Auditions for “The SpongeBob Musical” March 3 and 5

Adults and high school students are invited to audition for Fond du Lac Community Theatre’s summer production of “The SpongeBob Musical” directed by Trevor Clementi.

When are auditions?

Friday, March 3, 6-9pm
Sunday, March 5, 9am-12pm

Show up to one of the sessions at any time and plan to stay for at least a half hour.

Auditions will be held at the FDLCT firehouse, 250 W 9th St in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

If you cannot make it to either session, we will accept video auditions. Please email the director for more information: trevorjclementi@gmail.com

What should I prepare?

Please prepare about 1 minute long vocal audition in any style. An accompanist will be available. At the audition, we will teach you a short dance routine and provide a small number of sides for you to read aloud.

Callbacks

Callbacks will be held Saturday, March 11 from around 6-10pm.

When are rehearsals and performances?

You can expect most rehearsals to be held weekday evenings and some Saturdays. We’ll start in April with fewer rehearsals each week and ramp up to 4-5 days a week in June.

SHOWS are June 22–24 at 7:30pm and June 25 at 2pm.

Who can audition?

All adults and students currently in 8th grade or above may audition.

I do a great impression of a character! or, I’m not great at impressions…

The performers in this show will speak mostly in their own voices, with just a hint of the cartoon character’s tone. Also, we’re considering ALL individuals for ALL roles regardless of gender, age, height/build, race, or any other factor! Just be yourself—and prepare to audition with an open mind and a sense of curiosity.

So… SpongeBob?

Yes! The SpongeBob Musical is a brand-new show that opened on Broadway in 2017 and was nominated for 12 Tony Awards. If you’re thinking juvenile humor and mascot costumes, think again! This musical is full of heart and features colorful, creative and imaginative design. The characters are represented in “human” form wearing costumes loosely inspired by the cartoon.

In The SpongeBob Musical, 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 many different stars such as David Bowie, Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Yolanda Adams, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, and many more.

Sandy, SpongeBob and Patrick in the Broadway show

All around the theatre, the show’s sets and props will be constructed primarily out of found objects and “trash” representing familiar locations like the Krusty Krab and downtown Bikini Bottom.

A look from the Broadway preview.

If you know and love SpongeBob, you’ll be right at home in your pineapple under the sea. Even if not, though, you’ll fall in love with the show’s hilarious script, catchy tunes and sense of pure joy!

What roles are available?

Glad you asked. There are a lot.

SpongeBob SquarePants: Perpetually optimistic and energetic. Must be comfortable with climbing/heights.
Sandy Cheeks: Brainy and athletic squirrel. Must be comfortable with climbing/heights.
Patrick Star: Well-intentioned but dim friend of SpongeBob.
Squidward Q. Tentacles: Lovably grumpy and cynical octopus with a featured tap number.
Sheldon Plankton: Nefariously charming villain, rap skills are a plus.
Karen the Computer: Plankton’s sardonic but glamorous computer wife.
Pearl Krabs: Teen whale with a killer voice.
Eugene Krabs: The greedy owner of the Krusty Krab and father of Pearl.
Mayor of Bikini Bottom: Opportunistic politician who’s anything but helpful.
Perch Perkins: Captivating and sometimes mysterious news anchor.
Patchy the Pirate: SpongeBob’s number one fan.
Larry the Lobster: As rude as he is buff.
Electric Skates: Rock and roll band members on skateboards or rollerblades/skates.
Old Man Jenkins: A crotchety and intolerant old man.
Mrs. Puff: Anxious and flustered pufferfish.
Gary the Snail (Puppet): Mrow.
And more: Hip-Hop Dancers, Mob Fish, Krabby Patty Fish, Buster Bluetang, Cowboy Fish, Rock Trio, Johnny the Bartender, Plankton’s Backup Dancers, Dancing Sponges, a gaggle of Sardine Devotees, and a showstopping chorus of Tap Dancing Sea Anemones.

We hope to see you at auditions! Any questions may go straight to Trevor at trevorjclementi@gmail.com.

Need a gift? FDLCT tickets on sale until Dec. 25, 2022

If you haven’t found a gift for that special someone yet, look no further! FDLCT is offering tickets to its upcoming shows for a limited time. This offer ends December 25, 2022!

Interested in giving tickets to more than one show? Great news—season tickets are still available! Season ticket holders will receive priority seating choice and reduced-price admission to Disenchanted!, A Crooked French Affair, and The SpongeBob Musical. They will also have the ability to purchase tickets for our Encore show Newsies Jr. for 20% off the premium ticket price.

Buy season tickets on the FDLCT site or visit the Hometown Tickets website to buy tickets for an individual show.

Auditions for “A Crooked French Affair” Dec. 17–18

Auditions for A Crooked French Affair will be on Saturday, December 17 at 10 a.m., and Sunday, December 18 at 3 p.m. Auditions will be held at the FDLCT Firehouse building, 250 W. 9th St., Fond du Lac. Please note the information below to prepare.

  1. A Crooked French Affair is a comedy with mature themes. The cast consists of six
    females and four males. Ethnic and age diversity is encouraged.
  2. Notify Kim Ruyle, the director, kim.ruyle@inventivetalent.com, of your intent to audition.
    He will provide an advance copy of the audition script, character descriptions, and
    suggestions for preparation.
  3. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early before the start time of the audition to turn in or
    complete paperwork and to be oriented for the audition.

Questions? Contact the director, Kim Ruyle at: kim.ruyle@inventivetalent.com

Synopsis: Perry, a wannabe playwright/director, has written his first play, A Crooked French Affair, ostensibly a dramatic romance set in the royal court of Louis the 15th. When he pitches his play to the dysfunctional Board of Directors of the Pity Falls Community Playhouse, it throws them into a conniption fit. Against all odds, Perry’s play is selected, and now the real work begins with the cast of amateur, inept actors, who work on a set and in costumes designed by recruits from the local junior high school. Complicating everything is an undercurrent due to the affair between Perry’s wife and the husband of Avis, a board member who is recruited to play a part in Perry’s play. On opening night, the production loses its way yet creates a stunning audience reaction and a fortuitous discovery for Perry.

Kim E. Ruyle is a playwright based in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and a member of The Dramatists Guild of America and The Playwrights’ Center. His stories come from a unique perspective. A US Army veteran with blue-collar roots, Kim went on to earn three master’s degrees and a PhD. He had a 30-year career as a leadership and talent management consultant. Writing for the stage is a second career for Kim beginning a few short years ago. His first four plays have won awards and productions.

Learn more about Kim: https://www.kimruyle.com/

Roles

PERRY (PERICLES): Male. An aspiring playwright and director. He lacks confidence but is enthusiastic about his writing. Perry directs his own play in which he also plays the role of François de la Peyronie.

AVIS: Female. Board member. Self-righteous, heavy-handed, and obsessed with the thought of getting revenge on her cheating husband. Agrees to play the part of Madame de Pompadour in the play-within-the-play.

FAWN: Female. Chair of the Board. Overly sensitive, sentimental. JAZMIN Female. Board member. Daring, outrageously so.

RUBY: Female. Board member. Practical, conservative, and competent.

SERGIO: Male. Board member. A player.

WILLY: Male. Board member. Highly insecure.

CHLOE: Female. Stage manager. Theatre expert, competent, confident.

CHEYENNE: Female. A serious but struggling method actor. Plays Queen Marie. Narcissistic and entitled.

LOUIE: Male. Ironically, plays King Louis XV. Initially, void of emotion on the stage. Can’t remember his lines to save his life.

Auditions for Disenchanted!, November 28-29

Mark your calendars!

Auditions for the musical “Disenchanted” will be November 28 and 29 from 6-8:30pm at the FDLCT Firehouse building 250 W 9th St, Fond du Lac.

Please prepare 32 bars of any musical theater song. You will learn some choreography and read some lines once you arrive.

We encourage an inclusive cast, and are looking for women of all body types and diverse backgrounds. This cast will be 18+ due to some adult humor.

Questions? Contact the director, Cody Lindau at: codylindau95@gmail.com

Synopsis:
The original storybook heroines are none-too-happy with the way they’ve been portrayed in today’s pop culture so they’ve tossed their tiaras and have come to life to set the record straight. Forget the princesses you think you know – these royal renegades are here to comically belt out the truth.

SNOW WHITE

Brassy and self-assured. The leader of the princess pack who likes to be in control. Also has a loving, maternal instinct. Aspires to be perfect, but she soon realizes that being perfectly ‘you’ is more important.

CINDERLLA

Perky, quirky, and impish. She’s always enthusiastic, especially when it comes to being a real life princess, but is about to discover that there’s more to being a princess than pretty gowns and shiny glass slippers.

SLEEPING BEAUTY

The perfect comic foil to Snow White. Always the flippant and unpredictable cut-up. She loves to dance (sometimes uncontrollably) and is a fantastic physical comedienne. She enjoys being perfectly and uniquely herself.

BELLE

A smart and witty bookworm from classic French lit who inexplicably speaks and sings with an American accent. She chats with inanimate objects, cleans up after her beast of a husband … and it’s slowly driving her insane.

HUA MULAN

A legendary folk hero of Asian descent from the poem The Ballad of Mulan. She has a good- natured sense of humor while maintaining a respect for her culture. She is excited to come out onstage and, through her heartfelt story, reveal her true self.

THE LITTLE MERMAID

Once innocent and obedient, she’s now rowdy and rebellious. Having regretfully given up her seemingly idyllic life under the sea, she copes with her new reality through inappropriate yet hilarious comedy. She is the life of the party!

POCAHONTAS

Plucky, valiant. She has been homogenized by an entertainment industry willing to distort her true Native-American story just to sell cinema tickets. As she comically mocks her glammed up portrayal in Hollywood cartoons, she is on a journey to restore her authentic, historical self.

THE PRINCESS WHO KISSED THE FROG

Having been left out of the kingdom for decades, this Black princess is here to claim her throne and celebrate inclusivity and diversity in fairy tales. Confident; clever with a turn of phrase, loves a funny pop culture reference. Wonderfully witty; joyous.

RAPUNZEL

American capitalism won’t turn this campy, Mel Brooksian songstress into a damsel in distress. Nein! Brunehildesque, strong, and fun-loving, she’s bent on getting her fair share from those who make bank off fairy tale princesses.

PRINCESS BADROULBADOUR

Originally from the South-Asian-turned-Middle-Eastern Aladdin sagas, this sultan’s daughter has had enough of being secondary in her own tale. Misogyny begone! It’s a whole new world and this independent and puckish princess is taking her story back!

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Announcing Our Town postponement, addition of A Crooked French Affair

Not all well-laid plans go, well, as planned. 

Fond du Lac Community Theatre (FDLCT) released the 2022-23 season with enthusiasm this last summer. The plan was to deliver Footloose, Our Town, Disenchanted, SpongeBob the Musical, and Newsies Jr….and, for the most part, we still plan to do that. However….

Our Town auditions occurred, rehearsals began, then…due to unforeseen circumstances, things did not continue as planned. Because of the very busy time of year, we were unable to completely fill the cast roles.  By postponing the show to a different time of year, we hope it will draw more interest.  We look forward to sharing this classic Thornton Wilder play with the city of Fond du Lac, and we are working diligently on incorporating this production into the 2023-2024 season.  In the meantime, we have something pretty exciting to share with you:

The Wisconsin premiere of A Crooked French Affair, written by local playwright Kim Ruyle!

Shows will run March 23-26, 2023.

What is this premiere about? Let us tell you: Perry, a wannabe playwright/director, has written his first play, A Crooked French Affair, ostensibly a dramatic romance set in the royal court of Louis the 15th. When he pitches his play to the dysfunctional Board of Directors of the Pity Falls Community Playhouse, it throws them into a conniption fit. Against all odds, Perry’s play is selected, and now the real work begins with the cast of amateur, inept actors, who work on a set and in costumes designed by recruits from the local junior high school. Complicating everything is an undercurrent due to the affair between Perry’s wife and the husband of Avis, a board member who is recruited to play a part in Perry’s play. On opening night, the production loses its way yet creates a stunning audience reaction and a fortuitous discovery for Perry.

We at FDLCT are over-the-moon excited to be the organization Kim decided to host his premiere with. If you are a season ticket holder, we can move your tickets from Our Town to A Crooked French Affair. Or, if you prefer, we can refund you for that one show. Season sponsors, you will now receive your complimentary tickets to this new performance. 

If you have any questions, please call us at (920) 923-2206 and leave a message with Megan.

Sincerely,

Fond du Lac Community Theatre

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

UPDATE: Several shows and dates have changed. The information below is not up to date. See current information on our 22-23 season here!

Original announcement below.

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.