LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – The curtain lifted on the Weber Center for the Performing Arts Saturday night.
The public was welcomed in on a red carpet. Doors to the main theatre opened after a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Sally Cremer, founder of the La Crosse Community Theatre, and Sister Mary Leon, founder of Viterbo University's Fine Arts Center, had the giant scissors in hand.
The Weber Center will also serve as a performance and learning center for Viterbo University.
A gala performance followed, featuring talent from the Community Theatre and Viterbo University.
They performed to a packed house; guests filled all of the 450 seats in the theater.
"We've been working on the construction and the design for two years and here it is, the culmination. We get to celebrate it and now we put it to work," said Weber Center's Executive Director David Kilpatrick. "It was one of those evenings last night, (the Gala cast was) rehearsing and I was like, 'Yes, that's right. We have a theatre where we do theater. It's not just about the building.'"
The public is also invited to an open-house from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow to gain a behind-the-scenes look at the Weber Center.
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