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La Crosse Community Theatre buys Cass Street church to use for additional work, storage space



The First Church of Christ on Cass Street, seen here on March 17, 2024, will be used as additional space by the La Crosse Community Theatre (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

The La Crosse Community Theatre is expanding its work space, acquiring a second building a few blocks from its downtown home at the Weber Center.

LCT is buying the First Church of Christ building on Cass Street to be used mainly for storage and rehearsal space.

“It’s got a double basement, with two foundations, ” Erik Vose, the theatre’s executive director said. “That’s gonna be a great place to be able to store costumes and props, and there are multiple rooms, so it’s gonna allow us to kind of spread those out and keep those organized.”

FILE – The Weber Center, seen here in January of 2019, has been the home of the community theatre for a decade. (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

Vose added that LCT needs more space than is available at its riverfront building.

The purchase price for the church is $250,000.

The historic structure of the church will be preserved, while changes may be made inside.

Vose said while the congregation is looking for a new worship site, the church members will still be able to use the current building for now.

The LCT productions will still be staged at the Weber Center, near the Cass Street bridge. The church is about a two-minute drive from the main theatre.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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