Thrasher Opera House: Live Music Year-Round

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The historic 200-seat Thrasher Opera House, built in 1910, holds true to its purpose as a community gathering place. Since reopening in 1998, Thrasher typically provides 50 to 60 nights of diverse programming each year, including music and theatre performances, comedy, community events, and educational workshops for youth and adults.

The 2021 season offers performances ranging in genres from blues to bluegrass, and will flex to adhere to state and federal guidelines for safety. Our socially distant concert series, the 506 Sessions, offers the most exclusive audience we’ve ever had—only 35 people! Setup for these shows includes cocktail-style seating and service (and plenty of distance). A totally new way to experience the venue. The season features performers such as Pat McCurdy (comedy), WheelHouse (bluegrass), Todd Green (world music), Wise Jennings (rockabilly), and Feed The Dog (jam-rock-grass).

When it’s safe to resume with our nationally touring artists, our roster will include Max Weinberg’s Jukebox, Judy Collins, The Paul Thorn Band, The Second City, The Hillbenders present WhoGrass, C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band, Appalachian Road Show, The Way Down Wanderers, The Jimmys, Johnny A: Just Me … and My Guitars, Jackie Venson, Darrell Scott, Carsie Blanton, Switchback: A Midwestern Christmas, and more. Check our website at thrasheroperahouse.com for a continually updated roster or call us with any questions regarding upcoming shows at (920) 294-4279.

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Whether you’re here in June or January, there’s always something happening at the opera house! Thrasher is also home to an art gallery and newly added Harvest of Bargains gift shop.

Thrasher Opera House has been serving Green Lake and the surrounding communities since Charlie Thrasher saw to it that there would be a place in town where many kinds of events could bring people together. Charlie operated his namesake opera house until 1939. However, by World War II the building languished into a warehouse and eventually fell into a severe state of disrepair slated for condemnation. In 1994, Ron Hagstrom, a prominent real estate broker in Green Lake with a lifelong interest in broadcasting, music, and theatre, purchased the opera house and immediately began drawing up plans for a complete restoration. Rather than tear it down, he elected to bring Thrasher Opera House back to life.

From that moment on, Thrasher has reestablished itself as home to community and cultural events. Registered on the National Register, State Register, and City Register of Historic Places, Thrasher’s vision was realized. The community was once again enthralled with its opera house; children were laughing, and people gathered to listen, watch, and be entertained.

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