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Okoboji Summer Theatre in Spirit Lake, Iowa

The Okoboji Summer Theatre is owned and operated by Stephens College and has been a proud member of the Okoboji community since 1958. This summer, OST celebrates its 63rd season as a professional summer-stock company. Performing arts students at Stephens College work alongside professional guest artists from across the country to create nine main-stage productions and four Boji Bantam Children’s Theatre productions in 10 weeks each season.

Season 63 


June 16-21: The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On (Musical, PG)                          

Written and created by Roger Bean; vocal music arrangements by Michael Borth


June 23-28: Clue: On Stage! (Comedy, PG-13)                                                          

Adapted from the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn; written by Sandy Rustin 

Additional material by Hunter Foster and Eric Price

Directed by Stephen Broteback


June 30-July 5: Grease (Musical, PG-13)                                                                         

Book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey


July 7-12: Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors (Comedy, PG-13)                             


July 14-19: Terms of Endearment (Classic, PG-13)                                                   

Adapted for the stage by Dan Gordon, based on the screenplay by James L. Brooks


July 21-26: Noises Off (Comedy, PG-13)                                                                  

By Michael Frayn

Directed by Stephen Broteback


July 28-Aug. 2: The All Night Strut! (Musical, All Ages)                                                  

Conceived and originally directed and choreographed by Fran Charnas


Aug. 4-9: The Outsider (Comedy, PG)                                                                   

By Paul Slade Smith


Aug. 11-16: The Music Man (Musical, All Ages)                                                         

Book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson, story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey

Directed by Stephen Broteback


Boji Bantam Children’s Theatre

June 24-27: Sideways Stories from Wayside School

July 8-11: The Pied Piper 

July 22-24: The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! 

Aug. 5-8: The Velveteen Rabbit


Box Office


Curtain times are 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, with matinees at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday. Two-for-one performances include Saturday evening (8 p.m.) for all ages and Saturday (4:30 p.m.) and Sunday (6 p.m) for senior citizens, ages 65 and older.

Ticket Prices

Ticket prices are $24 (musicals) and $20 (non-musicals). Group discounts are available.  

Advance Tickets

  • Please email your advance ticket order to and we will reserve your seats. Tickets will be available for pick up when our box office opens on Monday, June 8.
  • General admission tickets (no promos) will be available online this spring through Eventbrite. 
  • After June 8, please call the box office at (712) 332-7773 for tickets. 

Discount Booklets

The Okoboji Summer Theatre offers discount voucher booklets for $175, available by emailing or by visiting the Pearson Lakes Art Center in Okoboji or Northwest Bank locations.

Seating Chart

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About Okoboji Summer Theatre

For more than 60 years, the Okoboji Summer Theatre (OST) has presented more than 550 plays to an audience of 1.5 million. A thousand young actors, 500+ professional faculty and 2,000+ guest artists have dedicated every waking moment to pulling off each production, accounting for more than 40,000 exhausting hours of rehearsals.

In 1958, the theatre started with nine Stephens students and 11 faculty members; today it is recognized as one of the longest running summer stock theatre programs in the country. It has entertained summer audiences in the lakes region of Iowa with high-quality, sold-out shows. 

OST is owned and operated by Stephens College, whose theatre program is ranked in the nation's top 10 by The Princeton Review. Advanced theatre students spend summers at OST gaining valuable professional experience.

Ruth Ann Burke, Executive Director
Stephen Brotebeck, Artistic Director
Rob Doyen, Associate Artistic Director 
Michael Burke, Director of Production and Operations


Community Commitment

Okoboji Summer Theatre is a proud member of:

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