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WILLIAM BAY —The bell will soon ring again at the Belfry Theater under the new ownership group called Transformative Arts.
The 501c3 nonprofit Christian arts organization currently is fundraising and plans a complete renovation of the theater, which they hope to open in the summer of 2016.
On Sunday, Nov. 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the curious can take a tour of the Belfry Theatre, and for a $5 donation, can ring the old bell.
It’s the same bell that called Mormons to worship in this building more than 120 years ago. In 1888, a group of 100 families built the church, but when the Mormons left this area for Illinois, a Summerstock company bought the building. The Belfry became the first Wisconsin Summerstock Theatre in 1934.
“To hear that bell ring again —it’s over a 100 years old — is so wonderful,” said Anne Conners, development director for the nonprofit group.
The theater helped further the careers of Harrison Ford, Paul Newman and Gary Burghoff (Radar O’Reilly on M*A*S*H*), a Delavan native.
Conners said they also are inviting children to make their mark in chalk on the bare walls before the reconstruction takes place.
“Right now, it is all stripped down to the walls. You can really see the bare bones of the old church,” she said. “We’re inviting the kids to write their names on the walls before they get covered up again.”
The building is listed on National Register of Historic Places.
If you go
Ring the bell at the Belfry
What: Fundraiser for Transformative Arts at the Belfry Theatre
When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 2
Where: The Belfry Theatre, 3601 Wisconsin Highway 67 at Bailey Road, Williams Bay
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