May 20, 2024

Fairmont Opera House’s Impact on Chantill Kahler Royer

by Katelyn Langwith

Fairmont Opera House's impact on Chantill Kahler-Royer

At Fairmont Opera House, we’re more than just a venue—we’re a cherished community space where memories are made, connections are forged, and the arts come to life. As we strive to uphold our mission of providing high-quality arts and entertainment, it’s voices like Chantill’s that remind us of the profound impact we have on the lives of our patrons and the broader community.

Preserving a Community Gem

Chantill’s journey with Fairmont Opera House began long before she joined our board of directors. “I have had so many positive experiences at the Opera House throughout my life,” she shares, reflecting on the countless memories made within our historic walls. From childhood performances to high school theater productions, the Opera House has been a constant presence in Chantill’s life—a beacon of creativity, connection, and community.

Building Bridges Through the Arts

What excites Chantill most about Fairmont Opera House’s work? It’s the role we play as a hub for community interaction and growth. “I love how the Opera House is a hub for people who might not otherwise interact with one another to learn and grow and make connections,” she enthuses. “My high school friend group and I felt like the Opera House was a safe space to be ourselves and be a part of a community. I loved watching my friends be a part of many plays and musicals as a kid.” Indeed, the Opera House serves as a catalyst for bringing together individuals from all walks of life, fostering meaningful connections and building a stronger, more vibrant community.

Memories Made, Lessons Learned

Chantill’s personal experiences with Fairmont Opera House span generations, from childhood performances with lifelong friends in “The Velveteen Rabbit” to attending movies like Ma and Pa Kettle, the Little Rascals, and Escape to Witch Mountain with friends and participating in high school theater productions. These memories are more than just moments in time—they’re valuable lessons in teamwork, creativity, and self-expression. “I learned so many important lessons,” Chantill reflects, “from memorizing my lines and choreography to appearing on stage in front of an audience.” 

A Call to Action

Why should others support the work of Fairmont Opera House? For Chantill, the answer is clear: “The Fairmont Opera House is an important part of the quality of life that we enjoy in Fairmont and southern Minnesota.” It’s a place where friendships are formed, where old memories are cherished, and where new experiences are embraced. “As a young adult, I got to be a part of my friends’ 1920’s themed wedding on the Opera House stage, with the reception in the Footlight Lounge. What a perfect historic venue for such a significant life event!”  By supporting Fairmont Opera House, individuals not only invest in their community’s cultural heritage but also ensure that future generations will have the opportunity to create their own cherished memories within our historic walls.

At Fairmont Opera House, our mission is more than just words on a page—it’s a commitment to preserving memories, fostering community, and enriching lives through the power of the arts. As we celebrate our past and look towards the future, let us come together to support the invaluable work of Fairmont Opera House and ensure that it remains a treasured community resource for generations to come.

How you can help!

The Fairmont Opera House needs your support to repair its roof truss system and preserve our historic facility.  We ask that you give generously to ensure that our institution remains able to provide cultural experiences for generations to come.


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