Construction is finally under way at the Stackner Cabaret, one of three performance spaces at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater.
Hunzinger crews broke ground at the theater on May 30th. Donned in hard hats and yellow vest these seasoned thespians were ready to take their cabaret to the next act.
The Milwaukee Rep received two generous donations equaling $1 million. The donations came from former board president Vince Martin and his wife Jan and the Stackner Family Foundation. to renovate the cabaret.
“Jan and I have personally always enjoyed the Stackner shows and have felt that the Stackner fills a unique space in the very rich Milwaukee theater scene. We expect this gift will provide needed refurbishing and allow and encourage more people to share the Cabaret experience,” commented Martin.
The cabaret is located at 108 E Wells Street in downtown Milwaukee. Hunzinger was selected as Construction Manager Advisor for the renovation. Uihlein Wilson Ramlow Stein Architects designed this interior renovation that will give a total refresh to the lobby including new carpeting, new wood panel ceiling, marque lighting, lounge seating, new video screen and a new mobile bar.
The theater itself will get an increased seating capacity by 35% and better site lines as columns will be removed along with new carpeting and a fresh coat of paint and new acoustic cloud panels on the ceiling. The main bar and bathrooms are being relocated and a new permanent bar and new bathrooms will be built in addition to their commercial kitchen getting all new appliances with a new layout to provide greater comfort and convenience for the increase number of patrons.
The result of the changes are expected to increase the Stacker’s brand as a destination venue.
The project is under a tight schedule with all work being completed around Labor Day so there is no impact on theater performances.
Check out renderings of the project here.