By Tim Kowols
Its overall sustainability is the reason why Northern Sky Theater hopes to turn 40 acres in Fish Creek into a creative hub for years to come. Currently, Northern Sky Theater uses space in Ephraim, Baileys Harbor, Egg Harbor, and Fish Creek to run its operations before it ever hits the stage inside Peninsula State Park. Using the site purchased from Stella Maris Parish in 2015, Northern Sky Theater hopes to bring its set design, rehearsal space, office operations, and off-season programming under one roof. Artistic Director Jeffrey Herbst says it was in 2014 when he realized the center was needed to keep the organization sustainable, especially since Northern Sky Theater relies so much on developing its own programming.
Northern Sky Theater reached the $4.5 million milestone before entering the public phase of fundraising, which has a $6.7 million goal. Herbst says a groundbreaking date will not be set until it has raised enough money to complete the project but hopes it will open in 2019. Northern Sky Theater opens its 2017 season June 14 with three shows including the world premiere of “Oklahoma in Wisconsin.”