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The stage is set, the curtain is rising, and there’s a feeling in the air that the show will go on. In less than a week, the folks at La Crosse Community Theatre went from 53.2 percent funds raised for their $6.7 million capital campaign to 58.9 percent raised.

They welcomed aboard new donors — Charles and Sue Gelatt — and unveiled the architectural renderings for the new theater in front of a full house in the Cargill Room at Riverside Center South on Tuesday night.

The new theater will be built right next door to Riverside Center South and will expand seating capacity from 296 to 450. The building will  feature a wall of glass that faces the river, and will include a black box theater along with the main theater, rehearsal space, costume shop and administrative offices.

New Theater Oversight Committee Chairman John Lyche said the group is three months ahead of schedule and has plenty of volunteers working to make sure this new theater becomes a reality.

If you ever wanted to get involved, this is the time, said La Crosse Community Theatre Board President David Amborn.

“At a time when it’s at its most exciting, we’re here.”

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“This has been a long, long process to get this done,” Lyche said, but now things are moving quickly.

Just because funds are being raised quickly, don’t feel you can’t contribute, too, Lyche said.

“We need you and the rest of the community,” Lyche said. “Every dollar counts.”


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