From bringing back that lovin' feeling with the Righteous Brothers to learning what love is all about with Michael Bolton,The Wiltsie Center in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, stirs up fond memories with a grand parade of national entertainers. Save yourself a seat at The Wiltsie for a play or a concert and go to StubHub today! StubHub carries concert tickets for all your favorite acts. Check it out!
The curtain was raised on the Alice C. Wiltsie Performing Arts Center in 2011. Situated in the historic school fondly earmarked the "Castle," the Hazleton High School was built in 1926. The school was scheduled to be razed in 1998, but Hazleton Mayor Michael Marsicano stood his ground in refusing to issue a demolition permit. For nearly a decade, community crusaders worked to restore the castle back to its original grand stature. The feat was not easily accomplished. See how The Wiltsie Center turned out. And if you're in the Hazleton area, check out Mohegan Sun Arena Casey Plaza for other concert events. And with StubHub you can be sure to see what's going on at all of them!
Two volunteer caretakers, eventually dubbed the Castle Keepers, stepped forward to maintain the building in hopes of one day turning the building into a community center. With the help of the Greater Hazleton Historical Society, the Castle Keepers campaigned for items that were bought during an auction before the scheduled demolition in hopes of returning them to their rightful home. Grassroots efforts culminated into a "Save the Castle Committee," which sparked the movement to build the Hazleton Elementary/Middle School in 2007. The pillar of the community was restored to its magnificent state. Lacking in enough funds to finish the auditorium, a new campaign had arisen. A community charge to transform the auditorium into a community arts center ensued. The late Alice Callaway Wiltsie's nephew, Allan Werst, earned the naming rights through a large donation, and a donation was also given by her son, Dr. John Wiltsie. Thus The Wiltsie Center was born. If you'd like to learn more about events at this venue, just go to StubHub!
The reconditioned auditorium features original wall sconces and ceiling lights underneath the balcony. The symbolic curtain is Hazleton blue and was tailored especially for the auditorium. From gold leaf paint to the intricate lattice work around the stage, the Wiltsie Center has proven to be a labor of love that touched the entire community. Because of the passion, support and devotion to its renovation, the entire region boasts a performing arts center to be proud of!
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