Looking forward to 2021

Happy New Year!

As we close the calendar year 2020, we at Fond du Lac Community Theatre have so much to be thankful for, as well as a bright future to look forward to. 

2020 was unprecedented, to say the least. Due to the pandemic, we essentially lowered the curtain. However, our members and community at-large showed support like we could have never expected. From financial support through our annual appeal to engaging in our virtual events, to supporting our caroling telegrams to simply keeping the faith. Driven by a steadfast and incredibly optimistic board of directors, and supported by hundreds, Fond du Lac Community Theatre will raise the curtain again and provide the exceptional live theatre we all love. 

While we continue to think in innovative ways, we undoubtedly cannot wait until we can get back to some sense of normalcy. In the meantime, there are ways you can enjoy theatre and support our organization:

Encore Children’s Programming – Virtual classes for children in 4th-8th grade. Registration is limited to 10 households per class.

  • January 9: Stage Makeup – Katherine Gilliland-Ahrens
  • January 23: Comedy Improv – Sarah Calvert 
  • February 13: Full Body Acting and Stage Presence – Rebecca Deitsch 
  • March 13: Creating a Character – Trevor Clementi and Ellie Thelen 
  • March 27: Stage Props – Katherine Gilliland-Ahrens 
  • April 10: Preparing for an Audition – Nancy Irizarry-Beachy 

Improv – Our Improv team, neatly coined “What were you thinking?”, continues to offer virtual events. They are also available for hire. 

FDLCT Memorial Scholarship – this annual event provides funding to students who have participated in Fond du Lac Community Theatre productions and who plan to pursue higher education. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2021. 

Online Auction – Soon, we will be hosting an online auction where people can bid on baskets. We normally do an auction as part of our participation in the annual event, Brewfest. With the event looking different this year, we’re taking our baskets online. Watch our Facebook page for more details. Also, you can still enjoy a version of Brewfest this year. Learn more here.

Donation – The pandemic is not over. Our primary revenue stream is through ticket sales. Until we’re able to safely offer live productions, donations to the organization are paramount to our continued success. 

In closing, I say BRAVO to our members, volunteers, board of directors, community partners, and theatre-lovers. Together, we will get through this and we will see the lights go up and that curtain rise again. Until then, keep calm and remember, this is only intermission. 

Waiting in the wings,

Tracy Qualmann

Board of Directors, President 

Cancellation of 2020 events

This year has been challenging in so many ways. With the health and safety of our volunteers, members, and guests at the forefront, we have made the decision to cancel the remainder of events as scheduled for calendar year 2020. This is a decision with profound and potentially negative ramifications on our organization; however, no price tag can be put on the people who make us who we are.

We take great pride in providing an array of theater-based entertainment. We’re committed to returning to the stage when it is safe for our actors, directors, and guests to do so. We encourage everyone to continue to take precautions. At FDLCT, we will continue to watch as the world navigates through this widespread pandemic. When the time is right, we’ll be back, together, to share in the joy live theater provides. In the meantime, please continue to visit our Facebook page for updates on alternative offerings and happenings.

On behalf of the board of directors, we sincerely appreciate your continued support and understanding. We can’t wait to see you again!

Tracy Qualmann
President
Fond du Lac Community Theatre Board of Directors

We miss you.

Dear theatre friends,

We miss you. Plain and simple. We miss the anticipation of the curtains up on opening night. We miss talking with you at intermission. We miss the excitement of the next show. We miss the activity at the firehouse. We miss it all. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all in a number of ways. We continue to work behind-the-scenes to plan for the future and craft an engaging line-up of upcoming entertainment. 

This communication is meant to do nothing more than let you know we’re thinking of you and we so look forward to seeing you all again. 

The show will go on….

Tracy Qualmann

Fond du Lac Community Theatre Board of Directors, President

COVID-19 response from FDLCT

It should come as no surprise, Fond du Lac Community Theatre is, too, impacted by the COVID-19 (coronavirus). Given the declaration of a state of emergency in Fond du Lac, the Governor’s order banning gatherings , and our desire to protect the safety of our members and guests, we have made the painful decision to postpone the remainder of the 2019-2020 season.

This decision is not easy. There is an enormous amount of work that has already gone into Mamma Mia! and preparations were under way for Grease and Frozen, Jr. However, we are a people-first organization and want to do our part to ensure our community members are safe and not forced to make a decision between attending one of our events and their health.

We will miss seeing all of you this summer, as we take pride in being a gathering place in our community. However, we are excited for the 2020-2021 season – Mamma Mia! (September, 2020), 12 Angry Jurors (November, 2020), Matilda (April, 2021), TBD (June, 2021) and Frozen, Jr. (July, 2021). We’re still working with the organizations to secure or postpone rights for these shows; therefore, there may be additional changes (some things are out of our control).

We’re sure you have questions. We may have answers. Below you will find a few that we’ve already encountered:

1. I have season tickets for Mamma Mia! and Grease. Will I get a refund?

At this time, we ask you hold tight. If we are allowed to move the rights for these shows to the next season, your ticket will be honored. If you are unable to make the new dates, we will gladly refund you. You are also able to donate the cost of that ticket to the organization (and be provided a donation letter).

2. What about the auditions you posted for Grease and Frozen, Jr.?

Those will be rescheduled to accommodate the new dates of the shows. This information will be shared via Facebook, our website and our newsletter.

3. Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

We encourage you message us through Facebook Messenger, email us at fdlctboard@gmail.com or call us at 920.923.2206 . We will do our best to get back to you in a timely fashion.

We appreciate your kindness, patience, and understanding as we navigate this situation. Our decisions are made with prudence and caution. The show will go on…just a little later than anticipated.

Sincerely,
Tracy Qualmann
Fond du Lac Community Theatre Board of Directors President