The Donald L. Oat Theater is a warm intimate venue that performers and patrons equally love. In 1997 renovations began with a generous naming gift from Joan Oat, widow of Donald L. Oat, the late owner of the Norwich Bulletin, which enabled us to get a construction grant from the State of Connecticut. Beautifully renovated, The Oat has served as a versatile venue for over a decade, reaching its tenth anniversary in October 2009 and still open to truly unique entertainment and events.
The Oat is used for theatrical productions, live music concerts, workshops, children’s classes, and community events. It can be rented for private receptions, parties and other celebrations. It is the home to the NAC Theater group and has hosted many regional theater groups including LS Center Stage Productions, Harp and Archer Ensemble, Second Step Players, Groton Regional Theater, Three Rivers Students Performing Arts Guild and the Wild Thyme Players.
It is from this stage that First Fridays in downtown Norwich come to life. Our First Friday Live Sounds series offers diverse genres of music in concert from October through May. The concerts range from jazz to folk, from blues to swing dance bands. We have had Hawaiian, Cuban & Latin sounds as well! Audiences also take advantage of the Opening Receptions happening in the art galleries of the Chelsea Arts District in downtown from 6 - 9 PM.
On October 17, 2009 we celebrated the theater's 10-year career of providing outstanding entertainment in a fabulous gala event, A Decade on Broadway. And we look forward to opening the doors of the theater to our ever-diversifying patronage for decades to come!
If you are looking for information about renting the theater for your next event, click here for details, fees, and floor plans of the Donald L. Oat Theater.
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