Auditions for Footloose: July 13–14


Audition for Footloose the Musical July 13–14!

Toe-tapping pop hits underscore this adaptation of the hit film from 1984. When big-city kid Ren McCormack has to move to the tiny farming town of Bomont, he is appalled to learn about a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher. Determined to rock the boat, Ren and his new friends team up to change their town forever.

FDLCT will present Footloose Sept. 22–25, 2022 at Goodrich Little Theatre. The production will be directed by Nancy Irizarry.

Auditions will be held July 13th and 14th from 6-8PM. Participants can arrive at any point throughout the audition time and do not need to come to both days.

In the audition, participants will:

  • Perform 1 minute of a prepared song (no accompanist, you may play your own music or sing without music)
  • Learn some choreography
  • Read lines for some parts if interested

Call-backs if needed will be on Sat. July 16th from 9-11AM.

Questions? Please contact the director, Nancy, at auntienana54@gmail.com.

Roles

Ren McCormack (Lead): Male, tenor. Energetic, emotional, rebellious, likeable; strong dancer
Reverend Shaw Moore (Lead): Male, baritone. The powerful, traditional local church leader
Ariel Moore (Lead): Female, mezzo/pop. Smart, a bit of the bad girl with an edge, role requires strong belt, must be a strong singer/dancer
Vi Moore (Supporting): Female, soprano. Reverend Moore’s loving, supportive, resilient wife
Rusty (Supporting): Female, soprano/pop. Ariel’s friend; a bit scatterbrained, role requires strong belt, strong comedic timing and dance
Willard Hewitt (Supporting): Male, tenor. A simple country bumpkin with a warm heart and a big smile; comedic timing and dance
Ethel McCormack (Supporting): Female, soprano. Ren’s mother; had a tough go, just trying to make it…would do anything for her son
Chuck Cranston (Supporting): Male, tenor. The local bad boy and Ariel’s boyfriend
Urleen (Supporting): Female, mezzo/alto. Ariel’s friend; the smart one of the group; role requires strong belt, comedic timing, and dance
Wendy Jo (Supporting): Female, mezzo. Ariel’s friend; strong belt, comedic timing, and dance required
Ensemble (Chorus / Ensemble): All ages. Townspeople, students; teenage through adults; chorus singing, dancing parts

Notice about Mamma Mia! performances

Good day FDLCT patrons,

Recently, we were notified by the Fond du Lac School District that they would be replacing the air conditioning units in the Fondy High School Performing Arts Center. At the time of notice, we were not given a specific timeline and had hoped the project would be completed prior to the curtain rising on Thursday night for Mamma Mia! We were notified today the project will not be completed in time for our performance.

This is incredibly unfortunate, and we are deeply apologetic about this situation. Although it is completely out of our hands and our control, we still carry a deep level of compassion for our patrons. The bottom line is the theatre will be warm with the anticipated temperatures.

Although we cannot expedite the completion process, we will be offering every guest a bottle of cold water at each performance. We understand this does not negate the fact it may be uncomfortable (trust us when we say, if we could install the new units, we would certainly give it our best!). Also, if you want to move your seat after the performance begins to allow for more space between you and other theatre goers, feel free.

Much of our board will be at each performance (including a couple of them in the performance). You are welcome to talk to any of us. I do ask you are kind; we did not make this decision.

We appreciate you all so much; you have no idea. We have all waited two plus years to see this extraordinary performance. As you sit in the theater, daydream about being on the beautiful Grecian coast, soaking in the warm summer air.

Sincerely,
Tracy Qualmann
FDLCT Board of Directors, President

2022-2023 Season Announcement

We are so excited to announce five shows for our 65th season in 2022 and 2023!

Our last season saw record-breaking FDLCT audiences who came in droves to see what we were up to after the pandemic. Now, we’re continuing that momentum with a new slate of exciting theatrical productions.

You can buy season tickets online or request an order form by contacting FDLCT at fdlctboard@gmail.com or (920) 923-2206.

Check out our reveal video on Facebook: facebook.com/FDLCT/posts/5118596204885264

Footloose

Sept. 22–25, 2022
Goodrich Little Theatre
Directed by Nancy Irizarry

Toe-tapping pop hits underscore this adaptation of the hit film from 1984. When big-city kid Ren McCormack has to move to the tiny farming town of Bomont, he is appalled to learn about a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher. Determined to rock the boat, Ren and his new friends team up to change their town forever.

Our Town

Nov. 17–20, 2022
Goodrich Little Theatre
Directed by Tom Augustine

A true classic of American drama, Our Town presents the lives (and deaths) of families in the simple town of Grover’s Corners. The play has become famous as a pioneering work of “meta-theatre,” being narrated by a stage manager and performed without sets. This production celebrates the 125th anniversary of playwright Thornton Wilder’s birth in Madison, Wisconsin.

Disenchanted!

Feb. 16-19, 2023
Goodrich Little Theatre
Directed by Cody Lindau

Forget what you know about princesses! Snow White, Cinderella, and the rest of your favorite storybook royalty are not too keen on the way they’ve been portrayed in modern media. They’re here to set the record straight and belt out the truth in this hilarious comedy musical. Some language and adult themes.

The SpongeBob Musical

June 22–25, 2023
Fond du Lac High School Performing Arts Center
Directed by Trevor Clementi

The stakes are higher than ever as SpongeBob and his undersea friends have to save Bikini Bottom from total annihilation! Based on the beloved animated series, this off-the-wall musical comedy features music from Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, David Bowie, and many more musical stars.

Newsies Jr.

July 27–30, 2023
Goodrich Little Theatre
Directed by Becky Dietsch

Inspired by true events, Newsies Jr. tells the story of the newsboys who rallied across New York City to strike against unfair working conditions. Together, the newsies learn that they are stronger united and create a movement to fight for what’s right. This abridged version of the classic is perfect for families and kids of all ages.

2021–2022 Season Announcement

Since the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted the last season at the beginning of 2020, we’ve been hard at work making plans for a safe return. And now, we’re excited to announce the five shows in our 63rd season!

Details will be available soon regarding tickets, auditions, and all other inquiries. As soon as we’re able to share more, we’ll update you via our website, Facebook page, and email list (send a message to fdlctboard@gmail.com if you’d like to be added!)

9 to 5

SEPT 30–OCT. 3, 2021 | GOODRICH LITTLE THEATRE

9 to 5 info

With music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, 9 to 5 is a hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era. Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. When the boss is finally out of the picture, the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down. Hey, a girl can scheme, can’t she?

12 Angry Jurors

NOV. 18–21, 2021 | GOODRICH LITTLE THEATRE

12 Angry Jurors info

On a hot summer day after a long trial, a jury must decide whether a 19-year-old man is guilty of murdering his father. Needing a unanimous vote to pass judgment, tempers flare as eleven of the jurors try their best to convince the 1 dissenter to come around to their side. As the evidence is re-examined, however, new uncertainties come to light, forcing everyone to truly question if there is in fact some measure of “reasonable doubt”. Originally written for twelve men, this updated version proves that the conversation about what it means to live in a democracy is far from over.

Matilda

MARCH 3–6, 2022 | GOODRICH LITTLE THEATRE

Matilda the Musical info

With a cast heavily featuring both adults and children, Matilda the Musical revels in the anarchy of childhood and the power of imagination. Unloved by her cruel parents and terrorized by her school’s mean headmistress, the brilliant Matilda must inspire her classmates and her teachers to stand up against injustice and change their own destiny.

Mamma Mia!

JUNE 23–26, 2022 | FHS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Mamma Mia! info

In Mamma Mia!, the storytelling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs tells the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings back three men from her mother’s past. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!

Frozen Jr.

JULY 28–31, 2022 | GOODRICH LITTLE THEATRE

Frozen Jr. info

This enchanting modern classic from Disney brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life on stage. A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR. tells the tale of Princesses Anna and Elsa as they discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. Loaded with adventure, magic and plenty of humor, Frozen Jr. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!

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