“Protecting the Past, Insuring the Future” Campaign
Why did Peninsula Players need to build a new theater?
Although it may have appeared as though the old pavilion was still in good working condition, it is important to remember the original stagehouse was built in 1937 by the Peninsula Players acting company. After nearly 70 years of use and exposure to the elements, the structure simply could not last much longer. Experts told us the seating area had a life expectancy of five years or less. Additionally, our productions were technically restricted by the limitations of the old, weakened stagehouse.
Has my experience as an audience member changed?
Your experience at Peninsula Players has not changed. You may still arrive early and enjoy a picnic in the beer garden or stroll through the beautiful grounds and watch the sunset over Green Bay. The natural beauty remains. However, your experience in the theater may be a little different. Instead of sitting in the uncomfortable canvas chairs we used to have, you will now sit in comfortably cushioned theater seats. You will enjoy better sightlines and acoustics which will allow you to enjoy the plays even more. Those who are handicapped or hearing impaired may use increased handicapped parking and accessibility to the theater as well as assisted listening devices, and new handicapped restrooms located inside the theater pavilion. While the new pavilion is much grander than the old, the feeling is much the same. It is still open-sided with wooden panels which can be closed in inclement weather. Likewise, there is still no air conditioning or central heating (although there is radiant floor heat for the fall), and patrons are encouraged to dress according to the weather.
Will you do different kinds of shows?
Peninsula Players Theater prides itself on presenting a variety of shows each year which makes the Players a truly unique summer stock theater. The commitment to provide quality professional theater is the very essence of Peninsula Players. The new stage allows us to select shows we haven’t been able to do in the past. To work in a more efficient space allows us to produce more technically challenging shows. Additionally, with added dressing room space, larger casts can appear on stage.
Did the building process damage the property?
We worked closely with our architects in the planning phase to ensure that any effects on the surrounding environment be minimal. The decision was made to build the new theater in the same location as the current pavilion to avoid the destruction of the gardens or the cutting of more trees. The new structure was designed with the environment in mind featuring a vegetative roof and large timber framework which will match the surrounding trees.
How can I participate in the Campaign?
Even though the construction of the building is nearly complete, the fundraising phase of the campaign is still in full-swing. We need your help to finish paying for the stunning new facilities. Gifts of any size are helpful and greatly appreciated.
Peninsula Players Theater will accept gifts in the form of cash, securities, stock, real property, and valuables when it is feasible to convert them to cash to be counted in the campaign goal. Gifts may be given immediately or as a pledge over a period of three years. All gift payments can be made via cash, check, or credit card (VISA, MasterCard, or Discover).
When was this project completed?
Construction of the new audience pavilion and stagehouse began in September 2005 and Peninsula Players opened its 71st season in the new facilities on June 20, 2006. Throughout the summer, finishing touches have been added to the space and it is nearly complete at this time. While construction of the building is nearing an end, the fundraising aspect of the campaign will continue until sufficient funds have been raised to pay for the new facilities.