Thrasher Opera House – by Roby Irvin, the Executive Director of the Thrasher Opera House

Built in 1910, the Thrasher Opera House served as a community center and venue for the performing arts for three decades, until its conversion into a warehouse during World War II. After the war, the building fell silent and slowly descended into disrepair. In 1994, local real estate broker Ron Hagstrom stepped in and immediately set to work turning back the building’s internal clock. By 1997, his restoration was complete, and in 1998 Thrasher started to host its own events once again. Today, Thrasher Opera House continues to delight residents and visitors alike. Its untiring commitment to showcasing top-flight talent in a small, intimate performance space has cemented its position as one of the most important cultural institutions in the area. I feel the presence of performance arts in a small rural community such as Green Lake gives the area a sense of enlightenment and pride that can only be achieved in a venue like the historic Thrasher Opera House. The intimacy and friendly atmosphere of this historic treasure is the backdrop for creating memories that can last a lifetime. With first-class artists gracing the stage up to 50 times a year, there is never a shortage of variety from which to choose. And the expansion of the new bar/lounge area just adds another level to the patron’s overall experience. No visit to Green Lake would be complete without a visit to the Thrasher. Although Thrasher has been a fixture in Green Lake since 1910, it’s only been in the last 16 years that people have rediscovered the impact that live performance can bring to a community.