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Open Auditions

The Masquers, Inc. Community Theater Company, is excited to announce open auditions for the second production of our 90th season, THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES created by Roger Bean.

Clue This smash Off-Broadway hit takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom, where we meet Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy: four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives and loves, the girls serenade us with classic ‘50s hits including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” and “Lipstick on Your Collar.” In Act II, the Wonderettes reunite to take the stage and perform at their ten-year reunion. We learn about the highs and lows the girls have experienced in the past decade and are charmed to find that no matter what life throws their way, they will conquer it together. Featuring over 30 classic ’50s and ’60s hits, The Marvelous Wonderettes will keep you smiling in this must-take musical trip down memory lane!

Auditions will be held at The Masquers Coach House 616 North 8th Street, Manitowoc, on Saturday, December 19th from noon to 3:00 pm. We are looking for 8 adult women (mid 20s +) to play 4 characters at age 18 and 28. Facemasks are required, and social distancing will be observed.

All participants should arrive at promptly by noon with completed audition form and be prepared to stay for the entire session. Prepare 32 bars of music in the style of the show with your own accompaniment: either a prepared track or sheet music. (Bluetooth and auxiliary cord capabilities will be available.) Dress comfortably to dance and wear/bring heeled shoes. (Audition forms and character descriptions are available by clicking the links below)

Rehearsals will begin in January and will run through the March production dates. Performance dates are March 5, 6, 7, and 12, 13, 14, 2021.

Questions and/or special arrangements to audition (in advance) if you cannot make the specified time may be addressed to the director, Patrick Schamburek, by email at schamburek@sbcglobal.net, or by phone (920)-973-3844.

For more information visit The Marvelous Wonderettes show page.

Our 90th Season

The Masquers has been around since the first Community Chest fundraising event in 1931 when a few friends got together to put on a show.  What sets them apart from others that night is that they kept putting on a show every year since.

The Masquers seasons consisted of at least two shows and as many as four each year making them one of the oldest continuously operating community theater groups in the state.  "The show must go on" seemed to be the motto for the group as they continued to present a slate of shows each season; even during WW II when they presented two shows each year.

Today we find ourselves in the middle of a pandemic which shortened our 89th season and threatens our 90th season. Not willing to give up without a fight, the Masquers have resolved to "put on a show" even if it means we do it on our own front lawn! With that said, we proudly introduce our 90th season.

The Spoon River Project Our first selection of the year is The Spoon River Project by Tom Adelora.

In this beautifully haunting play based on Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology, the former residents of Spoon River examine life and the longing for what might have been. As the citizens reflect on the dreams, secrets, and regrets of their lives, they paint a gritty and honest portrait of the town as all of their pasts are illuminated.

This show will be presented October 29, 30, & 31, 2020.  The hope is to stage it outdoors since the Capitol Civic Centre is not an option for us yet.  We will keep everyone informed over the next few weeks.

The Marvelous Wonderettes The second show on the list is an entertaining musical trip to yesterday called The Marvelous Wonderettes by Roger Bean.

This smash Off-Broadway hit takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom, where we meet Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy: four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives and loves, the girls serenade us with classic ‘50s hits including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” and “Lipstick on Your Collar.” In Act II, the Wonderettes reunite to take the stage and perform at their ten-year reunion. We learn about the highs and lows the girls have experienced in the past decade and are charmed to find that no matter what life throws their way, they will conquer it together. Featuring over 30 classic ’50s and ’60s hits, The Marvelous Wonderettes will keep you smiling in this must-take musical trip down memory lane!

Clue The final show of the year will be Clue. We sincerely hope that this show will signal our return to the Masquers stage at the Capitol Civic Centre.

Based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie which was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, Clue is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery. The tale begins at a remote mansion, where six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects. Led by the Wadsworth – the butler, Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard race to find the killer as the body count stacks up. Clue is the comedy whodunit that will leave both cult-fans and newcomers in stitches as they try to figure out…WHO did it, WHERE, and with WHAT!