Reopening: Weyauwega, WI – Gerold Opera House

Historic theater to re-open with movie

Group renovating Gerold opera House

Updated: Friday, 21 May 2010, 7:04 PM CDT

Published : Friday, 21 May 2010, 7:04 PM CDT

Reporter: Cameron Clark

WEYAUWEGA – It’s nestled on Main Street Weyauwega, but the historic Gerold Opera House – which opened in 1915 – had been abandoned since the mid-1990s.

That is, until Ian Teal and Kathy Fehl bought the building three years ago.

“I lived in New York for about 12 years and I grew up in Wisconsin,” Teal said. “When I moved back here I wanted to find a way to get back to theater and film.”

Teal and Fehl couple started the non-profit Wega Arts . From showcasing independent and local plays, movies and art, everything is done through donations.

That includes the general manager, who’s a volunteer.

“I’ve been in theater since I was nine years old, so this is a dream come true for anybody who’s ever been on the boards,” Wega Arts general manager Holly Martin said. “Here it was and they were actually going to open it and they were actually going to use it for the purpose it was meant for. So how could I not?”

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