Date:   9/22/2012

Thrasher Taps British Music Theme for Annual Fundraiser

The Thrasher Opera House heads back to the 1960s for its annual gala on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 6:15 p.m. This “British Invasion” themed fundraiser will feature mostly Beatles music by a band comprising local musicians*Maria and Erik Dietrich, Mark and Melissa Edinger, Riley Icenogle, Tim Lyke, and Andy Schulz of Ripon; Christine Reeves, Berlin; Tom Winkers, Markesan; and Steve Yeomans and Randy Zieth from Green Lake. Entertainment will include Beatles hits from the early years such as "She Loves You" and "Twist and Shout," through their later albums with songs like "Hey Jude" and "Let it Be." An area of the floor will be clear for optional dancing.

The festive evening will include silent and live auctions, games and raffles, food from Green Lake's finest restaurants, and a full cash bar. Prizes will be given for best-dressed mid/late-1960s attire, such as bell-bottoms, Nehru jackets, and other retro fashions from the Carnaby Street and flower power era. (Period dress is encouraged, but not required.) Reservations can be made online at www.thrasheroperahouse.com or by calling 920-294-4279. Admission is $50 per person.

All proceeds from this annual fundraising event directly support the Thrasher Opera House and its programs. The Thrasher is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that exists to promote the arts, provide a community gathering place and to preserve the historic Thrasher Opera House. Each year the Thrasher provides 50-60 nights of diverse programming that includes music and theater performances, comedy, educational workshops for youth and adults, school plays, as well as community forums and debates. In addition, the Thrasher annually hosts two week-long residencies by the Missoula Children’s Theatre, each involving 50-60 area children, in January and in June. The Thrasher is also used for weddings, business meetings, fundraisers, movies, parties, memorial services, and other events limited only by the imagination of the public, thus continuing the opera house’s important and historic function as a community gathering place where emotions and ideas have been exchanged for 100 years. The Thrasher is thankful for the generosity of individual, business, and community support, allowing it to keep ticket prices affordable and the arts accessible. Attending the “British Invasion” gala is one way people can help ensure the next century of arts in our local area!

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