Capitol Civic Centre

Capitol Civic Centre


The Wis. Dept. of Health & Social Services is stating that large events with crowds of 250 or more are to be avoided due to the pandemic. Are events at the Capitol being postponed or cancelled? Are refunds available?
Long and Winding Road was excellent. Hope to see this band in the future.
I am so excited that the Nelson's are coming back to the Capitol Civic Centre. They were here last year and they were fantastic. They did not perform a Christmas show. Any of my friends who see this and would like to go with me, please email me. I will get more than one seat, if you do.🎸🎶🎙️


The Capitol Civic Centre, located in downtown Manitowoc, Wisconsin is a 1920's vintage vaudeville theater and movie palace which has been restored by the citizens of Manitowoc County.

The Capitol features a large, ornate auditorium with seating on the main floor, two balconies, and box seats on the side walls, and multiple bars. The theatre, restored in 1987, now serves as the Capitol Civic Centre, an 1,154-seat community performing arts center home to the annual Marquee Season and 16 resident companies. For more information, visit our website 24/7 at and follow us on Instagram at capitolciviccentre.

Mission: MISSION STATEMENT The mission of the Capitol Civic Centre is to preserve, maintain, and operate an architecturally significant, historic downtown theater to enrich the cultural and civic life for current and future generations. VISION STATEMENT By respecting legacies of the past, embracing opportunities of the present, and envisioning the changes of the future, the Capitol Civic Centre will uniquely serve and enrich the lives of Lakeshore residents and visitors. The Capitol Civic Centre: • Operates in a financially sustainable manner • Catalyzes and facilitates a variety of live arts and entertainment, cultural and educational programming, and civic activities • Anchors our extended performing arts community • Offers and maintains a unique historic destination • Contributes significantly to our community’s quality of life

Member roster « Capitol Civic Centre

Capitol Members: Your ongoing support of the Capitol Civic Centre is truly amazing! Together, we share joy for performance and the arts in our community. Through your membership, you provide stability to our annual operations, which we sincerely appreciate. Our recently updated roster is online at

[05/07/20]   Hello Time Out Sports Bar and Grill! Facebook friends; you know what great atmosphere, libations, and food that Time Out offers, but did you know that they generously provide the support to print all of the Capitol’s tickets and ticket envelopes? Every ticket for every show at the Capitol!

In addition to this meaningful support, when you redeem your ticket stub with your dining bill, Time Out donates a portion of your bill to the Capitol. Simply amazing! Be sure to call them for takeout; Sun.-Wed. 11-7 and Thurs.-Sat. 11-8.

Do you how we’re able to produce beautiful, high-quality playbills for Capitol-produced shows? Why it’s possible because of the advertisers who promote their products and services within these keepsake programs.

Thank you: Fricke Printing Service, Life’s All Here (, Baileigh Industrial, Action Realty, The Tower Company, Hamann Construction Company, Rahr-West Art Museum, Manitowoc Pharmacies, Holiday Inn Manitowoc, Bank First, David’s House of Travel, John Koss Builders, Schaus Mechanical, J. Johnson & Associates, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Shoreline Credit Union, Nash Spindler Grimstad & McCracken LLP, Lakeshore Accounting, “Follow the Money,” Central Bark, Roorbach’s Flower Shop & Greenhouse, Luisier Plumbing, Century 21 Aspire Group, Jean Wolfmeyer School of Dance, Kaleidoscope Dance Studio, Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra, Lakeshore Wind Ensemble & Lakeshore Big Band, Manitowoc Visitor & Convention Bureau, Peter Quince Performing Company, MantyDance, Downtown Dance Company, The Masquers, Treehouse Theater, Northside Self Storage, Associated Bank, Ihlenfeld Skatrud & Anderson, Jim Reif Builders, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, Maritime Ford, Just Orthodontics, Brennan Seehafer Productions, Salutz & Salutz LLP, and (last but certainly not least) Fricke Printing Service.

A big list, for sure; businesses and organizations providing big impact on the arts community!

The stage is dark except for the single “ghost light” center stage. Ghost lights are a tradition in the theatre. Some say the ghost light is merely a safety device; after all, a completely dark theatre is a tricky environment. Some have a more ethereal definition of “ghost light,” stating it is literally for the ghosts. It does look rather eerie and mystical, doesn’t it? Regardless of why it’s here, it is a pretty cool image.

An even more impressive image, one we will have to wait a while to see again, is that of a show in performance on this beautiful, historic stage, bright lights blazing and an audience –our patrons, neighbors, and friends – having a wonderful time.

Here’s to that day, to the wonderful times to come. And here’s to all of you, the reason for Capitol Civic Centre’s existence. As you are in our thoughts, may the Capitol always be in yours.

Thank you and best wishes! – Matthew Schliesman, Executive Director.

The Capitol’s Student Adventure Series, which provides the opportunity for students throughout Manitowoc County to experience the joy of live entertainment, is made possible from a grant from the Ruth St. John and John Dunham West Foundation, Inc. Thank you for your long-standing, prodigious support of the Capitol Civic Centre!

A message from The Masquers:

This week, we would have been putting the final touches on our production of The Foreigner at the Capitol Civic Center! While we cannot be with you at the theatre right now, we are fortunate that new dates for this production have been acquired! We cannot wait to share The Foreigner, directed by Claran LaViolette with the Lakeshore at the CCC JULY 16th, 17th, and 18th 2020!

Stay posted for some exciting news on our next season coming soon!

[05/04/20]   How do we present amazing talent like Lily Tomlin, Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, Phil Vassar, Charlie Berens, and Vic Ferrari Symphony on the Rocks (just to name a few)? We rely tremendously on our extraordinarily generous sponsors and underwriters!

Our sincere appreciation goes to Baileigh Industrial, Holiday Inn Manitowoc, Bank First, Fricke Printing Service, Investors Community Bank, Jane & Arthur Stangel Fund, Holy Family Memorial, Lakeside Foods, Seehafer Broadcasting, NextEra Energy Point Beach Nuclear Plant, Ansay & Associates, Festival Foods, Manitowoc Noon Rotary, and The Tower Company; our 2019-20 season sponsors.

In addition to our season sponsors, we are so grateful for the additional support of season performance underwriters!
They are: Hamann Construction Company, Action Realty, American Family Insurance Lundberg & Associates, Y100, Formrite, Satori’s Auto, Seehafer News, Triangle Distributing, The Fat Seagull, Schmitz Amusements, and David’s House of Travel. Thank you!

[05/03/20]   Who are the guys with the headsets? The ones who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure that every performance at the Capitol is simply, the best? It's our stage crew and we’ve been blessed with the most amazing folks on crew throughout the years! Thank you.

Here’s a shout-out to our current staff; the ones who advance shows, design the lighting, and set the sound. The ones behind the console, who make everyone look and sound the very best on stage. The ones who wear black and headsets so fashionably. Props to Technical Director Derek Frenz and Assistant Technical Director Matt Reindl! And, thanks to all of the technical crew who have provided their time and talent over the years. You all rock!

Wondering who the folks are who help ensure that everyone at a Capitol show has a safe experience? Why it’s our crack SHOW SECURITY TEAM — Norb Braun, Sabrina Hoffman, Ken Petersen, Mary Petersen, Ken Peterson, Patty Peterson, Jerry Stodola, Jeff Thompson, and Rick Vogt.

It’s official, we’ve made it to the final acknowledgement of our outstanding ushers! We sincerely thank all of the individuals listed over the past few posts for their time and devotion.

Thanks USHERING TEAM (part 4 of 4) — Mary Shulander, Patrick Simono, Ed Skarivoda, Jeanette Smith, Darla Sonntag, Robert Sonntag, Norette St. Pierre, Nancy Staudinger, Jan Steber,�Jim Steber, Marge Stegmann, Karen Stockinger, Jeanne Suess,�Jo Marie Swanson, Janie Swoboda, Linda Tebo, Paul Tebo, Carol Thomas, Joanne Tollefson, Mary Jo Vertz, Don Vogt, Janet Vogt, Norb Vogt, Sharon Vogt, Kathi Vraney, Jim Welsch, Pam Welsch, Alice Weyenberg, Margie Willman, Kim Wimmer, and Judy Zlatohlavek.

And, to everyone who’s currently not on the roster, but has ushered throughout the years, we thank you!

It’s part 3 of 4 of our appreciation to our phenomenal ushers; the list will be complete with our next post.

Thanks USHERING TEAM (part 3 of 4) — Christie Mayer, Mike McGlin, Alene Meidl, Jan Mettlemann, Roger Mettlemann, Glen Miller, Sandy Muench, Pat Olson, Sharon Peserik-De Smidt, Jelaine Peterson, Cheryl Phillips, Virginia Podrabsky, Janice Post, Janet Menton-Proffitt, Sherry Rameker, Emmy Rebitz, Nancy Remaker, Marie Richards, Barbara Ruffell, Nancy Schaefer, Joan Schmid, Paul Schmid, Sherri Schmidt, Sue Schmitz, Diana Schroeder, Jean Schuette, Sue Shea, Deb Sheridan, Gerry Shimek…

Here’s part 2 of 4 of our shout out to our amazing ushers (the list will continue in our next post so visit again).

A standing ovation for our USHERING TEAM (part 2 of 4) — Joan Fessler, Diane Foley, Kurt Foley, Wayne Franz, Beverly Gilbertson, Ron Gorecki, Ruth Griffe, Barb Hall, Julie Hall, Ruth Heili-Hackl, Dennis Hardy, Geri Heusterberg, Doug Hoffman, Jean Hoffman, Cheryl Hubbart, Diane Jalowiec, Marge Jehle, Constance Johnson, Mary Beth Karbon, Deb Keil, Piper Kelley, Rita Klein, Jade Kimbro, Scarlett Kimbro, Darlene Kerber, Nancy Kleppe, Linda Konop, Sue Kuehn, Laurie Langley, Frances Ledet, Diane Lesperance, Susan Luebke, Rhonda Lonzo, Eleanor Matchula, Paul Matchula, Ellie Matczynski, Greg Matczynski…

We’d be lost without our amazing ushers. They’re quite a team and It’s quite a list! Look for subsequent waves in the next few posts.

Hello and thanks to our USHERING TEAM (part 1 of 4) — Diane Albright, Carole Anhalt, Tom Bartelme, Christine Baumann, Noris Baumann, Geri Berkovitz, Sue Bohlin, Janice Borgwardt, Lois Brandl, Lucy Brey, Conrad Carlton, Pat Cavanaugh, Diane Cisler, Jim Clark, Caroline Curtis, David Dahleen, Julie Dahleen, Dave DeVore, Erin DeVore, Sonja DeVore, Pat DeWitt, Pat Dirkman, Karen Disch, Nan Disch, Jan Donatell, Nancy Duckart, Carol Durocher, Joan Dvorak, John Dvorak, Barbara Dworak, Mary Empey, Gene Erdman, Ken Evers, Marilyn Evers…

Our House Managers — the lead volunteers at every event held at the Capitol — are simple amazing. We rely on them to help assure smooth show operations and they deliver, show-after-show, night-after-night, season-after-season!

Join us in our shout out to our stellar HOUSE MANAGERS — Sonja DeVore, Roger Mettlemann, and. Alice Weyenberg. Thanks to our head of house pros!

And, we’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge the many years of service provided by Ed and JoAnn Skarivoda.

Hello Capitol AD HOC COMMITTEES’ MEMBERS — Julia Angst (Programming Committee, Act Two Campaign Co-Chair), Joe DiRaimondo (Finance Committee, past Board President, “It’s A Capital Idea” Campaign Co-chair), Gene Maloney (Facilities Committee), Craig Pauly (Facilities Committee and the first President of the Capitol Board of Directors), John L. “Jack” Sadowski (Finance Committee, Foundation Board Secretary, past Board President), Ann Salutz (Programming Committee, Act Two Campaign Co-chair), and John Stern (Facilities Committee, past Board President, Act Two Campaign Projects Manager).

Your support is meaningful to the Capitol’s short- and long-term planning and operations. We sincerely appreciate your long-standing involvement and commitment to the Capitol.

Hey, bartender; make ours a double; a double shot of appreciation, that is!

Probst to our BARTENDING TEAM — Sue Bohlin, Pat DeWitt, Anne Dirkman, Mary Empey, Dennis Hardy, Marge Jehle, Constance Johnson, Doretta “Cooki” Klein, Laurie Kratz, Laurie Lambries, Pam Larson, Laird Post, Ken Schuh, Keith Shaw, Paula Snyder, Paula Trestik, Andy Wimmer, Kim Wimmer, Mary Jo Zellner, Michele Zinkel, and Tim Zinkel.

And, a shout-out to Operations Supervisor, Shelly Keil, as well.

Foundation « Capitol Civic Centre

Greetings to the Capitol’s FOUNDATION BOARD — Mark Klaiber (President), Julia Angst (Vice President), Jack Cashman (Treasurer), John L. “Jack” Sadowski (Secretary), Tom Angst, Candice Giesen, Craig Pauly, Ann Salutz, and Matthew Schliesman. They provide the guidance and leadership to ensure the long-term financial stability of the Capitol Civic Centre.

We sincerely appreciate your vision, wisdom, and support! To learn more about the Capitol Foundation, please visit That the Lakeshore-area community has saved, and three times renovated, the beautiful Capitol Civic Centre, our premier performance venue, is, truly, remarkable. There are many ways to support the Capitol and ensure its lasting benefit to our community. One of these is by establishing a Capitol lega...

Today’s shout out is a tidal wave, grand stadium in size wave to our amazing CONCIERGE — Tom Drill! Tom has been stationed at the door, greeting patrons as only he can. A show at the Capitol is made complete by his presence and our fondness and appreciation for Tom is as boundless as his love and enthusiasm for the Capitol and for the entire community. Thank you, Mr. Manitowoc, the one and only [drum roll please]... Tom Drill!

Today's Capitol Wave...

When you call or visit the Box Office, you’re likely to chat with one of our stellar BOX OFFICE TEAM — Carol Jebavy, Doretta “Cooki” Klein, Janice Kohlbeck, Paul Marquardt, Don Vogt, Norb Vogt, and Michele Zinkel. They provide an amazing customer experience and fantastic support to our Box Office Staff, Melyssa Behnke, Jean Huempfner, Sharon Enos, and Carlye Burk.

And, if you’ve called the Administrative Offices on Thursdays, you’ve had the opportunity to speak with Mary Schuh, always a bright part of any Thursday, who covers the phones when Fran Nelson, Administrative Assistant is out of the office. Thanks office team!

Since we can't be together right now, today we’re waving to the Capitol Civic Centre Board of Directors. They generously share their expertise and wisdom, give freely of their time, and provide invaluable support to the Capitol.

Hello and thank you: Tom Angst (President and Act Two Campaign Co-Chair), Peggy W. Pitz (Vice President and Act Two Campaign Associate Administrator), Patty Huettl (Treasurer), Christine D. Kornely (Secretary), Dean Dvorak (Facilities Chair), Mark Holzman, John Jagemann, Mark Klaiber (Capitol Foundation Board Chair), Mark C. Maurer, Scott McMeans, Brett Norell, John Rusiniak, Tim Salutz (Act Two Campaign Co-Chair), Brennan Seehafer (Act Two Campaign Co-Chair), and Stacey Soeldner.

"Our hearts were ringing
In the key that our souls were singing
As we danced in the night
Remember how the stars stole the night away

Hey hey hey
Ba de ya, say do you remember
Ba de ya, dancing in September
Ba de ya, never was a cloudy day..."


Ticket holders: Hold onto those tickets and redeem them at the show. If you'd like to join us, visit and select "Buy Tickets."

An important announcement from our friends at the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra. We look forward to their 2020-21 season, starting in the fall. And we extend warm wishes to everyone in the MSO family.

MSO has made the difficult decision to cancel our final concert, as well as two important fundraisers. Things are challenging for everyone right now but we are looking forward to seeing you next season. The Symphony is here to stay and will continue to make music with your support! Read more at

Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Manitowoc bands will no longer be affiliated with university

This is big news for our performing arts community. We extend hearty best wishes to everyone in the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble Association and both performance ensembles. We are proud that the Capitol Civic Centre is their performance home. MANTOWOC, Wis. (WFRV) The Lakeshore Wind Ensemble and Lakeshore Big Band will become fully private starting in June. According to an announcement made Monday in a press release from the University …

WPN: The Show Will Go On

The show will go on. Please enjoy this video, prepared by the Wisconsin Presenters Network.

Did you know you can help the Capitol, while you shop on Amazon? Amazon Smile is the same Amazon you know and love… same products, same prices, same service.

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Capitol Civic Centre. It’s super-easy; simply go to, enter Capitol Civic Centre, choose either operations or the Capitol Foundation, then shop. Every time you visit and shop, you’re helping the Capitol, and we appreciate the help.

John Prine on Austin City Limits "When I Get to Heaven"

We had the pleasure to meet John Prine when he played the Capitol 10 years ago. Truly, a sweet man and what a talent! Gone too soon.

John Prine performs "When I get to Heaven" during his recent return to Austin City Limits. John Prine's episode premieres October 13, 2018 on PBS. To check y...

Our sincere thanks to all who are helping those "safe at home."

Thank you to all of the healthcare professionals, grocery and convenience store workers, personnel staffing restaurants for pickup and delivery, local news media, mail and delivery carriers, and everyone who is working to make a difference in our communities.

We'll be together again. Until then, be well.

[04/02/20]   Let's Play 20 Questions Capitol Style!
We would love to hear your connection with the Capitol Civic Centre, and learn some fun info about our Capitol friends, performers, and audience members. Just copy and paste the statement and questions below into your post and share your answers with your friends!

Hi, I’m ___________________________ and this is my #CapitolConnection. Let's Play 20 questions Capitol Style!
Just Copy and paste into a new post and add your own answers! If you are feeling really brave, post a video of yourself answering these questions or sharing a video or photo that shows your #CapitolConnection! Be sure to tag the Capitol Civic Centre and have fun! Let’s Go!

1. What is your connection to the Capitol?
2. What is your earliest memory of performing?
3. Earliest memory of performing or attending a show at the Capitol?
4. Fondest memory of performing or attending a show at the Capitol?
5. As a child, did you ever think you’d be “on stage” someday?
6. What was your favorite school subject?
7. Who was your favorite teacher?
8. Who was your childhood best friend(s)?
9. Are any members of your family performers?
10. Who is your muse/mentor/idol?
11.Who would you love to see perform at the Capitol?
12. Who would you most like to perform with at the Capitol?
13. What was your favorite performance at the Capitol?
14. Who is the most famous celebrity you’ve met?
15. What celebrity would you love to meet?
16. Who would you love to play in a movie?
17. Who would play you in a movie?
18. What's your favorite movie/show?
19. What's your favorite song?
20. Besides performing and attending shows, what’s your favorite activity?

Our Story

The Capitol Civic Centre in downtown Manitowoc, Wis., features a large, ornate auditorium with seating on the main floor, mezzanine, balcony, and box seats. Multiple bars, expanded lobbies, and restroom suites on two levels enhance the experience. The theatre, restored in 1987 and renovated in 2012 and 2019 is a 1,003-seat community performing arts center and home to the annual Marquee Season and 14 resident companies. For more information, visit our website: and follow us on Instagram at capitolciviccentre.

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Mutts Gone Nuts!
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913 S 8th St
Manitowoc, WI

General information

This classic 1921 performance and movie venue was saved and restored by the community in 1987, reopening as a nonprofit performing arts center. Additional renovations and improvements were completed during the summer of 2013, as part of a $1.2 million building campaign. The Capitol is home to fourteen locally-based performing arts organizations and produces a premium MARQUEE SERIES of notable world-class performers and shows. Call the BOX OFFICE at 920-683-2184 or visit for more information.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:30
Thursday 09:00 - 16:30
Friday 09:00 - 16:30
Saturday 10:00 - 13:00
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