Company Arsenic and Old Lace The Great Gatsby

 2016-2017 Season

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The Masquers Celebrates 86 Seasons

Beginning in 1987 we became one of the charter Arts Partners for the newly renovated Capitol Civic Centre in downtown Manitowoc and have called this beautiful theatre our home performance venue for over 25 years.

The Masquers, Inc. has been a leader in the Manitowoc arts community since 1931. A non-profit organization, we lay claim to the title of one of Wisconsin's Oldest Community Theater Groups. Throughout our history we have produced at least two shows every season for the last 85 years. Our latest offering includes Company, Arsenic and Old Lace, and The Great Gatsby.

In 1944 The Masquers purchased the original coach house for the Rahr Mansion, now the Rahr-West Museum. The Coach House has been our home for auditions, rehearsals, costumes, set pieces and club meetings ever since. Beginning 1987 we became one of the charter Arts Partners for the newly renovated Capitol Civic Centre in downtown Manitowoc and have called this beautiful theatre our home performance venue for over 25 years.

Auditions Announced

Auditions for Arsenic and Old Lace, the second show of the Masquers 86th Season, have been announced by director Luan Leonardelli.

This show, billed as our favorite farce, will be performed February 23 - 25, 2017. Auditions are scheduled for Sunday, December 18th at 6:30 pm.

For more information click the link below.

One Down and Two to Go

The first show of the Masquers 86th season is completed.  Stephen Sondheim's Company finished its three-day run to enthusiastic audiences.

Next on our list is our favorite farce Arsenic and Old Lace.  First brought to the stage in 1941, Joseph Kesselring’s dark comedy is one of our favorite farces. Set in the home of the Brewsters, a family descended from the “Mayflower”, Abby and Martha keep house while nephew Teddy (he thinks Roosevelt) digs the Panama canal in the basement. The two spinsters have a small habit of populating the “canal” with the remains of single male roomers, which they have poisoned with homemade elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and “just a pinch” of cyanide.

Our hero, Mortimer Brewster, desperately tries to deal with his aunts and Teddy along with criminal brother Jonathan and his cohort Dr. Einstein while trying to convince himself that he is not afflicted with the malaise running rampant in his family.

Our director for this show is first-timer Luan Leonardelli.  You may have heard of Luan, she has been one of our most prolific producers over the last 10-years, and no stranger to our shows.  She is also resonsible for decorating many of our sets which have wow'd audiences recently.

Arsenic and Old Lace will be performed February 23rd through 25th at the Capitol Civic Centre, with all shows beginning at 7:30 pm.

The final show of our season, The Great Gatsby, showcases the breathtaking glamour and decadent excess of the Jazz Age from F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel, brought to life on stage by Simon Levy's adaptation, and will be performed May 11th through 13th.

To learn more about these shows visit our Season page.