Wisconsin Dells’ Palace Theater wraps up successful first year
The Tomaska brothers, Joseph and Anthony, got a taste of the Wisconsin Dells while bringing a production to the Kalahari Resort a few years ago.
The Chicago theater legends liked the area so much they decided to buy the former Broadway Dinner Theater on Wisconsin Dells Parkway, which had been sitting vacant for years.
The newly-christened Palace Theater officially opened last November, becoming the small town’s only dinner theater.
“There’s Madison and there’s Chicago in the area, but most people around here don’t get a lot of opportunities to see live theater, so I think it’s a great thing for the area,” actor Mitch Tebo said. “It’s giving people the opportunity to experience live theater, which is like no other entertainment they normally see.”
This holiday season the Palace Theater is putting on a production of “A Christmas Carol,” bringing in Chicago-based director David H. Bell, who also wrote the script.
“(The Tomaska brothers) are trying to build a first-class theater here,” Tebo said. “They’ve been fully supportive of making this a prime experiences for audiences that come.”
And come they have, with shows at the Palace bringing in crowds from all over the Midwest.
“I’ve talked to people from Minnesota, from upstate Wisconsin, people who have driven four or even six hours to come here and see the show,” Tebo said. “There’s nothing better than performing for an audience that appreciates the show and the work you put into it.”
Before “A Christmas Carol,” the first year of production was filled with Disney-inspired shows, according to Marketing Manager Helen Kilkenny, though 2016 will bring more variety–including comedy and music shows.
For more information or to purchase tickets visit dellspalace.com.