About FMCT

Since our beginning, FMCT has provided memorable theatrical and educational experiences for our community’s artists and patrons of the arts.


Since 1946, Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre (FMCT) has provided a wide range of performance and education opportunities to the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo area and surrounding communities. FMCT is the longest running community arts organization in the Red River Valley Region of Minnesota and North Dakota.  Season after season, our organization continues to evolve and grow in our community-minded mission as we position ourselves to create exceptional experiences for many more years to come.

Originally opening as the Emma K. Herbst Playhouse in 1967, today’s FMCT was a community-wide building project supported by financial and in-kind contributions from many individuals and entities including the Herbst family, local Union workers, and the Fargo Park District. The playhouse was built in a style similar to the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis with a thrust theatre design providing an intimate viewing experience with seating surrounding three sides of the stage. The opening of the facility fulfilled a common goal to create a permanent home for FMCT to grow and prosper after two decades of holding productions in various venues throughout Fargo and Moorhead.

Expansion projects have significantly enlarged the footprint of FMCT over the years including the addition of the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum pavilion in 2011.  Gifted by the Burgum family, this additional space provides a beautiful look into Island Park and serves as a versatile space for small performances and special events, rehearsals, rentals, or simply as a lovely spot to gather with friends and family before attending an FMCT show.

FMCT is officially organized under the name Northern Prairie Performing Arts.


“Providing theatrical and educational opportunities to engage and enrich the greater community.”


FMCT In The News

FMCT seeks park district OK to expand Island Park theater

The Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre is asking for help from the Fargo Park District in expanding the theater’s footprint in Island Park. The subject was explored during a meeting Wednesday, April 29…

Fargo theater troupe’s online story readings give kids at home a fun escape

The coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent need for social distancing shut down theatrical productions around the country, but one Fargo-based troupe is making the best of a bad situation…


The Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre (FMCT) is continuing to move forward as they wait to see what the future holds for the building located at 333 4th Street S. in Fargo..

Contrary to rumors, Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre plans to repair building

Despite structural issues that led the city of Fargo to deem The Stage at Island Park “unsafe” in December, Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre’s home will remain standing…

Forum editorial: F-M should rally to ‘Save our Stage’

It was a jarring discovery worthy of Ebeneezer Scrooge following a performance of “A Christmas Carol”: a cracked beam above the Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre’s stage…

Big crowds have Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre smiling

The Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre opened its latest season with a classic farce, “Noises Off!” Predictably, the comedy had audiences in stitches last weekend, but that’s not the only thing making the theater company smile these days…

Looking ahead to 2020’s arts and entertainment highlights in Fargo-Moorhead

A new year tends to bring about plenty of looks back at the previous 365 days, but 2020 has lots to look forward to in Fargo-Moorhead — especially in the arts and entertainment circles…

BWW Review: NOISES OFF! at Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre

For those not familiar with the story, Noises Off is a 1982 play by Michael Frayn. This is a three-act show and each Act hilariously shows us how a play comes together or…

Other Media

The musical “Godspell” opens at FMCT on Wednesday!

One of the true classic musicals from the 1970’s take the stage with an all female cast at the FMCT July 17th thru 21st. Director Natalie Novacek had a chance to chat with “Nighttime Live” about…

NDT – Jesus Christ Superstar Preview

Jesus Christ Superstar hits the Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre from July 26th – 28th and July 30th – August 2nd and we have your sneak peek of what to expect for this fabulous show.

Employment Opportunities

Check here for current job openings at our theatre.

Rental Information

A perfect place for performances, meetings, or special events, FMCT is available for rent to outside individuals and groups.

Past Performances

View a complete list of FMCT’s production history.

Staff & Board

FMCT is operated by a full-time staff and guided by a volunteer Board of Directors.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Box Office Hours?

Online: 24/7 – visit www.fmct.org

Phone: M-F, 9am-5pm – call 701-235-6778

In Person: M-F, 9am-5pm & 60 minutes before each performance

When are performances?

Our typical production schedule has performance start times on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 pm. Sunday matinees are held at 2:00 pm. When ordering tickets, please be sure to check the performance date and times. FMCT is not responsible for missed performances and no refunds or exchanges will be made after the performance.

What is your privacy policy?

We take measures to make sure your information is safe and secure. FMCT does not share your personal information with anyone. We also do not keep any payment information on file.

Can I exchange my ticket?

Complimentary exchanges are available exclusively to FMCT members. A $5.00 per order ticket exchange fee will be charged for non-members.

Can I refund my ticket?

Ticketing refunds are available exclusively to FMCT members. Refund requests must be made more than 24 hours in advance of the performance in question. For more info about membership, visit www.fmct.org.

When can FMCT Members buy tickets?

FMCT members have presale access to tickets for all mainstage FMCT productions two weeks prior to the general on-sale period.

Does FMCT offer a group rate?

Group rate tickets are available to groups of 10+. Group rate tickets must be purchased in advance by contacting the box office during business hours.

Can I still see the show if I arrive late?

Patrons arriving after a performance begins will be seated at the discretion of the House Manager. Location and timing of late seating is not guaranteed and is subject to change.

Does my child need their own ticket?

Any child who will be occupying their own seat must have a ticket. Children who will be sitting on a lap do not need their own ticket.

Does this show contain sensitive material?

Is it appropriate for younger audiences? How long is the performance?

This information is different for each performance.  If these conditions exist, they will be found in the on-line show information.

Where should I park?

Patrons may park in the Dike East parking lot on the East side of 4th Street. Overflow parking may occur at Prairie St. John’s (510 4th St. S). Please note that FMCT does not own or manage either of these parking lots.

Where is FMCT located?

The theatre is located at 333 4th St. S in Fargo. It is directly South of the downtown YMCA location and across the street from the Dike East skate park.

What time should I arrive?

Please arrive early for performances. Doors to the lobby open at least one hour before curtain time, and guests are admitted to the auditorium 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance. If guests are buying tickets at the door or picking up tickets at the Box Office, they should allow at least 10 minutes to do so.

As a courtesy to all guests, late arrivals and guests re-entering the theater may be asked to wait to be seated until a suitable break in the performance, at the discretion of the House Manager and/or Lead Usher.

How will I get my tickets if I purchased them over the phone or online?

All orders have the option to be held Will Call, emailed (print-at-home) or mobile ticket option. 

Tickets bought online or through the Box Office may be printed from the computer once the transaction has been finalized. If you choose to print your tickets from home, you will receive an email confirming your ticket transaction with a printable ticket attachment. If multiple seats were purchased in a single transaction, each ticket will have its own page. For any printer-related issues, please contact the Box Office and we will reprint the tickets to be held at Will Call.

Do you cancel performances due to inclement weather?

At FMCT, we believe that “the show must go on!” Occasionally, however, a performance must be canceled, usually due to inclement weather. In the event of inclement weather that requires us to cancel a performance, the Box Office will have an outgoing message describing FMCT’s plans of a cancelled performance. 

The decision regarding whether or not to cancel will be made—and the message recorded—no later than 5 pm. If this occurs tickets will be exchangeable or refundable, with refunds given in the form of credit on the ticket purchaser’s account. FMCT will also make every effort to inform guests of this decision as soon as possible by phone and social media.

Do you offer anything to eat or drink?

Experience FMCT’s concessions and full bar starting 60 minutes before most performances. All concession items and beverages can be brought into the theatre to enjoy during the performance. Concessions and the Lobby Bar are cash only – ATM available on site. No outside food or beverages will be allowed.

What should I wear?

Most guests arrive at FMCT in what might best be described as “office casual”—clothes in which they feel comfortable. Suit jackets and ties are not required for men. Jeans are perfectly acceptable. Individuals having an elegant “night on the town” will come dressed as such. During the holiday season, some families—especially the children—will come dressed in holiday finery.

The temperature in the theater varies from production to production based on audience and cast size. We suggest bringing a sweater or light jacket to ensure you are as comfortable as possible.

I am purchasing tickets and require accessible seating. Where can I find seats that will accommodate my needs?

Accessible parking is available directly in front of the building on performance days. The building is equipped with a ramp leading to the front door, and the auditorium has a generous amount of accessible seating. Row F is reserved for parties including persons using wheelchairs, walkers, or persons with limited mobility. These wheelchair accessible seats and companion seats are available for purchase by people with disabilities and their companions for every performance, subject to availability. To request accessible seating, please contact the box office at 701-235-6778.

Do you offer listening devices?

Assistive listening devices are available to check out from the box office for all performances. Devices amplify the sound from the stage and feed into an earpiece that can be worn by anyone who may have difficulty hearing.

Do you offer any services for blind or low-vision patrons?

FMCT typically offers one Audio Description performance during the run of each main stage production. At these performances a professional interpreter describes what is happening on stage for any patron that is blind or low-vision. The interpreter’s voice is fed discreetly into an earpiece worn by the patron for the duration of the performance. To request additional info or to book tickets for an upcoming AD performance, please contact the box office at 701-235-6778.

Do you offer programming to the Autism community?

FMCT offers Sensory Friendly performances during various designated productions each season. These performances are specifically adapted for audience members with sensory needs who may find the typical theatre-going experience to be overwhelming. For information about upcoming Sensory Friendly performances, please contact the box office at 701-235-6778.

May I record the performance? Take pictures?

As a courtesy to others, please turn off or silence cell phones and other “noisy and bright” electronic devices. Text messaging during the performance is not allowed. Due to performance royalties, contractual obligations and as a courtesy to the artists, the use of cameras and recording devices is strictly prohibited. Violators may be asked to leave without refund.