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Oak Creek Performing Arts and Education Center FAQs

Opening in Fall 2021, this 1,000-seat, multi-purpose, state-of-the-art facility located in Southeastern Wisconsin serves the Oak Creek Franklin School District and the surrounding communities by showcasing student performances, offering educational opportunities, providing rental options and spotlighting world-renowned entertainment.  

How do I reserve the building?  
Groups may reserve the building on a first-reserved-first-served.  A rental availability calendar can help you view the determine when the building is available for your event. 

What amenities are available? 

In addition to state-of-the-art, high-end inventory of audio, lighting, video projection and production equipment, entertainers and tours across the country, including internationally acclaimed acts, will appreciate this acoustically-sound, 1,000-seat performing arts venue with unobstructed sight-lines, perfect for every type of performance.  Easy-access parking, two green room spaces, a ground-level loading dock with direct access to the stage, a spacious lobby with two multi-purpose kiosks for concession, ticket and merchandise sales with complimentary Wi-Fi offer smart amenities for various needs.  The OCPAEC offers professional audio/lighting designers, technicians and stagehands/crew that are knowledgeable with our building and offer an impressive resume of design and technical talent to achieve any design for any type of performance. 

What unique student opportunities are available?

In addition to stage performances, students will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of unique opportunities:

  • Student Internships - Student Internships - By connecting our students with some of the most talented individuals in the music, performance, management and production industries, our students will have unique educational opportunities that can prepare them for whatever their future aspirations may be.  Students internship opportunities include production, marketing/PR and venue management, and run from October through June.  Internship applications will be available beginning May 15 and are due by September 1.  Interested students should view Opportunities for more information. 

  • Music and Mocktails- Join district performance groups and local musicians on the stage for "Music and Mocktails," a unique onstage event! Guests enjoy a performance with the performers on our stage, which has been converted into a relaxed club-like lounge atmosphere, complete with a large dance floor, lounge seating, mood lighting, mocktails and sweets! Interested groups should contact the OCPAEC director for more information. 

  • Senior Sneak Peek - community seniors enjoy a morning of coffee and sweets with friends in the lobby, and then view a brief sneak peek rehearsal offered by a district performance group.  Upcoming Senior Sneak Peek dates can be viewed on our Performance Calendar

  • "Light Up the Season" Fundraiser - Each year, student groups are invited to creatively decorate a holiday tree for the OCPAEC lobby, which will be auctioned off throughout the month of December.  Trees may be viewed one hour before all public events, and all proceeds go to the student groups for programming activities.

Will there be a Performing Arts Series?  Yes!  Plans are in the works for a 2021-22 Performing Arts Series.  Applications are now being accepted for those wishing to serve on the Oak Creek Performing Arts Advisory Committee (OCAAC).  The OCAAC is a group of community members and students that help select entertainment, fundraise, market and build community through arts programs and performances that enrich the Oak Creek Franklin School District and the surrounding communities.  Anyone wishing to serve on the OCPAAC should view Opportunities for more information.