Residents of the Village of Kohler and community at large are invited to participate in an Open House to unveil the recently refurbished Kohler Memorial Theater on Wednesday, February 5, from 5pm-7pm.
Kohler High School students in the fine arts program will lead guests on “back-stage tours” of the Theater, making several stops along the route to highlight the renovations. Throughout 2019, the Theater underwent a major transformation, converting the iconic music and arts venue into a more comfortable, gracious and state-of-the-art facility. The project was a collaboration among the Kohler School District, Village of Kohler and Kohler Co. Among the renovations include:
- Theater lobby doubled in size, with ADA accessible ramp at front of Theater
- Dedicated will call and two concession stands on each end of the lobby
- New and wider seating, including 10 wheelchair seats, and added space between rows
- Swing arm on select aisle seats to allow for easier access
- Hearing assistance devices
- New ADA accessible restrooms including a family/private restroom
- New stage curtains, and energy efficient house and theatrical lighting
- Enlarged proscenium arch size for increased viewing
- New A/V control counter and catwalk system, wall panels to improve overall sound
- New dressing room and green room for talent
- New staircase lighting, paint and interior finishes
The Kohler Memorial Theater was originally constructed and officially dedicated to the community by Herbert V. Kohler, Sr. on January 5, 1957, and has been the site of hundreds of events, concerts and performance for the school district, Village and Kohler Co. They include school band and performance concerts; annual fall, spring and mid-winter drama productions; school assemblies, graduations and honors ceremonies, and the annual Kohler Co. annual children’s Christmas program.
For more than 75 years, the Kohler Foundation has hosted the Distinguished Guest Series, one of the longest running performing art series in the State of Wisconsin. Annually, professional performers delight audiences by presenting a wide range of remarkable musical and performing arts. Among the notable performances over that span include Marcel Marceau, Gladys Knight, Trapp Family Singers, Mary Martin, Kristin Chenoweth, Yo-Yo Ma and Dr. Maya Angelou.
The 2020 Distinguished Guest Series kicks off on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7:30pm with a show by famed dance company Piloblus called “SHADOWLAND The New Adventure” for one night only. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.KohlerFoundation.org/tickets. SHADOWLAND is a first of a kind presentation using multi-media, shadow play and dance to tell the love story of two people and their quest to save a magical bird. Employing animation, video and live shadow theater, the madcap adventure dips its toe into the genres of science fiction, film noir, and romantic comedy.