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The Masquers, Inc. At Spuntikfest!

As Masquers we have always been supportive of our neighbor to the South, the Rahr West Art Museum. One of the ways we do this is by participating in the wacky, annual Sputnikfest celebration, scheduled this year for September 9.

Come and see Masquers members in the re-enactment of “what really happened” when a piece of the Russian Sputnik IV satellite landed on north 8th street, just east of the Rahr West. This will happen at 4:00 PM under the big tent on Park street.

Come and see Masquers members put on a variety show, exhibiting their talents in the areas of song, dance, and play acting. This will happen at 3:00 PM on the stage across the street from the Masquers coach house, just east of 8th street in the St. Francis parking lot.

Come and support one of the oldest and most prestigious theater groups in the state of Wisconsin by getting a tang or rootbeer float at the Masquers “Floatation Station” or by bidding on a wide variety of silent auction items in the “Auction Tent.” Both will be open from noon until 6:00 PM on Saturday in front of the Masquers coach house on the Masquers property.

Mark your calendar … Saturday, September 9, 2017 … Be There!
            -Bruce Bitter, Fundraising Co-Chair 2017-2018

Wait Until Dark Auditions Announced!

The Masquers, Inc. Community Theater Company, is excited to announce open auditions for the opening production of our 87th season, Wait Until Dark.

Susy Hendrix is a blind Greenwich Village housewife who becomes the target of three con-men searching for the “treasure” hidden in a doll, which her husband Sam unwittingly transported from Canada as a favor to a woman who has since been murdered. "Roat" leads his companions into thinking that they are going to be rich and will get the “treasure” soon enough, but in the end he adds to the murder toll. Who will be his victims? His partners? Susy? Suzy’s husband? You will find the answer amid heart-pounding thrills and spell-binding suspense.

We are looking for male and female actors to fill the following roles: Sam Hentrix (male 25-30s), Susy Hendrix (female 20-30), MikeTalman (male 25-40), Sgt. Carlino (male 30-50), Harry Roat (male 30-50), Gloria (female 9 or can play 9), 2 policemen (male any age). Auditions will be held at The Masquers Coach House 616 North 8th Street, Manitowoc, on Monday, September 25, from 7:00-9:30 PM with call backs the following night, Tuesday, September 26, from 7:00-9:30 PM.

All participants should come prepared to deliver a one minute monologue from any existing play. In addition they should bring a completed audition form; a headshot; and a list of rehearsal scheduling conflicts.  Audition forms are available on line at  Please arrive early, be ready to start on time, and plan to stay for the entire audition session.

The rehearsal schedule will begin on Monday, October 2, and will run Monday through Thursday until production dates.  Wait Until Dark will be performed November 9, 10, & 11, 2017 at the Capitol Civic Centre in Manitowoc, WI. If you have any questions, or are unable to attend the scheduled audition time, please contact the Director Lisa Heili at (920)973-2013.

Wait Until Dark Director Announced!

The Masquers, Inc. Community Theater Company, is excited to announce that local director Lisa Heili has been selected to direct our season opening show Wait Until Dark by Frederick Knott!

Lisa  has appeared with The Masquers in many different capacities both on and off stage as an actress, set painter, stage manager and director. This show marks Lisa's fourth directing venture with us as she has previously directed The Sound of Music, Shrek: The Musical, and The Great Gatsby.

In addition to her theatrical work with us, Lisa has worn just as many hats for the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc theatre department and Manitowoc's local youth theatre company Treehouse Theater.

The Masquers is very excited to see the unique vision Lisa will bring to our 87th season inaugual show!

Wait Until Dark will open November 9th, 10th and 11th 2018 at the Capitol Civic Centre in historic downtown Manitowoc. Information on auditions and rehearsals for this show will be announced shortly!

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