About Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) is a premier venue providing the community with unprecedented access to arts and entertainment, and a unique destination for weddings and corporate gatherings. Named for a woman with a classic style and an affinity for her community, this vital amenity is the cornerstone of the Arts and Entertainment District in downtown , Wisconsin.
A former Masonic Temple renovated and expanded in 2013 includes a new two-level art gallery that gives a nod to an exciting future and is the perfect backdrop for high-profile art exhibits. THELMA is an impressive feature in the heart of the city’s downtown with majestic pillars, a grand staircase, and the perfect blend of the historic and the modern. You will want to visit again and again whether it’s relaxing on the spacious outdoor plaza, watching a film, listening to an intimate concert in The Great Hall or attending a major concert in the street.
Available for private parties:
Capacity 80 comfortably
Catering must be from list of preferred caters
Rooms available (capacity in parenthesis)
Fountain City Room (200-250)
Great Hall (160-250)
Café 1906 (75)
Susan O. Ahren Contemporary Wing (2 levels; 75 per level)
The Plaza (150-200)
Grand Board Room (30)
Art Classroom (30)
South Meeting Room (15)
East Meeting Room (8)
Get up off your feet and start dancing! Ashley Hernandez will be teaching this fun choreography class! Ashley is one of the real dancers in the Fond du Lac Community Theatre (FDLCT) ensemble! She knows ballroom, salsa, and swing dance. She recently was part of the ensemble cast for FDLCT’s 60th Anniversary Broadway Review show, and the Pankratz Arts Exchange Christmas Show. She has also been involved in a variety of ways with FDLCT – as Stage Manager for both The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Choreographer for The Addams Family, and part of the ensemble cast for Spamalot. Ashley works at US Bank and teaches dance to the Encore children for FDLCT. Ashley most recently choreographed a piece for the FDLCT’s 60th Anniversary show.
For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/set-the-stage-choreography/.
Kyle Megna and the Monsoons (2018 WAMI Alternative Rock/Rock Artist of the Year) and (2017 WAMI Alternative Rock/Rock Artist of the year) is an original Wisconsin band with an ever-growing following locally and beyond. The band has shared the stage with acts such as Toto, Rusted Root, Jack Russell’s Great White, and Here Come The Mummies. Touring the Mid-West and South-East the Monsoons are a tight-knit group of accomplished, charismatic musicians with diverse backgrounds, these guys know how to have fun while always keeping it professional. Best seen live, they feed off the vibe of the crowd as well as each other.
Their “dark-indie-blues-folk-rock feel” is a magnetic force that’s ever-charged with surges of creativity and artistic experimentation. Fused with a healthy dose of spontaneity and humor, Kyle Megna and the Monsoons channel can’t-get-enough energy that’s good for the soul.
Vocals and guitar are done by Kyle Megna (2018 WAMI Male Vocalist of the Year). Aaron Zepplin on lead guitar. Fred Velpel is on bass and is nominated for the 2018 Award for Bass. Mike Underwood is on drums. Ross Catterton is on saxophone. Kurt Shipe is on trumpet and is nominated for 2018 Reeds/Brass Award. Noah Harmon is on keys.
For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/kyle-menga-and-the-monsoons-11-thursdays-of-summer/.
One-hour yoga class and enjoy mimosas afterwards!
Amy Jarvis is the Vinyasa yoga instructor at Yoga One Studio in Cedarburg and Fox Point.
We’ll be outside on the Plaza! Please bring your own mat, water and towel. Arrive 15 minutes prior to class and check in at the front desk. Ticket includes one glass of your choice: Mimosa or Bloody Mary. You may purchase more.
For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/yoga-and-mimosas/.
It’s time to think on your feet and improvise! Learn what it’s like to be an actor or actress! Therese Burazin will be teaching this week’s class. Therese takes great pride in having directed nine shows for Fond du Lac Community Theatre (FDLCT). She has been directing and teaching theater classes for over 20 years. She most recently directed Harvey and The Addams Family, and Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know for FDLCT, and is directed Heidi for Fond du Lac Area Home School Drama Troupe. Therese has also been the Artistic Director for the Milwaukee Youth Theatre for the past 16 years. She has been a theater instructor for the Schauer Art Center in Hartford for the past two seasons. In her spare time she enjoys working out at the YMCA, and spending time at home with her husband and their two cats. Her all time favorite thing to do is checking out new locations for a retirement dream home. . .this November there are plans to move to Florida!
For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/set-the-stage-acting-improvisation/.
Formed as a trio in May of 2008, Aaron Williams (Vocals, Guitar), Eric Shackelford (Drums, Vocals) and Z (Bass, Vocals) have the blues deeply rooted in the music they love to play.
The music is unwavering, filtering blues, soul, roots, and rock through a prism of emotional authenticity. What emerges isn’t a reinvention of the wheel, rather something undeniable, and the very definition of a force of nature. It’s real American music at its core and at its best.
For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/aaron-williams-and-the-hoodoo-11-thursdays-of-summer/.
Warren Wiegratz, Pam Duronio & Tim Stemper combined their creative passions to form a lively & contemporary jazz/pop, bossa/samba music ensemble called VIVO.
While Warren is famed for his saxophone work, you will also have the opportunity to experience his flute & melodic talents in VIVO. This lends a very international flair to some of the Spanish, Portuguese & French songs that Pam delights in singing. In addition, Tim enjoys coloring their material with his rich guitar chords and rhythms.
VIVO was WAMI’s (Wisconsin Area Music Industry)“Jazz Artist of the Year” for 2015. VIVO’s released CD “This Is the Time” , features all original songs and has received very favorable reviews from The Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel and the Milwaukee Examiner publications.
Before the VIVO concert on Thursday July 5, warm up those dancin’ feet with a free Samba dance lesson from dance instructor Julie Wilson, owner at Shut Up & Dance! We’ll be in the street at 6:30 pm before the concert begins at 7 pm at THELMA! Learn to Samba and then show off your dance skills during the concert!
No experience necessary.
6:30 pm – 7 pm
For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/vivo-11-thursdays-of-summer/.
Anyone can sing and with a little dedication and practice, improvement will show! Learn several steps and techniques you can take to boost your singing pipes so your voice shines. Amber Waas will be instructing this class.
Versed in genres from a capella to opera, Amber Waas has had a passion and talent for music from a young age. Amber was a member of the 2006-2007 Redefined A Capella group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also toured with the 2009 Kids From Wisconsin troupe as a singer/dancer and featured soloist. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Music specializing in Vocal Music from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh (2011), Amber accepted a role with The Walt Disney Company in Orlando, Florida. She performed in multiple productions with the Encore Cast Performing Arts as well as Candlelight Processional at Disney’s Epcot Theme Park. Since moving back to Wisconsin, Waas also appeared on the FDLCT stage as “Wednesday Addams” in the 2015 production of The Addams Family Musical and has sung the National Anthem for the Timber Rattlers as well as Country USA.
For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/set-the-stage-singing/.
TWANG is a country western band from Fond du Lac. Les Commo does vocals and the rhythm guitar. Beezer Ferguson does vocals and lead guitar. Bill Ferguson plays the bass guitar. Gary Weisner does vocals and drums. Tyler Commo does vocals and acoustic guitar. Sunny Day plays the steel guitar and fiddle.
For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/twang-11-thursdays-of-summer/.
A Mavericks concert is a veritable party! Get ready to dance!
The Mavericks were founded more than 25 years ago by Raul Malo and Paul Deakin as a standout alternative band in a Miami rock scene dominated by hair metal and punk. Improbably, they were noticed by super-producer Tony Brown in Nashville, and when they got signed to innovative MCA Records, they upended expectations in country music.
Their blend of Cuban grooves and Bakersfield-inspired twang netted them several CMA and ACM Awards plus a Grammy in 1995. They charted numerous singles and albums while earning accolades as one of the finest live bands in the business. There was some time off and re-jiggering of personnel, but they came back strong with 2013’s In Time and 2015’s Mono, albums that provided abundant material for a refreshed and unmatched stage show.
For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/the-mavericks-street-concert/.
Welcoming back to THELMA – the Milwaukee based Marcell Guyton & the Rhythm Kings are a band like no other. They have entertained throughout the Midwest for over the twenty years. Featuring several WAMI award winning musicians, they always put their audience first. Night after night the Rhythm King’s music does the talkin’.
Marcel Guyton plays the keys and vox. Lon Wall plays the drums and vox. Phil Marich plays the bass and vox. Lyonal Jemison plays the guitar and vox.
For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/marcell-guyton-the-rhythm-kings-fondue-fest-finale/.