Record Breaking $700K Raised At Milwaukee Rep's Curtain Call Ball
Milwaukee Repertory Theater's Artistic Director Mark Clements and Managing Director Chad Bauman are pleased to announce that The Rep's sold out Curtain Call Ball on May, 12, 2018 raised a record breaking $700,000. Co-chaired by Laura and Adam Peck and Mara and Craig Swan, the Curtain Call Ball is The Rep's single largest fundraiser and this year's numbers including over $325,000 raised during the paddle appeal to complete the Stackner Cabaret renovation set an all-time Rep record.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the $1.75million Stackner Cabaret renovation project took place Wednesday, May 30 with several donors in attendance including; Bob Balderson, Cheri and Tom Briscoe, Nancy and Steve Einhorn, Rob Gardenier, Beth and Pete Gottsacker, John Hunzinger, Phoebe Lewis, Lori Morse, Gayle Rosemann, Board President Ed Seaberg, Patrick Smith and Neal and Cathy Wegner. The renovation would not be possible without the lead gift of $750,000 from Jan and Vince Martin and $250,000 from the Stackner Cabaret Foundation.
Since its opening in 1987, the Stackner Cabaret has been one of Milwaukee's most in-demand performance venues playing to near capacity crowds for an average of 300 performances a year. The renovation will increase the number of seats by over 35%, address aging infrastructure issues, provide a completely new kitchen, and better maximize space and opportunity both within the theater as well as in the outer lobby. The result of the changes are expected to increase the Stacker's brand as a destination venue. Given the unique nature of architectural designs completed by Uihlein/Wilson -Ramlow/Stein Architects, audience members and longtime Subscribers will be able to keep their exact same seats all while experiencing a new world-class venue beginning this fall at the opening of The Reps 65th Anniversary Season.
Photo: Performance celebrating the Stackner Cabaret