You're Invited To Join First Nighters!  

Traditionally opening night of theatre and dance performances include celebrating with friends and family. Following this tradition we invite you to join our First Nighters series. This is a great way to see terrific theatre and dance, get to know our students, meet new friends and enjoy a delicious meal before the show!

We look forward to welcoming you to our remarkable 2018-19 production season!

Joan Karlen, Chair

Department of Theatre and Dance

Our First Nighters Season has three packages to suit your schedules and tastes. Your best value is the combined Studio/Jenkins package of five productions. It is a great price for dinner and a show!

5:15 p.m. Cash Bar Refreshments
NFAC Courtyard

6 p.m. Director's Remarks and Dinner
NFAC Courtyard

7:30 p.m. Performance
Jenkins Theatre or Studio Theatre

Excellent entertainment, casual dining and awesome energy! We have enjoyed First Nighters for years. We especially enjoy the director’s notes before the performance and meeting the talented students after the performance.
John and Petti Reichert

For the past 48 years, the wide variety and quality of performances has enriched my life!
Mary Ann Nigbor         

Purchase Tickets

Please note: Afterimages 2018 is included in the full season package however, Afterimages 2018 is not included in the First Nighters season package.


Kodachrome is ticketed separately and is not included in First Nighters or any Season package.


Click here to add tickets for these events.

​Contribute to Backstage

Ticket sales are strong, yet cover only a portion of our production costs. Each year we rely on Backstage patrons’ support to create exceptional productions and endowments for student scholarships. During the 2017-2018 season, BACKSTAGE patrons supported:

  • BFA Acting and Musical Theatre Senior Showcase travel to New York City
  • Students attending the American College Dance Association Conference
  • Student scholarships

Thank you to participating businesses for their willingness to match employee contributions. If your employer has a matching gift program, please include the matching gift form with your reply.
Suggested Contribution Levels

  • Angel - $1000+
  • Producer - $750+      
  • Artistic Director - $500+    
  • Managing Director - $250+    
  • Director - $100+
  • Stage Manager - $50+    

To make a contribution, please click here:

  • Select Designation
  • Choose Other Specific Fund
  • In box type Backstage Fund #4618

Or contact Maggie Marquardt, COFAC Director of Development at or 715-346-3056. Your contribution will be acknowledged in each production program, unless you wish to remain anonymous.