The Opera House Theatre

The Opera House Theatre is located in downtown Philipsburg, Montana. Built in 1891, it is recognized as the oldest continually operating theatre in Montana!  Originally named the McDonald Opera House, the current owners, Tim and Claudette Dringle are keeping alive the tradition of live theatre.

The Opera House Theatre Company

2018 Summer Season

Edward Baxter was a successful psychiatrist until….he was framed for murder! Now he’s on the run with an assumed identity and a suspicious new wife.   Enter psychic, Lydia, and more unexpected visitors as Edward’s life goes from bad to worse….much worse! Author Lisa Rowe keeps us guessing with comical twists and wordplay.  Directed by Nathan Adkins.(Produced in cooperation with Dramatic Publishing)

Several years ago, Lisa Rowe gave up a highly successful but soul-crushing career as a trial lawyer to pursue her passion in theatre and the visual arts. Since then she has directed several incarnations of her play, the comedy/farce Psych, and her monologue Sixty Pounds debuted in November 2012 at the University of Wisconsin-Washington County’s Theatre on the Hill.   Rowe would like to note for the record that theatre people are substantially cooler than lawyers in nearly every quantifiable respect.

Carolyn has one evening to cook a three-course dinner, get married and hide the fact that she’s in labor!  What could possibly go wrong?  Carolyn’s father is the head of gynecology at the local hospital but she has her heart set on a home birth.  You’ll laugh  along with author David S. Craig and director Tim Eastman as they unfold this delight filled comedy. Bring the whole family, they’ll laugh! (Produced in cooperation with Dramatic Publishing)

David S. Craig is an internationally produced, multi-award-winning playwright and theatre artist. He has written 29 professionally produced dramatic works including his hit comedy Having Hope at Home. Craig’s work has garnered outstanding press notices and has been honored with numerous awards including: The Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Production (three times), the Chalmers New Play Award (three times), the Rideau Award, The Canada Council Prize, The Writer’s Guild Prize for Radio Drama and the Barbara Hamilton Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts. Toronto’s NOW Magazine named Craig “One of Canada’s Top Twenty Playwrights.”


It’s funny, wonderful, charming, fabulous, splashy, zippy, whimsical, and hilarious.  Brilliantly delightful and infectious in its music, comedy, parody, hilarity and hi-jinks!  It’s Vaudeville at its best!  Truly a summer favorite for the whole family!   Directed by D.J. Gommels. (Produced in collaboration with the 2018 Opera House Theatre ensemble)

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Welcome to Philipsburg, Montana!

Philipsburg, Montana is a great place to visit any time of the year!  The town is full of history, and the Philipsburg area is geologically rich with large mineral deposits, over 75 named lakes and reservoirs with opportunities for panning for your own Montana sapphires, or exploring old Montana silver and gemstone mines in the surrounding mountains and ghost towns.  A drive down Montana Highway 1 may have you following a cattle drive or counting deer on the hillsides. Maybe you prefer a local micro-beer and a good burger or a tasty sweet from the “World’s Greatest Candy Store”!  And after a full day exploring our history and our culture, you can have a great night’s sleep at one of our fine lodging options. The choices are yours and our small town charm will help make the most of your visit to Philipsburg, Montana.  Enjoy!