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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

71 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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What an amazing venue! So beautiful. A rare beauty! The ambiance is 5 star. The very helpful staff are top notch. I personally consider Thrasher a real Midwestern gem!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great Staff! Music is Wonderful!!! The room sounds amazing

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My children blossom at Thrasher every time they are blessed to be part of the Missoula children's theater! What an incredible opportunity for kids to experience theater for free! AWESOME!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They have an incredible line up from year to year. They just keep lining them up and knocking them out of the park!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I always enjoy the shows at the Thrasher Opera House. It is a comfortable atmosphere where you feel up close and personal with the acts.

Ron A.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great place in a great little town in central Wisconsin - looking forward to hours of entertainment in this historic theater!

Maria McKeown B.

Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful place fighting hard to keep the arts strong in small town USA.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great place to see musicians and artists from all over the United States Brought a lot of culture to our small town. We are very greatful to have them here in Green Lake.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A gem of a venue with an eclectic mix of entertainment. Not a bad seat in the house due to it's capacity and seating arrangements. We really enjoy our visits and look forward to more great concerts in the future.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dedicated and passionate staff, well run events, community focused

Joellyn J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization brings amazing musicians to a rural community that would otherwise have no chance to hear them without driving for hours. They support the community, and host many events that contribute to the health, welfare, and growth of our lovely little city and the surrounding area. A wonderful place for the arts and residents to gather and enjoy the good life of Green Lake.

Terri P.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Thrasher is the best place to see a variety of performances in Central Wisconsin. We are so glad to have this wonderful varied venue in our neck of the woods. We may be far from the maddening crowd, but always up for great entertainment.

Katie K.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love Thrasher Opera House - This small town theatre works hard to bring unique entertainment to a very small rural WISCONSIN community, not only for our community but people come for miles around, which brings in outside revenue! They are also the venue for our local high school performances I especially enjoyed seeing the high school Christmas programs

Sarah L.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Beautiful venue filed with beautiful people! Green Lake is so very lucky to have this amazing place❤️

Tookie Becker B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great entertainment and a great venue also a great price

Carol T.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a great venue! Intimate setting, excellent acoustics, top notch music and entertainment. This place is a jewel!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have quite a few music venues in our own city, but would rather drive the 45 minutes to the Thrasher House to see concerts. The selection is greater, the music is better, and the surroundings are so much more comfortable. The Thrasher serves music lovers not drunks like the venues in Oshkosh. I have yet to be disappointed on many years of faithful attendance.

Ryan McNeill D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great intimate venue to catch your favorite live performance!

Josh S.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great team, Fun Events, Historic Venue.
I have always had a fun experience at Thrasher Opera House.

Jim D.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent Music Event With “The Weight Band” - Bravo!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

A great venue! We enjoy going to the wide variety of concerts that are offered. Staff is wonderful!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have been coming to the Thrasher Opera House for about 14 years. We originally drove from Madison for shows and more recently from Wisconsin Rapids, since our retirement and move here. We have enjoyed such a wonderful variety of music! Cajun, Irish/Celtic, country, folk, and rock. We love the small, intimate venue where there are no bad seats. We could never go back to the big Collesium type of concerts! The people who run the Thrasher have always been friendly and accommodating. Green Lake is a nice destination in that it’s a little over an hour from us and we can have dinner in one of several nice restaurants before the show. I can’t say enough good things about the .thrasher Opera House!

Diane G.2

Client Served

Rating: 4

Paul Thorn !! Get show Great venue . Paul Thorn does a great job and supports our community when he is here . Thrasher does a great job bringing shows in in which the artist get the crowd involved . We are blessed to have such a great place

Amanda W.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Had an amazing time at a concert there last night. The acoustics were fantastic & the volunteers were kind & helpful. Would highly recommend!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great venue for a small town. They get in excellent talent.

Karen M.13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A true gem in the community! Staff is dedicated to bringing top notch entertainment to the area. The intimate venue offers a inviting place to hold shows.

dduijsters

Board Member

Rating: 5

In a rural area like Green Lake's, one usually has to make a lot of efforts to enjoys the arts, and drive to the 'big' cities. And here's that little gem in Green Lake, having these high-quality shows that attract people from as far as Minneapolis, having kids theatre for the local kids, showing movies at the Film Festival, showcasing local music talents, etc.

Seeing an artist at the Opera House provides you with a unique experience in several ways: the acoustics are marvelous, the staff is extremely welcoming and knowledgeable, but it's mostly the intimacy that makes each show an experience that will be remembered by both the audience AND the artist. Many artist that have 'outgrown' the 200 seat theatre category keeps coming back because every show is special.

The musical director books many genres of music, but one thing connects all acts, they are without an exception high-quality. So you can safely get tickets to ANY show, you will always have a good time!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Thrasher Opera House has a crazy high-quality program for its size, due to the great team running and the community of Green Lake supporting it. Pick any concert and just go, you will not regret it AND probably go again ;-)

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake, Wisconsin, is a community gem! We've enjoyed many events there and look forward to many more.
Ken & Wendy Folberg

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Thrasher Opera House is a local gem!! They host amazing and fun shows for date nights or fun family nights. Our small community is so lucky to have this, they are always showing up for this town, and we love it!

1 Roberta M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful non profit bringing live music and culture to a town that otherwise wouldn’t have it. Love the thrasher!!!

1 Gary S.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife and I recently moved to Green Lake after living in a different state our entire lives. For a small community, there is an amazing amount to do and see. Other things not withstanding, the Thrasher is one of the more influential reasons we chose the community. They consistently bring in top quality and unique artists/groups. This includes former recording stars (Rikki Lee Jones, Kenny Loggins), to well known comedy groups (Second City), to artists unknown to us. The genres are as varied as they are unique and interesting. Blues, country, folk, world music, ethnic, rock, pop, jazz, and more blends than you can shake a stick at. Quite often a lesson or pre-concert session is included.
The Thrasher is a shining, small-town gem with a world view that offers surprises for everyone, all in a place no one would expect, but everyone loves.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife and I feel blessed to have such a great performance space in our small community. on occasion, when we are at a show in the "big city", we are reminded of how good we have it. Roby, Martha, Maria & Rachel do a great job of bringing excellent music to Green Lake.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thrasher Opera House brings an amazing variety of entertainment to a warm, cozy venue. Where else can you visit a charming lake town of 1000 people and listen to award winning musicians like legendary bluesman Eric Bibb, iconic folksinger Tom Rush & founding member of the Byrd's, Roger McGuinn? In addition, the Missoula children's theater keeps returning and involving young people from the area in their 1 week long workshops that culminate in charming performances.

There isn't a bad seat in the house and tickets are reasonably priced. Best of all, the artists love the place and it shows. They keep returning for more small town hospitality from the appreciative audiences!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There are lots of reasons that make me happy about living in Green Lake, but the number one reason for me is: Thrasher Opera House. Thrasher provides many opportunities (almost on a weekly basis) to enjoy a wide variety of live performances--music, especially. I've "discovered" performers new to me, thanks to Thrasher's line-up. In addition to offering great concerts, Thrasher also serves as a community gathering place. It's a site for meetings, forums, and celebrations. Thanks to many generous sponsors and other donors, as well as a solid volunteer force, Thrasher's ticket prices are relatively affordable, allowing a diverse population to enjoy the arts. Thrasher is definitely one of Green Lake's treasures!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff of this venue is amazing. My husband and I had our wedding in Green Lake - the ceremony at Vesper Circle in the Green Lake Conference Center and the reception in the Thrasher Opera House. Our guests were blown away by how welcoming the entire town was and in particular by how attentive and accommodating the Thrasher staff was. The Opera House was a beautiful venue with a lot of charm and personality, and our live band sounded incredible on the stage. HIGHLY recommend this venue to other people either looking for event space or a great place to hear live music in an intimate setting.

1 Mary Emerson A.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

While I am also a board member, I love to comment from the standpoint of an experienced nonprofit professional. The Thrasher is such a fine example of a social enterprise. They do so much for the community besides providing great concerts (which would be enough). They sponsor the Missoula Children's Theater, host community events, and draw people to Green Lake That might not otherwise come. It's a pleasure to be involved with an organization that does such great work while maintaining financial integrity.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Thrasher Opera House (TOH) is a PEARL to this community and central Wisconsin! It brings music of all genres, theater including Missoula’s Children Theater twice a year, comedy including Second City each summer, and so much more! It is a destination location for many visiting this resort community that includes the deepest lake in Wisconsin, many fine restaurants and miles of beautiful countryside to hike and bike. If you have not yet experienced a performance at TOH, there is yet one more item to add to your bucket list!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Every concert I attend at the Thrasher seems to have a moment or two that are absolutely electrifying — something you'd like to bottle and bring back home. I don't know why this seems to be unique to the Thrasher (for me) but it may have something to do with the venue's artist selection, physical intimacy and wonderful staff.

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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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This was my first time visiting not only The Thrasher Opera House but also Green Lake. I was there to enjoy Todd Mosby and the New Horizons Ensemble. I thoroughly enjoyed the show and the venue. From the staff member who originally took my phone order for the tickets to all the volunteers we came into contact with during the show, everyone was top notch. Very friendly and very professional and such a beautiful venue! Very good sound and lighting, ample street parking all wrapped up in a historical building in a beautiful location. Well worth the trip! Come for a show and stay the weekend!

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My wife and I have appreciated the Thrasher Opera House for several years. It is a wonderful little venue. We have also performed there and found the staff to be very helpful.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A volunteer since the inception of Thrasher Opera House has been an outstanding event in my life. Not only for the music, but the ability to 'meet & greet' with the artists themselves, find out more about them & their lives. . . . and to hear their opinon of our wonderful small-town venue.





Jimmy Webb said it all as he was leaving after his concert when we were standing outside. He looked up at the building and said "This is one of the sweetest little places I have played in my life"! Awesome.

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Thrasher Opera House is a venue that provides young people an opportunity to learn about theatre and music; it provides entertainment (ranging from music to theatre to film and beyond) for young adults, adults and "elders"....it is THE area gathering point for the performing arts! Without it this rural area would be pretty barren! I love the Thrasher! The programming, the wonderful staff (both paid and volunteer) and the audience all make this place "work". What a lovely "gift" the Thrasher is to this very broad community.

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.