Waukesha Civic Theater sets the stage for a major downtown expansion

WAUKESHA – In the future of the Waukesha Civic Theatre, not all of his world will be presented on one stage.

The major expansion, recently approved by the city, will transform an adjacent former watch store into a facility that supports theater operations and expands its purpose, unveiling more school offerings as well as increasing its entertainment programs.

WCT CEO Rhonda Marie Schmidt said the face of the historic Pix Theatre, where WCT theatrical performances now take place, will remain largely unchanged, as will the exterior of the Little Swiss Clock Shop, which closed in 2019.

But Schmidt said a two-stage, $4.5 million project would completely transform the lobby area, add offices and other support areas, and create new space for more “intimate” live performances in addition to the existing grand stage.

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