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Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

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51 Sheboygan Street

920‒921‒5410

Features

  • Group Rental Available
  • Public Meeting Rooms
  • Wi-Fi

Hours

Monday - Friday: 10am – 5pm
Thursday: 10am - 8pm
Saturday: 11am - 3pm

*Please check Visitor Information on web site home page for any changes to daily hours due to events.

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
Bar available.

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)
Classroom (30)
Art Classroom (30)
South Meeting Room (15)
East Meeting Room (8)

Upcoming Events


Fond du Lac Visual Artists Membership Exhibition

5:00 pm
Free
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

July 19 – September 1, 2018

Reception and Juror’s Talk: Friday, July 27, 5 – 7 pm

The Mission of FdLVA
Fond du Lac Visual Arts is a professional artists’ collaborative devoted to art awareness and education, the development and enhancement of artists’ skills; and to strengthening the connection between the arts and commerce in the Fond du Lac area.

Display your art at THELMA! Register now for the summer 2018 exhibit!

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/fond-du-lac-visual-artists-membership-exhibition/.


Mojoe & Flipside

7:00 pm
Free
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

MoJoe & Flipside formerly known as Otis & the Alligators is a Central Wisconsin band of talented musicians. The group, Otis & the Alligators, came about as the result of a unique jam session in 1987. Several blues artists had been jamming together regularly in Stevens Point when Otis McLennon and a few other musicians decided to get on stage one night and play four or five standard blues songs together. The group has also released several CD’s over the past two decades, and their shows today are as energizing as ever.

Otis McLennon plays the harmonica and does lead vocals. Jim Prideaux plays the guitar and does vocals. Joe Fittante plays the keyboards and does vocals. Ken Stevenson plays the bass guitar. Jonathon Hoel plays the saxophone. Tony Wagner plays the drums and percussion.

Concert at 7 pm
Bar opens at 6 pm
THELMA’s Plaza

Free admission.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/mojoe-flipside-11-thursdays-of-summer/.


Mojoe & Flipside

Bar opens at 6 pm. Concert starts at 7 pm
Free
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

MoJoe & Flipside formerly known as Otis & the Alligators is a Central Wisconsin band of talented musicians. The group, Otis & the Alligators, came about as the result of a unique jam session in 1987. Several blues artists had been jamming together regularly in Stevens Point when Otis McLennon and a few other musicians decided to get on stage one night and play four or five standard blues songs together. The group has also released several CD’s over the past two decades, and their shows today are as energizing as ever.

Otis McLennon plays the harmonica and does lead vocals. Jim Prideaux plays the guitar and does vocals. Joe Fittante plays the keyboards and does vocals. Ken Stevenson plays the bass guitar. Jonathon Hoel plays the saxophone. Tony Wagner plays the drums and percussion.

Concert at 7 pm
Bar opens at 6 pm
THELMA’s Plaza

Free admission.
*We move inside if inclement weather.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/mojoe-flipside-11-thursdays-of-summer/.


Mollie Oblinger Art Exhibit

3:00 pm
Free
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Exhibition Dates: July 19 – September 1, 2018
Exhibit Reception Date: Thursday, July 26 2018, 5 – 7 pm

Mollie Oblinger’s work explores the environment often focusing in on water issues. She will feature some new works in collaboration with writer C. Kubasta. Extracted words and lines of poetry from Kubasta’s book Of Covenants, weave their way into sculptures.

The overlooked, whether teeming underfoot or concealed by modern society, is at the center of Oblinger’s work. In the creation of beguiling landscapes, she plucks imagery from her interest in animal tunnels, cellular anatomy and vulnerabilty. Using wholly artificial and man-made materials, she forms a kind of composite environment. Shifting between the micro and the macro, Oblinger seeks to bring out the hidden.

Oblinger’s recent exhibitions include solo shows at Miami University in Ohio, MacRostie Art Center in Minnesota, and Furman University in South Carolina. She was an artist in residence at Playa in Oregon, the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary in Michigan, and in New Mexico at the Roswell Artist in Residence. Oblinger received an MFA in Studio Art from the University of California, Davis and a BFA in Sculpture from Syracuse University. She is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at Ripon College in Wisconsin.

C. Kubasta is a poet & writer whose work explores place (the Midwest), the body (our imperfect perfect flesh), and language (its slippages). She teaches writing, literature & cultural studies at Marian University. Her most recent books are Of Covenants (Whitepoint Press, 2017) and the novella Girling (Brain Mill Press, 2017).

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/mollie-oblinger/.


Set the Stage – Preparing for the Audition

1:00 pm till 3:00 pm
$12 for members an $15 for non members
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

With the right preparation, you can excel at your audition and get the part of your dreams! Nancy Irizarry-Beachy and Mackenzie Gens will be teaching this week’s class, Preparing for the Audition.

Nancy’s motto is “sing out loud and sing out strong.” Some of her past productions include: Cabaret, Chicago, Jesus Christ Superstar, Spamalot, and she played “Mama Bear” in Shrek the Musical. Most recently she was a featured soloist in the Fond du Lac Community Theatre’s (FDLCT) 60th Anniversary Broadway review. Nancy has also been in UW-Fox Valley Theater’s Dream Role show for the past four years. Nancy works as the Social Services Director at the Wisconsin Resource Center and serves as the Worship Arts Ministry Leader at Springfield Community Church in Lomira. She chaired the FDLCT’s Encore Youth Theatre Committee to help raise up a next generation of actors. Nancy and husband Larry have gone to Haiti as missionaries and Nancy loves sharing her music with the children there.

Mackenzie is a new director with FDLCT! In addition to playing “Emma Carew” in Fond du Lac High School’s Jekyll and Hyde, she has also has been in productions of Shrek the Musical, Wedding Singer, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Godspell, South Pacific, High School Musical, Dear Edwina and Charlotte’s Web. Mackenzie is currently a stay-at-home mom of two little boys (ages three and five) and is on her third year as a full-time student at Moraine Park Technical College studying Business and Legal Office Administration. In her spare time, she loves to play with her boys, cook, and go on adventures with her little family. She is also an aspiring acting coach.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/set-the-stage-preparing-for-the-audition/.


Ugly Duckling

2:00 pm
$140 for members and $175 for non members
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

The Ugly Duckling, A New Musical is coming to THELMA this Summer!

THELMA’s arts day camp – On Stage @ THELMA will feature the theatrical adventure “The Ugly Duckling.” The story tells of a homely little bird born in a barnyard who suffers abuse from the others around him until, much to his delight (and to the surprise of others), he matures into a beautiful swan, the most beautiful bird of all.

Fourth through eighth grade students will learn the lines, the music, the dances, and build the sets in this two week adventure of the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Then on the final day, students perform it twice!

(Tickets for the performances will be $5 and will be available this summer. Each student receives two complimentary tickets).

Camp Dates: July 30 – August 9 (except weekends), 9 am to 2 pm
Fee $175 ($140 for THELMA Members)

Snacks and T-Shirt included.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/on-stage-at-thelma-ugly-duckling/.


The Mavericks

7:30 pm
Free
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

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/.


Marcell Guyton & The Rhythm Kings – Fondue Fest Finale

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Free
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

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/.

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