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Open Auditions for City of Angels

The Masquers, Inc. Community Theater Company are excited to announce open auditions for the final production of its 92nd season, the Tony Award winning best Broadway musical City of Angels.

We are seeking a diverse, color-conscious cast of actors for parts ranging from ensemble to leads, with a wide range of parts available, including speaking-only and dance-only roles. Auditions are open to adults ages 18+.

Set in the late 1940s, this film noir style production brings us back to old Hollywood, the world of movies, private eyes, glamour and of course Jazz! With wit, humor, and a fantastic Cy Coleman score, City of Angels captures the snappy dialogue of a Raymond Chandler novel and the glitzy showmanship of classic Hollywood; the result is a crowd-pleasing musical unlike any other. Many actors double as “full color” characters in the Hollywood world and mirrored “grayscale” characters in the movie world.

Pre-registration is highly recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. Auditions will be held at The Masquers Coach House 616 North 8th Street, Manitowoc on Sunday, February 5th at 1 p.m. and Monday, February 6th at 6 p.m. Video auditions (in advance) are welcome in lieu of schedule conflicts. Use the buttons below to access the online Audition Registration Form, character descriptions, detailed audition information, and the Quartet audition music. Once registered, watch for an email from info@themasquers.org for an audition confirmation.

Rehearsals will begin mid-March and will run Monday through Thursday (2-4 rehearsals per week depending on role and days left until production) until performances. City of Angels will be performed May 11, 12, & 13, 2023 at the Capitol Civic Centre in Manitowoc, WI. Please direct any questions to Director Phillip Jindra through The Masquers, Inc. e-mail by following this link info@themasquers.org

These links will get you more information on the auditions, monologues, character descriptions, and quartet audition music for those auditioning for the jazz quartet. We strongly suggest that you look at all of the documents before registering for the auditions.

Audition Information Character Descriptions Monologues Quartet Auditon Music

Use the button below to register online for a spot in the auditions on either one of the scheduled dates.

Audition Registration

Meet the cast of Over the River and Through the Woods

The Masquers, Inc. Community Theater Company, is excited to announce the cast of Over the River and Through the Woods, the second show of our 92nd season.

Following open auditions the cast has been selected and director J Gravelle has begun the rehearsal process in preparation for opening night in March.

Meet the cast of Over the River and Through the Woods!

Frank - Warren Schmidt
Nick - Adam Braunel
Aida - Claran LaViolette

Caitlin - Courtney Braunel
Nunzio - Tom Bartelme
Emma - Cindy Bradley

For more information on Over the River and Through the Woods follow the link below.

Over the River and Through the Woods Home Page

Announcing Our 91st Season

The Masquers has been around since the first Community Chest fundraising event in 1931 when a few friends got together to put on a show. What set them apart from other performers that night is that they kept putting on shows every year since.

The Masquers seasons consisted of two to four shows every year making them one of the oldest continuously operating community theater groups in the state.  "The show must go on" seemed to be the motto for the group as they continued to present a slate of shows each season; even during WW II.

The last few seasons we found ourselves in the middle of a pandemic which shortened our 89th season and caused us to rethink our 90th season. Not willing to give up without a fight, the Masquers resolved to "put on a show" even if it meant doing so on our own front lawn! And so, we continued our tradition and presented two shows in that 90th season even though we were forced to find alternative venues for each show.

Now that we are back to the Capitol Civic Centre on "The Masquers Stage" for the second season in a row we are proud to present our 92nd Anniversary Season.

A Christmas Story Our first selection of the year is A Christmas Story a Holiday Classic that we first produced in November 2011.

Based on the movie of the same name, A Christmas Story will take you back to your youth as you watch Ralphie work tirelessly to acheive his goal of getting an official Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. You'll find all your beloved characters from the movie including little brother Randy, Mother, the Old Man, and even Scut Farkas.

This show will be presented November 10-12, at the Capitol Civic Centre.

Over the River and Through the Woods Our second show this season will be the comedy Over the River and Through the Woods.

Written by Joe DiPietro, this story is about Nick, who visits his Itallian American grandparents from both sides of the family every Sunday for dinner. He tells them he is moving away to take a dream job, but the news doesn't sit well. They begin to devise ways to make him stay. Need we say more?

Joe DiPietro was also the author of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, a very successful show which the Masquers staged in 2013. We're looking for similar results with this show.

Over the River and Through the Woods will be performed March 9-11, at the Capital Civic Centre.

City of Angels The final show of the year won six Tony Awards including Best Musical. It ran for 879 performances on Broadway but we have only three shows with which to impress you.

With wit, humor, and a fantastic Cy Coleman score, City of Angels captures the snappy dialogue of a Raymond Chandler novel and the glitzy showmanship of classic Hollywood; the result is a crowd-pleasing musical unlike any other.

City of Angles will be performed May 11-13, and the Capitol Civic Centre.