Timeline

A new performance space in La Crosse

A new performance space in La Crosse

2005

Artspace, Inc., conducts a feasibility study for an arts center with a new theatre included. Request and financial support come from the City of La Crosse, the County of La Crosse and La Crosse Community Theatre. Study results in the development of an arts district.

2007

Land is offered for the construction of a new theatre that would serve as a centerpiece for the new developing arts district.

2008

Reorganized the operational structure of La Crosse Community Theatre to facilitate a new vision of the organization.

March 2010

Wisconsin Act 152 becomes Law (Statute 70.11 (45)) providing tax exempt status to a theatre built on donated land near Mississippi River. A new Theatre Oversight Committee is formed with John Lyche appointed as Chair.

October 2010

Finalized donation of land agreement. Public announcement of new Theatre Committee Plan.

January 2011

Preliminary drawings completed, including exterior elevations and conceptual drawings. Initial cost estimate for construction established.

Scope of offerings in the new theater:

  • Theatrical performances a main stage
  • Theatrical performances in a secondary performance space
  • Availability in schedule for other performance groups
  • Collaborative and rental income opportunities

April 2011

Quiet phase of capital campaign begins

June 2011

Public campaign announced

July 2011

Discussions with other organizations to explore collaboration

November 2011

Collaboration between La Crosse Community Theatre and Viterbo University announced.

November 16, 2011

Groundbreaking ceremony

January 2012

Signing of collaboration agreement

Signing of collaboration agreement

La Crosse Performing Arts Center, Inc., is formed to serve as umbrella for maintenance of performing arts center.

April 2012

The responsibilities of La Crosse Community Theatre’s New Theatre Oversight Committee are handed over to La Crosse Performing Arts Center, Inc.

June 2012

Murals are sculpted in Lincoln, Neb.

 

Murals Installed and revealed

Murals Installed and revealed

September 2012

Murals are installed.

November 14, 2012

Seats are installed.

January 9, 2013

New theatre is named Weber Center for the Performing Arts

January 18, 2013

Sneak preview of Weber Center for the Performing Arts for benefactors who gave to the capital campaign.

January 19, 2013

Grand Opening Gala of Weber Center for the Performing Arts

Ribbon cutting of Lyche Theatre

Ribbon cutting of Lyche Theatre

January 20, 2013

Open House and public viewing of Weber Center for the Performing Arts

January 25, 2013

La Crosse Community Theatre presents Macbeth for their debut performance in Weber Center for the Performing Arts.

April 19, 2013

Viterbo University presents A Chorus Line for their debut performance in Weber Center for the Performing Arts