Portage Area Community Theater is another chapter in Portage’s long history of live theater. It started in 1879 with the Portage Opera House located on East Cook Street. Performers there included George Cohen, John L. Sullivan, and Sousa’s band. This was also the location of the premier local performance of Zona Gale’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, “Miss Lulu Bett”.
In 1971, a predecessor of PACT called Portage Players was formed as an offshoot of the Lively Arts Council. The first big musical they produced was “Fiddler on the Roof”.
In 1980 Portage Players incorporated as Portage Area Community Theatre. We are still going strong nearly 50 years later! The key words in our name are “Area” and “Community”. We welcome members from a large area including Pardeeville, Montello, Lodi, Columbus, and Baraboo. We perform shows for the community, and in the process the performers become a community.
We welcome you into our community in any way you choose to serve. Please join us, and become a part of PACT's future!