Our mission as stated in the Articles of Incorporation for The Masquers reads as follows... "The purpose of The Masquers shall be to establish a community theater in the Manitowoc/Two Rivers area to provide education and culture in the form of dramatic productions presented for the benefit of the citizens of the lakeshore area; to provide an outlet for the members of the corporation and citizens of the area to learn the theater arts and express their dramatic abilities; to provide a means by which amateur dramatic talent can be developed; and to do whatever properly may be incidental to such purposes.
More simply, our reason for existing is to create wonderfully entertaining shows for the people on the lakeshore, and to pass on what we have learned about the theater arts to anyone who expresses an interest. We've done that since 1931, and we hope to continue for many years to come.
One of our long-standing members (60 years) was fond of saying, "we may be doctors, nurses, lawyers, teachers, professionals, housewives or students, but when we walk through those doors we are all Masquers. That's what being a member of The Masquers is really about. A community of people who have one thing in common - the love of theater.
... "we may be doctors, nurses, lawyers, teachers, professionals, housewives or students, but when we walk through those doors we are all Masquers."
Within our ranks are people who not only love to perform, but also love every aspect of theater; building and designing sets; creating costumes; gathering props; handling spotlights; playing in the orchestra pit; working backstage; creating make-up and hair pertinent to the production. We also have members who are happy performing the day-to-day tasks like committee work and maintaining our facilities; writing reports and organizing inventory.
For over ninety years valuable people have been coming through our doors at just the right time. To solve a problem for which we had no answer, or to fill a roll that was recently vacated. It's been almost as magical as the shows we produce. We can't wait to see who comes through the door next.