$100,000 MATCHING GRANT CHALLENGE MET!
(r.) Alan Stroschein and Kathy Hoch of Columbus recently made a sizeable donation to the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre building fund in honor of (l.) Roger and Marilyn VanHaren. Their gift completed the second matching grant challenge presented by Oris and Elaine Possin, taking total pledges and donations for the BDACT campaign to the $1.5 million level. With under a million dollars to go, BDACT’s goal is to complete the campaign within the year and then begin the transformation of the former St. Katherine Drexel Elementary School to a highly serviceable theatre/fine arts center in 2017. BDACT invites other matching grant challenges as an incentive for contributions.
Donations can be sent to BDACT, P.O. Box 216, Beaver Dam, WI 53916.
CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR CURRENT LIST OF BUILDING CAMPAIGN DONORS AS OF MAY 5, 2016
PHOTOS OF MAJOR CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTORS HERE
Don't be left out and add your name to this growing list of contributors! If you are interested in making a donation to the building campaign or taking a building tour, please contact one of the fund-raising co-chairs:
Jim Flynn email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 920-948-4791
Annette Kamps email: email@example.com or call 920-887-2093
BDACT Renovation Plans of the Former St. Patrick School
For over fifty years, BDACT has developed a solid organization, built on enthusiastic support by thousands of people of all ages. Until about ten years ago, its current home (a converted church with no ground floor access) plus rental of the high school auditorium for summer musicals have been adequate. However, given BDACT's highly increased activity, a new home with more space and access for all is critical. Consequently, BDACT recently purchased a former elementary school at 117 W. Maple Ave. in downtown Beaver Dam, to be reconstructed as a theater center with these and other advantages:
ACCESS FOR ALL
Handicap entrance and lobby, elevator for all three floors.
Current building: 15,000 square feet, built in 1912/ New building: 24,400 square feet, built in 1949 (solid steel and concrete structure).
Current building: 220 seats/New building: 425 seats in the main auditorium, 200+ seats in the Studio/Tell-A-Tale Children's Theatre plus meeting and lobby areas.
(For 15 to 20 BDACT shows per year, tour shows, community rentals) Larger main stage and auditorium with up-to-date technology; orchestra pit; highly serviceable back stage, scene shop, and dressing rooms. Studio theater with portable stage and flexible seating for diverse shows, including Tell-A-Tale Children's Theatre, music ensembles, STAGE II productions, comedy nights, etc.
DANCE REHEARSAL/MUSIC ROOMS
Meeting rooms for fine arts classes and general community use.
For business conferences, weddings, private parties, art exhibits, and other events. A catering kitchen, portable dance floor, and large lobby areas are additional assets.
DOWNTOWN LOCATION WITH IMPROVED PARKING
BDACT will be an activity hub for Beaver Dam and its larger area audience.
easy, special way to support BDACT’s future programs for kids!
GO FUND ME link https://www.gofundme.com/pr4agvmw to donate your dollars for lighting, sound, and staging in the planned studio theater, a part of BDACT’s building remodeling on Maple Avenue. The studio theater will be the venue for BDACT’s Tell-A-Tale Children’s Theatre productions, rehearsals, and classes.
BDACT GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE AT RECHEK'S FOOD PRIDE!
Gift certificates for the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre are now available at the service desk at Rechek's Food Pride in Beaver Dam. (920) 887-7675. If you're still looking for that perfect gift for someone, consider giving the gift of live entertainment! Gift certificates can be made for any amount and can be redeemed at Rechek's or at the door before the start of a performance.