Racine Theatre Guild

Sadie Vanderwall, Meghan Flynn, and Danica Brouillette, students in Professor Jacquelyn Arcy’s Podcasting Class at UW-Parkside, virtually interviewed Joycleyn Fish, director of marketing and development at the Racine Theatre Guild, in early April 2020.

They discussed RTG’s history, the impact of COVID-19 on the organization, ways people can support RTG, and the importance of the theatre in the community. Click here to listen now!

Meet RTG: The Johnson Family

When Jamie and Ben Johnson hit the stage for The Wizard of Oz this past winter, it was just another moment in their long history with the Racine Theatre Guild. Learn more about the mother-son duo’s time at RTG and what they’re looking forward to about returning soon!

Meet RTG: Saniah & Genesis

With just a week and a half away from opening night of Akeelah and the Bee, Saniah Carter and Genesis Goodman were ready to appear in their first show at the Racine Theatre Guild. Then, their play was postponed. Learn more about what their looking forward to when they’re able to take the stage once again!

“Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” – Spamalot, 2015

Feeling a little down? Take trip down memory lane as Rob Kroes, Dan Martino, and the company of Monty Python’s Spamalot perform “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” at the Racine Theatre Guild in 2015.

83 Seconds of RTG & Me

Celebrate our 83rd season with a series of interviews, discussions, and stories from RTG volunteers about moments and memories from on and off stage.

Michael Clickner

Long time volunteer Michael Clickner discusses the important role volunteers played in building RTG’s current theatre in 1976.

Stefanie Stamper

Each person joins RTG in their own unique way. For Stefanie Stamper, it was a chance to have some fun in a new town.

John Christensen

When John Christensen attended an outreach performance of “HONK!,” it opened up a whole new world of theatre.

Jeanne Christensen

Makeup and hair play an essential role in every RTG production. Jeanne Christensen explains how a final performance look comes together.

Grace Nelson

Grace Nelson to her first time on stage at the Racine Theatre Guild as a chance to learn from everyone around her.

Randy Rehberg

Randy Rehberg’s on stage “fail” at the Racine Theatre Guild was all about timing and still making it work in live theatre.

Cynthy McCrory & Sharon Molina

Costume chairs Cynthy McCrory and Sharon Molina discuss the ins and outs of creating hundreds of costumes each season for the Racine Theatre Guild.

Lindy Haug

Lindy Haug shares one of the special moments in the Racine Theatre Guild’s green room that became one of her favorite memories.

Bob Benson

Bob Benson shares some advice to shake off those audition jitters and have fun along the way at the Racine Theatre Guild.

Donna Nielsen

Donna Nielsen has worked in many areas at the Racine Theatre Guild, but enjoys interacting with patrons in the Box Office most of all.

Ryan & Sheila Simonsen

From working together to watching their kids get involved, Ryan and Sheila Simonsen have learned a lot at RTG.

Larry Rowe

Larry Rowe shares what makes each Racine Theatre Guild production shine with everyone involved in the community theatre.

Kathy Berg

Kathy shares memories of a costume crew that had all the right chemistry to make everything work.

Lori Russ

Lori and her husband, Frank, have shared some truly special moments as a couple on stage.

Racine Theatre Guild COVID-19 Updates

We hope you are staying safe and healthy in our time apart. It is an odd feeling not to be at the Racine Theatre Guild every day with the flurry of activities from show preparations. We have been hoping to get more insights for when we can all gather and celebrate theatre once again

Find our latest COVID-19 updates here.

Help “light up lives at all stages!”

Since our announcement of postponing performances, we have been overwhelmed and touched by those who have reached out to ask what they can do to help the Racine Theatre Guild.

As a nonprofit, community theatre, over 65% of our funding comes from ticket sales. Due to the generosity of our donors, a successful season thus far, and the talents of our volunteers, we have proactively discussed ways to handle our temporary closure. However, there are several ways you can help support our ability to continue “lighting up lives at all stage”:

  • Renew your season tickets or flex passes for our 83rd Season
    • Check your mailbox for your renewal form soon!
  • Become a season ticket holder or purchase flex passes for our 83rd Season
    • Visit our Subscribe & Save page or call (262) 633-4218 to learn more and order yours!
  • Purchase a gift certificate to use for any Racine Theatre Guild program or event
    • Visit our Gift Certificate page to learn more and call (262) 633-4218 to order yours!
  • Reserve a Playbill ad for our 83rd Season
  • Make a contribution to the Racine Theatre Guild
    • Visit our Donation page or mail gifts to Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave., Racine, WI 53404!
  • Follow Racine Theatre Guild on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter
    • Comment, share, and tell your stories to spread the word about RTG!

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