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Help us Preserve the Past  & Secure the Future

Our "Preserve the past & Secure the Future" Theatre Upgrade Campaign is a fundraising initiative aimed at transforming our beloved local theater into a state-of-the-art cultural hub. With a vision to enrich Appleton West's and the community's experience, we seek to raise funds for essential renovations and technological enhancements. This campaign will enable us to revitalize the venue, improve acoustics, enhance lighting and sound systems, and create a more immersive experience for both performers and audiences. By donating to this campaign, you're not just supporting the arts; you're helping to create a space where creativity thrives, and memories are made. Join us in shaping the future of our school's and community's cultural landscape. Donate today and be a part of the magic!


Every donation will help to ensure that one of the most historic performance spaces in our community will continue to serve our students and community far into the future.
Attention West Alums! When donating online, please enter your name and class year in the recognition field during check out. Use this format: John Terror, Class of 1999.
Gifts of $1,000 or more will be included on a donor wall at Appleton West High School.
Please contact   Rebecca Whittle or Mark Mcquade  with questions about the campaign or to discuss naming opportunities.


 The Appleton West Auditorium has been a fixture in the community for the past 85 years. The school was founded in 1915 under the name Appleton Senior High School, but the current facility was constructed in 1938, and the name was changed to West High in 1967 following the construction of Appleton East High School. The Appleton West Auditorium was also home to the community theatre and community movie theater.  It continues to be a beautiful space in our community.

As the saying goes "They just don't make 'em like that anymore".

Since being built in 1938, the auditorium has had some upgrades over the past years.

1978- Remodel to include electrical/HVAC/plumbing

1996- Lighting upgrade

2000- Sound system upgrade

2005- Seating upgrade 

2023- Phase 1 of Lighting upgrade

Appleton West Auditorium is not just home to drama students. It is also home to Renaissance School for the Arts, various choirs, bands, and orchestras. Additionally, local elementary and middle school students also shine on stage here. 

It also shines the spotlight on many community activities, like dance recitals


All gifts for this campaign should be directed to the Appleton West Theatre Improvement Fund within the Appleton Education Foundation. Gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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