Nora Otte earns 2022 Memorial Scholarship

Liz Wustrack presenting Nora with the FDLCT Memorial Scholarship
Nora Otte

We’re proud to announce that Nora Otte has earned the 2022 FDLCT Memorial Scholarship!

Nora has been involved with Community Theatre for eleven years participating in productions both on stage and behind the scenes. You may recognize her from Mamma Mia, Matilda, Sweeney Todd, Beauty and the Beast, Shrek the Musical, Wizard of Oz, Next to Normal, and Seussical the Musical. She was also very involved in our Encore Youth Productions including Elf Jr, Bugsy Malone, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Peter Pan Jr, and Aladdin Jr.

Nora attended Fond du Lac High School where she participated in Cardinal Community Mentors, Cardinal Singers, VJaM Singers, Stagecraft, and the Fond du Lac High School Theatre Program. Nora looks forward to following her passion of singing and acting in the future. She also hopes to grow her skills as a composer and songwriter by learning more about theatre and music. Nora plans to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. 

Fond du Lac Community Theatre is thankful for Nora’s time and dedication to the organization. We have loved getting to watch Nora learn and grow through the years. Those who have had the pleasure to share the stage with her enjoy her talent, smile, positive attitude, loving heart, and sweet spirit.

We wish Nora the best of luck in her future, and can’t wait to watch her journey! 

The FDLCT Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of the dedicated men and women who shared their time and talents in FDLCT productions and within the organization. This scholarship also acknowledges and supports youth involved in our theatrical productions. Applicants need to be high school seniors or students currently enrolled in higher education wishing to continue their studies. Learn more about the scholarship.

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

Directorial duo ready to present “Mamma Mia!”

This is an exciting month for longtime FDLCT director team Mary Runde and Maggie Patton, their 35-member cast, and the production team, crew and band. More than two years in the making, Mamma Mia! will finally go up June 23-26, 2022, and tickets are selling fast!

Here we go again!

Julie (Donna), Sue (Rosie), Ian (Sky) and Blair (Sophie) rehearsing on their old set back in 2020.

Originally scheduled for April 2020, the cast of Mamma Mia! were already past the bulk of their rehearsals when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, forcing FDLCT to postpone the show. At that point, Maggie and Mary promised the cast that if the show could resume, everyone could keep their original roles. With very few exceptions, the cast came back—and now, they’re performing with a fresh group of additional cast members!

“Putting the show off for 2 years was rough—and a lot happened in between,” Mary said. “However, despite the hiatus, the venue change, and cast and production team changes, I think we are blessed to have a fabulous group of folks working together to make our vision finally a reality.”

The same actors, now finally on stage and ready to perform!

FDLCT dynamic duo

Maggie Patton, director
Mary Runde, director

This will be the sixth show that Mary and Maggie direct together. They met while working for the Fond du Lac School District and soon developed a friendship. Maggie had already been directing shows at Woodworth and around the district for years, and it wasn’t long before the two decided to take on a show together. Mary remembers: “Our directorial debut was a small show: The Littlest Angel. It was a super sweet show-only 45 minutes-and we only charged $5. It was at that time we realized we finished each other’s sentences….still do.”

Newcomers and old-timers

Ian (Sky) and Cody (Pepper) having just a bit of fun.

This cast is a diverse blend of FDLCT regulars and fresh faces. Mary is excited that the musical and its fantastic soundtrack attracted so many new people to FDLCT. “Cathy Drew is so excited to be part of the cast-it’s her first show, and she auditioned because she loved the movie and the music. I am not sure how we got Ian and John Hawkins. They are both new to our theater group, and are a phenomenal addition. On the other side of the equation are people like Lynn and Blair Moon, who have been active in FDLCT for years.”

Maggie shares, “The coolest part for me is seeing the family members who come together to audition for shows. Mary and I encourage that so families can share something they love with their kids.”

The Mamma Mia! cast working on a dance number.

Mamma Mia! is not just fun songs… though the songs are fun

After encouragement from her son Alex to do a full directorial analysis on the show, Mary shared her take on the story: “It’s the conflict between the 70’s worldview of Donna where life is meant to be lived fully and in the moment, and the worldview of Sophie who has always wondered who her dad is. There are the small lies and the untruths that Donna has always kept secret that are finally resolved. It is a story of a daughter finally understanding her mother’s choices with an adult lens.”

“Or it’s just a bunch of ABBA songs that we can sing along with. Either way, it is going to be a great time for the audience.”

Mamma Mia! will run June 23–26 at the Fond du Lac High School PAC. Learn more and buy tickets here.

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.

Bud Caldwell Dedication

Theatre Family,

Our theatre and the Fond du Lac community lost a bright light with the passing of George “Bud” Caldwell. Some of us had the great honor of working with him, and others were thoroughly entertained as they watched him perform.

In a way to honor, remember, and celebrate Bud we have planned a dedication at the Firehouse on Sunday, October 24 at 1:00 p.m. You are invited to this event which will include stories, music, and a plaque dedication at our building. Bud’s family will be present and it is our hope that our theatre family will attend this event and share stories about Bud. He was a real treasure to our theatre family.

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