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Owner:

Peninsula Players Theatre, Inc.

Architect:

Holabird & Root

Boldt Role:

General Contractor

Key Points:

Large wood shutters that retract into the sidewalls give an open-air experience during the performance.

Peninsula Players Theatre

Campus Redevelopment

Fish Creek, WI

Within the beauty of Door County, there is a community of performers who work to keep the arts alive in this resort area. One such venue is the Peninsula Players Theatre, one of the oldest continuously operated outdoor venues in the United States. After contributing to Northeast Wisconsin culture for 70 years, the campus underwent a much-needed redevelopment.

As general contractor, Boldt constructed a new theatre, scene shop, audience pavilion and concession stand to replace the outdated and unsound structures built in 1937. The resulting new stage, with its 65 sq. ft. fly tower and wide wings, accommodates bigger set changes, and seating has been expanded to 621 upholstered seats with elevated back rows for easier viewing. Thanks to large wooden shutters that retract into sidewalls, guests enjoy an open-air experience during warm weather, while heated floors provide cozy comfort during end-of-season performances.

Finishing touches to this cultural gem include wooden beams, red clapboard siding and copper light fixtures to maintain its "Northwoods" style, and a vegetation-covered roof to reduce runoff and noise.