Community Theatre says goodbye to 5th Avenue

Published On: Dec 16 2012 05:46:38 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 17 2012 07:49:13 AM CST
LA CROSSE, Wis. -

The La Crosse Community Theatre said goodbye Sunday to what's been it's home for the last several decades.

The performing group held it's final show at 118 5th Avenue N. in La Crosse. A sold out audience gathered to see "A Christmas Story."

The La Crosse Community Theater is moving into the new Performing Arts Center, which is located a few miles away along the river on Front Street.

Executive Director David Kilpatrick says the move will be a huge upgrade.

"It's such a wonderful opportunity. We've had a long history here, a lot of stories told and a lot of lives touched," said Kilpatrick.

"Yet, we're now starting a brand new chapter.....we're going to have a brand new home and I can hardly wait," he added.

Thousands of people have either performed or helped with performances at the theatre over the years, including Timothy Sprain.

As "Adult Ralph" in the latest play, he had the honor today of having the last line at the theatre.

"It's kind of a bittersweet. I met my wife on this stage so it's going to be a heartwarming and emotional show," said Sprain.

The new theater will open next month with the show Macbeth.