You bet we're excited about this season...
- Mamma Mia! - the Smash Hit Musical
- Calendar Girls - a heartwarming show based on a true story.
- The Foreigner - the hilarious farce written by Wisconsin's own Larry Shue.
You bet we're excited about this season...
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Beginning in 1987 we became one of the charter Arts Partners for the newly renovated Capitol Civic Centre in downtown Manitowoc and have called this beautiful theatre our home performance venue for over 30 years.
The Masquers, Inc. has been a leader in the Manitowoc arts community since 1931. A non-profit organization, we lay claim to the title of one of Wisconsin's Oldest Community Theater Groups. Throughout our history we have produced at least two shows every season for the last 88 years. Our latest offering includes Mamma Mia!, Calendar Girls, and The Foreigner.
In 1944 The Masquers purchased the original coach house for the Rahr Mansion, now the Rahr-West Museum. The Coach House has been our home for auditions, rehearsals, costumes, set pieces and club meetings ever since. Beginning in 1987 we became one of the charter Arts Partners for the newly renovated Capitol Civic Centre in downtown Manitowoc and have called this beautiful theatre our home performance venue for over 30 years.
The first show of the Masquers 89th season was a real crowd pleaser. The four show run was attended by large audiences who were pleased to be part of this wonderful musical. It was obvious everyone enjoyed the music, dancing, and acting of the dedicated troupe.
Next up, we're working on Calendar Girls which promisses to be a very enteraining show. For more information click the link below.
Auditions for our second production of the season have been held and after much consideration the cast of characters has been chosen.
For a complete list of all the characters visit our news page by following the link below.
Each year we go through the process of selecting shows for our next season. The process begins in June with the appointment of new members to our Play Reading and Casting Committee. The Committee is charged with the daunting task of reading plays and musicals to determine the six "finalists" worthy of being considered for The Masquers Stage.
December is a busy month for this committee as the long list must be pared down from nearly twenty titles to something closer to the final six scripts that will be presented to the board and membership for consideration.
At the January board meeting the list of four "straight" shows and two musicals are presented to the board. The board then reads all of the shows and gives their recommendations to the membership at the February membership meeting.
If all goes well, the members will approve two "straight" shows and one musical for 2020-2021. At that point the acquisition of performing rights, securing of production dates, and creating of promitional materials begins.
In most cases we are able to secure the rights in time to announce the season at our final production of the season. This year that would be The Foreigner. So, stay tuned and be sure to get your tickets for The Foreigner so you will be the first to know what we're doing next year.
Each year the Masquers Scholarship Committee encourages students who are pursuing a degree in the performing arts to apply for the Bill & Helen Plumb, Lenora Sheahan Memorial Scholarship Award. One or more scholarships are awarded each year to those applicants who are judged by the committee to be deserving of this award.
Download a scholarship application today to be considered this year's Bill & Helen Plumb, Lenora Sheehan Memorial Scholarship Award.