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Causes: Arts & Culture, Music, Performing Arts Centers

Mission: To promote the arts and the power of live performance, to provide a community gathering place, and to preserve the historic Thrasher Opera House.

Target demographics: bring people together through the arts, via live performance, in community

Geographic areas served: Rural east-central Wisconsin

Programs: year-round series of live performances representing all musical genres, comedy, and theatre, including biannual residencies with the Missoula Children's Theatre.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an amazzzzzzing year of artists you've assembled! I've got at LEAST 4 more I'm rather sure I'll be attending! Thanks so much to ALL of you at the Thrasher for bringing this incredible array of uber talented folks to come here and touch our hearts, feed our souls and lift our spirits. It's a very special gift and I am eternally grateful.

Board Member

Rating: 5

What was a classic old opera house from many years past has been meticulously resurrected into an amazing venue in a great small Wisconsin town. It is a great place to catch a show. It's small, intimate and offers a close up experience with the performer(s). Highly, highly recommended.

Steven Y.

Board Member

Rating: 5

When I look around the audience at any of our performances, I see total engagement in peoples faces, whether the venue is Celtic, folk, country, pop, jazz, theater or comedy. This to me is the reward of all the hard work that it takes to keep the doors open of such a gem in our small community! Many of these faces in the audience belong to those that have traveled often many miles from our neighboring states to see their favorite artist perform. And, each performer finds the warmth, acoustics, and overall experience of Thrasher to be so unique that repeat performances are almost always requested by the artist. If you haven't experienced Thrasher, this MUST be put on your "A" list!

Board Member

Rating: 5

My family and I are very fortunate to live a short walk from Thrasher Opera House in downtown Green Lake, a town of just over a thousand in central Wisconsin. The presence of this venue has given us the opportunity to enjoy music of all kinds (classical to folk), comedy, lazer light shows, vintage and independent films, theatre (from children’s to community to professional), lectures on local history and current issues, literary readings, and more.

Thanks to Thrasher’s presence, we’ve had the pleasure of opening our home to two opera singers from Lake Baikal, cooking for the touring directors from Missoula Children’s Theatre, learning how to build sets, forging relationships with other Thrasher volunteers and supporters. Thrasher is the catalyst for opening one’s eyes and ears, and heart!

Board Member

Rating: 5

On a cold snowy eve, in a sweet small town, after the end of a long week to sit in the beauty of our beloved Thrasher Opera House and swoon to Eric Bibb is absolutely amazing. Folks come from far and wide to enjoy our opera house venue. It was restored through much passion and hard work and continues to operate and grow with the support of our dedicated staff, board of directors, community and visitors. What a treasure for the Green Lake area.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Thrasher Opera House is celebrating its' 100th year of bringing outstanding entertainment to Central Wisconsin. This small recreation community hosts the finest area to discover relaxation, boating and of course, entertainmet at the Historic and intimate Opera house called Thrasher.
From local talent to nationally know enterainers, a very frequent compliment is the quaint and intimate setting the Thrasher offers their visitors. With preconcert discussions to post concert guest interviews, visitors are offered a unique experience.
If you haven't been to the Thrasher, please consider it on your list of things to see in Wisconsin. There are beautiful B & B's locally and great restraunts to curb the most discrimating appetite. Come see us soon, we're close by and very affordable.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This outstanding venue a block away from Wisconsin’s deepest inland lake is a treasure as it hosts largely very talented individuals on the cusp of making it big. This means it hosts artists who, while not household names, are toward the top of their respective fields and so make every effort to excel in their music/performance.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Many types of events occur at the Thrasher, but what got me involved were the concerts--just an amazing array of top-quality acts, including folk, blues, jazz, classical, world music, and more. It's a very intimate experience: there are no bad seats in the house, and performers mingle freely with the audience at intermission and concert's end. The acts range from famous (Maria Muldaur, Richie Havens, Poco, George Winston) to those who ought to be better known (Guy Davis, Eric Bibb, Peter Mulvey, Rani Arbo), but they are all top quality entertainers.

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