Help us build a theatre in Franklin!

11123 St. Martins Rd

We have our sights set on the old Herda hardware store on St. Martins Rd in Franklin. It’s the perfect property in which to build a theatre and the owner is very interested in selling to us. We need $200,000 to complete the purchase on this historic building. So far we’ve raised $35,000 in the last three months since we launched our campaign! The money raised so far has been from individual donors in the Franklin area alone, which we believe shows how much interest and enthusiasm there is for what we’re trying to do. But, the fact of the matter is, we still have a ways to go!

We’re looking for Founding Donors who want to help bring the arts to Milwaukee’s Southwest suburbs.

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the property

11123 St. Martins Rd is a historic building in Franklin, WI. In addition to the main building that will become the theatre, there is an onsite storage facility that will hold our sets, costumes and props. During the summer, we hope to produce outdoor amphitheatre-style musicals in the field next door! We also intend to partner with nearby restaurants for dinner and a show deals.

The future home of Forte Theatre Company

The future home of Forte Theatre Company

the mission

With our own venue, we’ll be able to produce full seasons of professional plays and musicals. We’ll also be able to fully expand our Theatre School - with more classes, workshops, camps and youth productions. We also intend to incorporate family movie nights, wine and painting classes, a visual arts gallery and many more arts and culture events for the community!

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The Renovation

The main floor will include a 125-150 seat theatre, a lobby and box office area and a cafe for pre-show and intermission snacks and drinks. The basement will include rehearsal/dance space, classrooms and dressing rooms. We want to bring new life to this beautiful building that has sat empty for too long!

want to help?

  1. Contact Brenda Dodge, Executive Director, to learn more or to make your pledge today! Donor incentives are available.

  2. Please spread the word about this project and our mission.

414-530-5263 / brenda@fortetheatrecompany.org

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