Green Lake Magazine Green Lake Magazine 2012 - Page 60

60 | Green Lake magazine 2012 Thrasher Opera House, at 506 Mill Street in downtown Green Lake, has entered its second century. Built in 1910 by Charlie Thrasher, the civic- minded son of a pioneer Green Lake family, Thrasher Opera House hosted entertainment throughout its early years in the form of vaudeville and traveling theatrical companies, silent movies, lms, school activities, dances, and basketball games. Films were shown until World War II, but eventually the building languished as a warehouse. Driven by his love of Green Lake and its history, the late Ron Hagstrom persevered in purchasing and refurbishing the wonderful old building. The restoration was successfully completed in 1997, and Thrasher Opera House is once again By MARIA DIETRICH an outstanding venue for musical, educational, and cultural events. In December 2001, Ron turned over the building to the nonprot Thrasher Opera House Corporation, which purchased the structure with the help of donations from many far-sighted area residents. Designated as a City of Green Lake Historical Structure, Thrasher Opera House is listed on the Wisconsin and the National Registers of Historic Places. The building boasts a large auditorium with a decorative tin ceiling, great acoustics, a full stage with wings, and a balcony, all of which have been restored to original condition by local craftspeople. Thrasher Opera House is a hub of activity. People travel from all over the Midwest, and sometimes farther, to see visiting artists such as Janis Ian, George Winston, and Jimmy Webb. The Missoula Children’s Theatre is in residence twice a year, giving 60 area children the opportunity to participate in a musical every January and June. In addition, the venue is used for everything from high school plays and dances to weddings and receptions, community and business meetings, lectures and piano recitals, and other uses limited only by the imagination. The 2012 season offers another year of high-caliber performers, including musicians John Gorka, Karla Bonoff, Solas, Willy Porter, the DePaul University Jazz Band, Michael Kaeshammer, Peter Yarrow, Ruthie Foster, and the legendary Poco; the improvisational comedy of Second City; and more. Visit thrasheroperahouse .com for dates, times, and tickets. Maria Dietrich is the Development Director at Thrasher Opera House. Photograph provided by Thrasher Opera House. THRASHER Opera House Thrasher Opera House By Maria Dietrich s&INEMUSICAL COMEDY THEATRICAL ANDCOMMUNITYEVENTS s!VAILABLEFORPRIVATERENTAL s#ALLORCHECKWEBSITEFOR CURRENTCALENDAR s&OLLOWUSON&ACEBOOK%XPERIENCETHEMAGICOFLIVEPERFORMANCEINACOOLLITTLEHISTORICVENUE-ILL3TREET'REEN,AKE 7)"USINESS/FlCE,OCATION-ILL3TREET0/"OX'REEN,AKE 7)  INFO THRASHEROPERAHOUSECOM WWWTHRASHEROPERAHOUSECOM