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The American Players Theatre reaches a large fund raising goal.
The American Players Theatre reaches a large fund raising goal.

The American Players Theatre pays for its Touchstone Theatre

The American Players Theatre in Spring Green continues to excel at raising money as well as producing superb theater. The company has successfully completed the $5 million capital fund raising campaign begun in 2008 to finance the construction of the 201-seat indoor Touchstone Theatre and a 10,000-square foot production support facility.

A total of $5,070,000 was collected from 781 donors.

The Touchstone Theatre debuted in 2009, and the productions it housed for its first two seasons played to 95 percent of capacity, according to director of communications Sara Young.

Previously only an outdoor theater company with a large venue seating more than 1,100 persons, the APT added another dimension when the Touchstone opened. The new space's smaller productions offer a more intimate theatrical experience to audiences, and the Touchstone gives more professional variety and opportunities to the company's actors and directors.

The APT also announced that David Kraemer has stepped down as president of its board, a position he has held for almost 25 years. He is being replaced by Barbara Swan, the retired former executive vice president, general counsel and chief administrative officer at Alliant Energy in Madison.

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