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Thrasher Opera House Corporation

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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

32 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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I attended my second concert at this venue on February 5th, 2011. It was a concert by John McCutcheon.

This is a fine venue with good acoustics, seating and view of the stage. The old opera house has been lovingly restored and I look forward to attending more events there in the future.

The calendar of events lists many well known performers from a variety of musical tastes.

It was well worth the drive from Madison, Wisconsin. I encourage everyone to attend events at the Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake, Wisconsin.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thrasher Opera House is a gift to our community that keeps on giving. My family has benefited from a wide array of experiences in a beautiful setting. We've heard George Winston perform during the Christmas holiday season. We have had the pleasure of listening to numerous other talent musicians.

We've attended Missoula Children's Theater performances when our daughter was very small and watched her blossom as an actor in 8 productions put on by Missoula Children's Theater over the last 6 years. Our independent small business believes this is such an amazing opportunity for local children that we have begun sponsoring this program whenever possible.

Just this month we've gone to Thrasher Opera House twice for very diverse evenings: a children's performance of the Frog Prince through MCT and a screening of an independent film, Feed the Fish, which was made in Wisconsin. Both were affordable experiences in a lovely venue within 20 minutes from our home. The arts are a very important part of our lives and we look forward to continuing to benefit from Thrasher Opera House as a part of our community.

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake is an absolute treasure. The programming has always been diverse and very entertaining. My family and friends look forward to the performances. The staff does an excellent job of involving the community youth in many educational and fun projects. All of our local businesses have benefitted from the extra activity The Trasher Opers House created.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Thrasher is definitely a FIND. The building is well maintained, acoustics are great, soft great chairs, wine and beer are available which is a nice touch, the staff are always very kind and helpful, and the PRICE is right. They offer very affordable events so one can truly experience new ventures without hesitation. We drive one hour to come to the Thrasher and it is well worth it. We have a lovely dinner at a restaurant nearby ant then walk over to the event.

We have seen a jazz singer, Eric Bibb that we had seen in Liverpool, England where we sat in a large stadium and he was quite far away to sitting just three rows away from him at the Thrasher!!!! For St. Patty's weekend we saw a wonderful riveting irish band, and recently we saw the two men from Switchback who sang a mix of their own songs and Christmas songs. Even our 21 and 34 year old sons thoroughly enjoyed their phenomenal voices and instrumental talent. We are incredibly fortunate to have the Trasher available and one that is able to search out for a wide variety of talent. We have NEVER been disappointed yet, and doubt we ever will be. Because we have never been disappointed it also encourages one to try new events that you may not have thought about going to. We are anxious to see and hear our next event. We have been telling others about this "find" and will be bringing more with us as we continue to venture to this beautiful town.

Client Served

Rating: 4

We have enjoyed many musical events at Thrasher. Almost all have been artists we would not have been aware of, or unable to see because of cost of tickets, and distance to travel to a larger venue. It is a rare occurrence to be disappointed in the performances that we choose to attend.
We love everything about Thrasher- the outstanding acoustics, intimate atmosphere, comfy seats, as well as being able to meet our friends who also enjoy the music here. Very often the artists comment on how much they love to perform at Thrasher. They seem to deeply appreciate our small town charm, friendliness, outstanding welcome they receive, and our love of their music. It feels very cool to be a part of this 'inside' perspective. There is always an opportunity to meet & speak with the artists who perform here. I think they view it as a 'getaway' stop while on the road.
We love Thrasher, and wish it a long, prosperous run.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake, WI is a beautiful, charming and intimate venue that hosts guests and shows for audiences of all ages. The volunteers and other individuals that manage Thrasher do a wonderful job to ensure each experience is a memorable one. Our family is very thankful to have the Thrasher Opera House in our community!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thrashers is a beautiful venue that brings top-notch entertainment to our small toursit community. Through great efforts the wonderful historic building was renovated and preserved for the enjoyment of generations to come.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Thrasher Opera house, located in charming , historical, rural Green Lake , WIS is a charming venue and the FIRST time our teenage children enjoyed their first concert with their parents--Willy Porter was the concert and we all loved how close and personal the venue is.

Since then, we have seen Second City (another popular event for multiple generations) and the POCO band. All memorable concerts . We will travel far to see a concert at the Thrasher Opera House in beautiful Green Lake.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thrasher Opera House is FABULOUS! It brings all kinds of Name entertainment to Green Lake for us to enjoy!

Client Served

Rating: 5

A great community resource. A place where your child can perform in a 1 week production and the next week you can see a Top teir Astist, only place like it in the Fox Valley location. Plus only a 1 minute walk to the best Vacation lake in Wisconsin.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thrasher Opera House is a restored 1890 Opera House with an eclectic and wonderful schedule of performers year after year. Every time we attend a performance we have a wonderful experience. the performers like playing in an intimate setting, in front of an enthusiastic crowd and the result is a great live performance. With a lean staff and a dedicated group of volunteers, Thrasher is a great asset for this small community in south central Wisconsin.

Rachel W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering for Thrasher Opera House in Fall 2010. I have truly enjoyed helping at events such as Harvest of Bargins and the Jingle Cats concert last December or even just typing information into their database and getting to know Maria Dietrich and Martha Janz. Maria and Martha work so hard on making every event as perfect as possible. I really don't know how they do it all, but they put it all together so wonderfully. They have made Thrasher Opera House such a unique, and wonderful fixture in the Green Lake community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Thrasher Opera House is a venue which holds 200 attendees. This allows the audience to be close to and interact with members of the groups on stage.
The arts offered are very diverse with music, plays and comedy on stage. The Thrasher Opera House staff does a superb job arranging and presenting the groups and they are supported by volunteers from the local area.
The groups on stage are always very talented and an evening spent at the Thrasher Opera House is very well worth one's evening.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The T.O.H. provides a wonderful diversity of affordable programs for people from all over the midwest and is managed by three outstanding (and underpaid) individuals. They really make it fun to do volunteer work.

The 200 seat venue is always wam and inviting: and there is not a bad seat in the house in terms of comfort,accocustics and ability tosee.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family has enjoyed the Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake over the years. Certainly, we've enjoyed the intimate atmosphere, allowing us to have a closer, more personal experience with the performers. We've also enjoyed the historical integrity preserved in the renovation of the building.

Our son, now 13, has developed a love of music, performance and theater, partly because of some of the interesting and entertaining events he has been able to attend at the Thrasher Opera House. Thank you for providing that in the Green Lake Community.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Thrasher opera House is a lovely restored building lovingly sponsored and cared for by a group of active volunteers. It features a wonderful variety of programs year round as well as offers space to the local town for weddings, children's programs and plays. It has wonderful acoustics. It is a wonderful asset this beautiful community in the heart of Wisconsin. The Green lake Festival of Misic also uses this great space for most of its performances during the summer. I am on the board of the Festival and have been a volunteer for the Thrasher since the early days of its restoration. It is a very special place that gives everyone more richness in their lives.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Thrasher Opera House is a 'gem' serving a very broad community in this Central Wisconsin area. Although the non profit organization is managed by very loyal and supportive volunteers and a small staff tickets are purchased by people throughout Wisconsin and many other states. Those attendees travel significant distances to follow their favorite performer(s) and the small city of Green Lake comes alive as they also patronize motels, hotels, restaurants and shops. What a profound change this has made in our community! Certainly all arts should be supported in both down and up economic conditions.