Culture Club: Twenty-Five Seasons at Door Community Auditorium

by Cari Lewis, executive director

In 1991, after years of planning, researching, gathering feedback, fundraising, and overcoming challenges and setbacks, Door Community Auditorium (DCA) opened its doors and a home for Door County’s cultural, educational, and social needs was shepherded from a vision to reality.

The monumental effort was completely funded by private donations from more than 1,200 individuals, businesses and organizations whose names are painted on the auditorium’s lobby walls. The lead donors insisted on an alphabetical donor listing, rather than by dollar amount, a permanent reminder that DCA is an inclusive space for the entire community.

This season, Door Community Auditorium commemorates its Silver Anniversary and celebrates 25 years of generous community support and inspiring performances. We invite you to take a stroll down memory lane with us by reviewing performance highlights from DCA’s first quarter of a century. And, if you have been a frequent flyer at DCA or have a great DCA story, we invite you to enter our 25th anniversary contest for a pair of season tickets.

Door Community Auditorium Main Stage Highlights 1991-2016


The Nylons

Liz Story

Pamiro Opera Company

The Kingston Trio

Rhythm in Shoes

The Children’s Theatre Company



Turtle Island String Quartet

The Ink Spots

Clarence Darrow

Riders in the Sky

Theatre Grottesco

The Chenille Sisters

Glenn Miller Orchestra

Second City National Touring Company



Tom Chapin

Tommy Dorsey Orchestra

Ko-Thi Dance Company

Trinity Dance Company

White Heron Chorale

A Door County Christmas Carol



Ballet Folklorico

Pam Tillis

Tom Paxton

Taj Mahal

Paula Poundstone

Bill T. Jones with Arnie Zane Dance Co.

Big Top Chautauqua

Nutcracker – Chicago Festival Ballet



Carlos Nakai

Leo Kottke

Trinity Irish Dance

Nnenna Freelon

Richie Havens

The Parsons Dance Company

The Platters



The Tamburitzans

Taylor II

Patty Larkin

Doc Watson

Johnny Cash and the Carter family

Myron Floren

Iris Dement and Tish Hinojosa

Glenn Yarbrough



Connie Dover

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Greg Brown

Victor Borge

Harry Belefonte

Rosanne Cash

John Prine

Leon Redbone

The Smothers Brothers



Prague Philharmonic Children’s Choir

Rosemary Clooney

Bruce Cockburn

Rita Coolidge with Walela

Del McCoury Band & John Hartford

Ray Charles

Alison Krauss and Union Station

Neville Brothers



Bobby McFerrin

Gordon Lightfoot

Luma Theatre of Light


Ricky Skaggs

River North Dance Company

Martha Graham Dance Company

The Four Freshmen

Kathy Mattea



Willie Nelson

Debbie Reynolds

Karla Bonoff

Pilobolus Dance

Parsons Dance

Asleep at the Wheel

The Lettermen



Canadian Brass

Ricky Skaggs

Gaelic Storm

Loretta Lynn

Koko Taylor

EmmyLou Harris

Natalie MacMaster

Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company



Don Williams

Livingston Taylor


Bob Newhart

Garrison Keillor

George Winston

Doc Heide & Eric Lewis

US Air Force Jazz Band



David Sanborn

Bo Diddley

Neil Sedaka

Tim Conway

Charley Pride

Branford Marsalis

Dallas Black Dance Theater

Jim Brickman

The Christmas Schooner



Delbert McClinton

Natalie McMaster

Michael Martin Murphy

T.S. Monk

Peter Cincotti

Melissa Manchester

Patty Loveless

Fabulous Thunderbirds



Chuck Mangione

Earl Scruggs

Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra

Paul Taylor Dance Company

Cherish the Ladies

Bellamy Brothers

BeauSoleil & Michael Doucet



Chubby Checker

Hubbard Street Dance

Golden Dragon Acrobats


Rosanne Cash

Pam Tillis



Red Feather Woman

Peking Acrobats

Smothers Brothers

Bill Haley’s Comets

American Bandstand

Mary Wilson



Bill Anderson

Michael Feldman

Capitol Steps

Bobby Vinton

Marshall Tucker Band

3 Redneck Tenors

Lorrie Morgan



Pure Prairie League

Bobby Vee & The Vees

Suzanne Vega

Paula Poundstone

Ed Asner as FDR

Nanci Griffith




Different Drums of Ireland

Rich Little

Julian Hagen

Joan Baez

Los Lobos



Under the Streetlamp

Jeff Tweedy

Indigo Girls

Rickie Lee Jones

Dailey & Vincent

All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

African Children’s Choir



Buckets of Rain

Brandi Carlile & The Lumineers


Billy Collins

Keb’ Mo’

Ruthie Foster



Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Carolina Chocolate Drops

The Time Jumpers with Vince Gill

Shovels & Rope

Steve Earle & John Hiatt

Indigo Girls



Don McLean & Judy Collins

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Ira Glass

The Oak Ridge Boys

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Jason Isbell

Ziggy Marley

Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Lakota Sioux Indian Dance Theatre



Mavis Staples

Josh Turner

Melissa Etheridge

The Charlie Daniels Band

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band

The Wailin’ Jennys

The Wood Brothers



Three Dog Night

Ben Folds

Sarah Jarosz & The Brother Brothers

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Bela Fleck & Chris Thile

Jake Shimabukuro

Jim Belushi & The Chicago Board of Comedy

More 2016 Main Stage Shows to Come!


This is quite an impressive list, especially for a 740-seat venue in a village with a year-round population of 997!

If you are interested in making more memories at DCA, enter our 25th Anniversary Ticket Giveaway. One pair of 2017 DCA Section A season tickets will be awarded to the contestants with the most DCA shows attended and the most compelling DCA memory.

To enter, circle the shows you have attended and list any additional DCA events that come to mind. Given space constraints, only season highlights appear above. Repeat performances, school and community partner events are not listed. A complete listing of DCA Mainstage shows can be found at

Or, in 800 words or less, recount your favorite DCA memory.

Submit your name, contact info and entry to [email protected] or PO Box 397, Fish Creek, WI 54212.

Thanks for the memories!


Peninsula Arts and Humanities Alliance, Inc., which contributes Culture Club throughout the summer season, is a coalition of nonprofit organizations whose purpose is to enhance, promote and advocate the arts, humanities and natural sciences in Door County.

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