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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

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 ;-)

2

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.

Previous Stories

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.