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Peninsula Players Theater

Peninsula Players Theatre, in operation for more than 70 years, is one of the nation’s oldest continuously operated outdoor venues. The original structures, built in 1937, were outdated and structurally unsound, severely limiting productions. Boldt was engaged as the construction manager for a redevelopment of the 15-acre venue. This included constructing a new theatre (stage house), a scene shop to construct scenery, audience pavilion and concessions stand. The new stage is significantly larger, with a wider view, and a 65-foot fly tower and wide wings to accommodate larger set changes.

Although the venue had no trouble filling the theater with guests, the previous 550 folding directors’ chairs were uncomfortable. The 621 new fixed upholstered seats feature elevated back rows for improved comfort and viewing. The theater also features several innovative design concepts, such as heated floors to enhance the experience on chillier days during the end of the season and a roof covered in vegetation to reduce runoff and noise during performances.

Client
Peninsula Players Theater
Location
Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Architect/Engineer
Holabird & Root
Boldt Role
Construction Manager
Project Type
New Construction

Project Highlights

  • Part of the acoustic design for the main theater includes a vegetative green roof over the main theater.
  • The new stage is bigger, with a wider view, and has a 65-foot fly tower and wide wings to accommodate bigger set changes. Large wood shutters that retract into the sidewalls give an open-air experience during the performance.