South Milwaukee — South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center has been voted 3rd Best Theatre in the 2016 Milwaukee A-List contest.

The 2016 Milwaukee A-List awards are based on more than 66,000 votes from local Milwaukee-area experts, who specifically rated theaters as part of a competition.

SMPAC trailed only The Pabst and the Marcus Center, which finished first and second, respectively. Skylight Theatre was fourth.

Pleased patrons

Customer reviews for SMPAC included the comments: “A great venue with fabulous events for all ages!” “Excellent and diverse touring artist performances showcased in a comfortable, friendly theatre away from the downtown crowds.” “There is not a bad seat in the house.” “Great place that does a wonderful job.”

It was an honor SMPAC officials weren't expecting but appreciate.

“It was a terrific surprise to be voted among the top theatres in the Milwaukee area," said Rachel Sorce, SMPAC's executive director. "We have many wonderful and loyal patrons, and we thank them for supporting us and posting comments about their experiences during the contest voting period.”

For a complete list, see the page on the City Voter website at milwaukee.cityvoter.com/best/theater/arts-and-entertainment/milwaukee. The Milwaukee A-List features more than 5,042 businesses competing for title of Milwaukee's best in different categories.

Center's efforts

According to Sorce, South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center provides the greater Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin communities with creative, innovative and diverse performing arts.

In addition to hosting an annual Performing Arts Series, SMPAC also serves the students of South Milwaukee and is a professionally-managed rental facility for other presenters, organizations and groups. More than 500 performances, rehearsals, classes and other events take place at SMPAC each year.

The 2016-2017 Performing Arts Series performances are tailored to include a myriad of options for patrons whether it is music, dance, theatre, or anything in between.

For more information about South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, visit southmilwaukeepac.org or find us on Facebook or on Twitter @SMPAC.

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