South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center
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FUNdraiser for the performing arts! March 24 featuring the Tom Sorce Group

South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center Presents Tom Sorce Group with Special Guests Janet Planet and Warren Wiegratz at South Milwaukee Knights of Columbus (732 Bader Ave.) Saturday, March 24, 7:00 p.m.

By - Feb 19th, 2018 10:26 am

(South Milwaukee, WI)- The South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center (SMPAC) announces its 11th annual fundraiser, Soirée: A Party for a Purpose, on Saturday, March 24 at 7 pm. The South Milwaukee Performing Arts Council is hosting the event, which is sponsored by Classic Cargo International. “The word Soirée literally means a party for a purpose,” says Cyndi Kieck, president of the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Council. “Our purpose is to bring people together in celebration of the arts and raise the funds necessary to provide programming that makes a positive impact in education, recreation and the vibrancy of our community.”

The Soirée will feature live musical entertainment from Tom Sorce Group with special guests Janet Planet and Warren Wiegratz, live and silent auctions featuring Wisconsin trip packages, Milwaukee-area arts and entertainment destinations, artwork, a wine pull, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. This year’s venue is the South Milwaukee Knights of Columbus located at 732 Badger Avenue in South Milwaukee. Festivities will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $75/pair and $40 for a single and may be purchased at or at the door. Reservations are recommended. All proceeds support South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center’s mission of providing affordable creative, innovative and diverse performing arts and lifelong learning opportunities to people of all ages.

Last year, funds raised by Soiree attendees helped more than 1,000 students participate in residencies, workshops or our growing Summer Youth Theatre Program. Funds also helped support the rental of wireless microphones for our high school In the Heights musical cast.

“Performing arts have the power to educate, inspire, lift spirits and even change lives. We see these things happening for people of all ages at SMPAC, and it’s why the performing arts play a vital role in the community.” says Rachel Sorce, SMPAC’s Executive Director. Most not-for-profit arts organizations like South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center rely on charitable contributions for a substantial portion of their programming or operations.


South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center (SMPAC) provides the greater Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin communities with creative, innovative and diverse performing arts.  In addition to hosting an annual Performing Arts Series, SMPAC also serves the students of South Milwaukee and is a professionally-managed rental facility for presenters, organizations and groups. More than 500 performances, rehearsals, classes and other events take place at SMPAC annually. SMPAC was named the tri-city South Shore Chamber of Commerce “Business of the Year.” SMPAC was also voted one of the Top 5 Best Theatres in the Milwaukee A-List Contest in 2017 and 2016, with customer reviews such as “A great venue with fabulous events for all ages!” “Excellent and diverse touring artist performances showcased in a comfortable, friendly theatre away from the downtown crowds.” “There is not a bad seat in the house.”

The annual SMPAC Performing Arts Series is sponsored in part by the Avalon Theatre, Classic Cargo International Inc., Courtyard Marriott Milwaukee Airport, Sheridan House & Café, Skyline Catering & Express Deli, TASC Services LLC., and Ken Cook Co. Performances are supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of WI and the National Endowment for the Arts.

SMPAC is located inside of the South Milwaukee School District 6-12 campus, at 901 15th Avenue in South Milwaukee between College and Rawson Avenues.  It is easily accessible from I-94 and 794. Free parking is located in the northwest parking lot.  Patrons should enter door #9. For tickets or directions, call 414-766-5049.  For more information, visit

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