NOW PLAYING: “Moon Over the Brewery” by Bruce Graham

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Randolph (Cyrus Foos) and Amanda (Kaitlyn Phillips) scheme.

What do a mailman, a waitress, a teenager, a pirate, and a samurai have in common?  Come to see “Moon Over the Brewery” to find out.  Opening January 16th, this show includes all of the above, plus a suave guy in a white suit.

This comedic drama is the story of a mother and daughter who find themselves at odds with each other over what their future will be.  Thirteen-year-old Amanda turns to her long-time imaginary friend, Randolph, while her mother Miriam turns to Warren, a mailman she met at the diner she works at.  Can three lonely people and that imaginary friend find a way out of loneliness and into a good life together?

The role of Miriam, a waitress/artist, will be portrayed by Melissa Joseph of Fremont.  Her precocious daughter Amanda will be played by Kaitlyn Phillips, 17, of Woodville.  Tim Bolton of Fremont and Cyrus Foos, 18, of Gibsonburg have been cast in the roles of Walter, Miriam’s boyfriend, and Randolph, Amanda’s childhood imaginary friend, respectively.

While none are brand new to the FCT stage, this represents debut principal roles for both Phillips and Joseph.  Bolton has appeared in over 50 roles at FCT, most recently as John in “Be My Baby” in November 2014.  Foos has been appearing at FCT since a small child, and last appeared as “Donkey” in FCTT’s production of Shrek the Musical in July 2014.

In addition to the four actors, a great deal of original artwork will be seen onstage in this production.  Director Bower and costumer Sue Stotz designed and pieced the quilt, “Miriam’s Dream,” which will be featured in the show and then raffled off at the close of the production for $5.00 per ticket.  In addition, Bower’s husband Michael has been busy creating the many paintings which will be displayed on set.

Produced with permission from Dramatists Play Service, Inc., “Moon Over the Brewery” will be presented January 16-18 and 23-25, 2015, with curtain time at 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 2:00 p.m. on Sundays.  Tickets are $10.00 for Seniors and Students with ID, and $12.00 for Adults.

To make reservations, please call 419-332-0695 or use the PayPal option below.


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CAST ANNOUNCED: “Escanaba in Da Moonlight” by Jeff Daniels

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FCT and Director Griff Allan are pleased to announce the cast of “Escanaba in Da Moonlight,” a comedy by Jeff Daniels.

ALBERT SOADY – Tim Bolton
REUBEN SOADY – Ben Archer
REMNAR SOADY – Sam Waugaman
JIMMER NEGAMANEE – Michael PJ Foos
RANGER TOM T. TREADO – Steve Koenig
WOLF MOON DANCE – TBA

THE STORY: When the Soady clan reunites for the opening day of deer season at the family’s Upper Peninsula camp, thirty-five-year-old Reuben Soady brings with him the infamous reputation of being the oldest Soady in the history of the Soadys never to bag a buck. In a hunting story to beat all hunting stories, ESCANABA IN DA MOONLIGHT spins a hilarious tale of humor, horror and heart as Reuben goes to any and all lengths to remove himself from the wrong end of the family record book. (www.dramatists.com)

There was a great turnout for auditions, and much thanks to all who auditioned!

Director Griff Allan and Assistant Directors Pete Lowry and Joe Angelone will be looking for crew for this show. If interested, please contact them directly or leave a message at 419-332-0775!

“Escanaba in da Moonlight” will be presented on March 13-15 and 20-22 with special permission from Dramatists Play Services.

COMING SOON: Auditions for “Escanaba in da Moonlight” by Jeff Daniels

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FCT and Director Pete Lowry announce the upcoming auditions for “Escanaba in da Moonlight,” a comedy by Jeff Daniels.

THE STORY: When the Soady clan reunites for the opening day of deer season at the family’s Upper Peninsula camp, thirty-five-year-old Reuben Soady brings with him the infamous reputation of being the oldest Soady in the history of the Soadys never to bag a buck. In a hunting story to beat all hunting stories, ESCANABA IN DA MOONLIGHT spins a hilarious tale of humor, horror and heart as Reuben goes to any and all lengths to remove himself from the wrong end of the family record book. (www.dramatists.com)

The following roles are available:

ALBERT SOADY – early sixties – Patriarch of the Soady clan and narrator of the story.

REUBEN SOADY – 35 – Albert’s oldest son. Married to Wolf Moon Dance. Carries the distinction of never “hangin’ a single buck on da buck pole”.

REMNAR SOADY – 33 – Albert’s youngest son. Not “da sharpest tool in da shed” but a good hunter.

JIMMER NEGAMANEE – ageless – Close friend of the Soady’s. Was abducted by aliens for an entire weekend, and when he came back he was different. Very different.

RANGER TOM T. TREADO – early forties – Ranger for the DNR. He came up from Detroit for the start of deer season and believes that he saw God up on the ridge.

WOLF MOON DANCE – thirties – Full- blooded Ojibwa and wife of Reuben Soady. (Note – She only appears in the final scene and has one line.)

Auditions will be held on January 18 and 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Fremont Community Theatre, located on Vanguard Place off of Dickinson Street in Fremont, Ohio.

“Escanaba in da Moonlight” will be presented on March 13-15 and 20-22 with special permission from Dramatists Play Services.

“Moon Over the Brewery” Cast Announced

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Left to Right: Kaitlyn Phillips, Cyrus Foos, Melissa Joseph, Tim Bolton

Director Linda Bower are pleased to announce the cast of the upcoming “Moon Over the Brewery” by Bruce Graham.

The role of Miriam, a waitress/artist, will be portrayed by Melissa Joseph of Fremont.  Her precocious daughter Amanda will be played by Kaitlyn Phillips of Woodville.  Tim Bolton of Fremont and Cyrus Foos of Gibsonburg have been cast in the roles of Walter, Miriam’s boyfriend, and Randolph, Amanda’s childhood imaginary friend, respectively.

Phillips and Joseph are both making FCT main season debuts in this production.  Phillips, 17, is actively involved in her drama club at Woodmore High School, and most recently appeared at FCT as Teen Fiona in Fremont Community Teen Theatre’s “Shrek the Musical” this past summer.  Joseph, a member of the National Guard and Service Coordinator for a senior living complex, enjoyed a return to FCT during Play in a Day 2013, and most recently was part of the stage crew for “The Drowsy Chaperone” in May 2014.

Bolton and Foos are well-known veterans of the FCT stage.  Bolton has been on and off stage for over 50 roles at FCT stage in his spare time, most recently appearing in a leading role in November’s production of “Be My Baby”.  While only 18 years old, Foos has also appeared in numerous roles on the FCT main stage, most notably as the young leads in “Over the Tavern” and “Our Town”.  He also most recently appeared in FCTT’s “Shrek the Musical” in the beloved role of Donkey.

Director Linda Bower says, “This warm and funny play will touch the hearts of all who have ever felt lonely or different.”

In addition to the four actors, a great deal of original artwork will be seen onstage in this production.  Director Bower and costumer Sue Stotz designed and pieced the quilt, “Miriam’s Dream,” which will be featured in the show and then raffled off at the close of the production.  In addition, Bower’s husband Michael has been busy creating the many paintings which will be displayed on set.

Produced with permission from Dramatists Play Service, Inc., “Moon Over the Brewery” will be presented January 16-18 and 23-25, 2015.

THANK YOU!!!

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It arrived at 10:39 p.m. … the email that said we had not only met our goal of $1,500.00 but had surpassed it.  And then the emails kept coming!  All told, we raised $1,648.00 through your gifts during #GivingTuesday today.  Thank you SO MUCH to those of you who made donations or who encouraged others to do so.  We are so grateful for our donors, whether the amount they sent was large or small!

This season, we are thankful to have a theatre family that supports each other, through good times and through bad, whether through donations of their money or of their time.

I want to personally thank the Board, who approved this Fundraiser event when we learned about it only a week ago.  Also, a great BIG thank you goes to Ember Ollom who helped me track the event.  We truly had an EXCITING day today!

Thank you once again for helping FCT to remain “More Than a Stage in Your Life”!

-Cyndi Hineline, President

 

December 2 is #GivingTuesday

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Today, you can donate to Fremont Community Theatre as part of Giving Tuesday. Any donations FCT receives will be matched up to $1,000.00 by the Toledo Community Foundation, but ONLY those received on Tuesday, December 2, 2014.  Any amount you can donate is appreciated. These funds will be used at FCT to continue bringing art to the Fremont area and giving people young and old a love of live entertainment in a world where, unfortunately, the arts are being cut and neglected.

To donate, click on the Donate button below.  If you need any help or have any questions, please contact Cyndi Hineline by calling or texting 419-575-7479 or by emailing f.c.t@att.net




After you’ve made your donation, we encourage you to post an #UNselfie or a general post on social media using the hashtags #GivingTuesdayNWO or #FCT

Don’t forget – FCT is a 501c3 non-profit organization, and donations may be tax-deductible.  Consult a tax adviser for more information.

Thank you in advance for helping FCT to remain “More Than a Stage in Your Life”!

“Moon Over the Brewery” Auditions

Fremont Community Theatre is holding upcoming auditions for “Moon Over the Brewery” by Bruce Graham.

THE STORY: Miriam Lipsky, unmarried and living with her thirteen-year-old daughter, Amanda, works as a waitress to pay the bills, but it is her painting that really matters to her. Good subjects are scarce in the drab Pennsylvania coal town where they live, so Miriam dons a miner’s lamp and paints at night, when moonlight softens and transforms the stark landscape. Miriam is also desirous of male companionship, a need which the precocious Amanda (she has an IQ of 160) has discouraged by driving away suitor after suitor with her barbed comments. Amanda, compensating for the lack of a father, has also created an imaginary friend, Randolph, who appears (only to her) in a resplendent white suit and provides mischievous advice and guidance. Matters come to a head when Miriam brings home Warren Zimmerman, a rather unprepossessing, somewhat paunchy mailman who, at first, appears to be a perfect target for Amanda’s (and Randolph’s) caustic remarks and demeaning intelligence tests. Until, that is, he quietly but firmly beats Amanda at her own game. In fact it is the surprisingly resourceful Warren who is able, at last, to wean Amanda away from her dependence on Randolph and into reality—and who, in time, may also be the one able to fill the aching needs of both Amanda and her lonely mother. (From www.dramatists.com)

Director Linda Bower is seeking actors to play the following roles:

AMANDA: she is 13, but a very serious kid.
RANDOLPH: He is of indeterminate age and as charming as Cary Grant. Amanda’s imaginary friend.
WARREN: He is in his early 40’s, a few pounds overweight. Miriam’s boyfriend.
MIRIAM: She’s in her mid-thirties and is a waitress. Amanda’s mother.

Auditions will be held on Sunday and Monday, November 16 and 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Fremont Community Theatre, located on Vanguard Place off of Dickinson Street. Auditions will consist of reading from the script.

Produced with permission from Dramatists Play Service, Inc., “Moon Over the Brewery” will be performed on January 16-18 and 23-25, 2015.

For further information, please contact Director Linda Bower.

Spotlight Production shines on THE LAST FIVE YEARS

FCT’s Spotlight Production THE LAST FIVE YEARS will be presented for just one weekend ONLY, September 26-28.

Fremont Community Theatre and Director Mitchell Antesky present the Drama Desk Award Winning musical “The Last Five Years”, with music, book and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, the 2014 Tony Award Winner for “The Bridges of Madison County”. This two-person musical explores the five-year relationship of a couple with a bit of a twist in the storytelling.

An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. The show’s unconventional structure consists of Cathy,  telling her story backwards while Jamie, tells his story chronologically; the two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show.

The reviews are in!
If you weren’t able to experience opening night, you have two more chances, this weekend only, to see the musical that will leave you moved. Overheard in the lobby after the show…

“What a treat to experience this!”

“A BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF THEATRE!”

“That was special!”

“There’s great complexity within it’s simplicity”

“I was just in awe over it from start to finish”

What a moving piece of theater. So glad that you brought it to life for FCT!

 

Monica Siesel  appears as CATHERINE HIATT: The character arcs from a woman stunned by a betrayal and a divorce that she is only beginning to understand to an ambitious, fresh-faced girl in a new relationship.

Adam Cox fills the role of JAMIE WELLERSTEIN: The character arcs from an ambitious guy on a promising first date with a dazzling career to someone who is blinded by success and ego. He is very lovable, yet makes unintentional choices that sabotages his own happiness.

The live music for this production will also feature a pianist, Ethan Mandeville and a string trio consisting of violin, Hilary Frater; cello, Daleen Askins: and string bass, Mick Wolf.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THIS PRODUCTION CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE AND SITUATIONS.  Due to licensing agreements with the author, FCT is obligated to perform the script as written.

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“Be My Baby” Cast Announced!

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Director Jan Wilcox and Asst. Director boB Ammanniti are pleased to announce the cast of the upcoming production of “Be My Baby” by Ken Ludwig:

Karyn Langley – Maude
Tim Bolton – John
Ember Ollom – Gloria
Brandon Wurgess – Christy
Mike Magnuson – Parson
Jeff Buchanan – Judge/Maitre d’
Scott Havice – Doctor
Cheryl Bolton – Mrs. Adams
Laura Buchanan – Stewardess/Waitress/Nurse
Latisha Fields – Social Worker/Attorney/Trendy Waitress

Congratulations to all!

Everyone else needs to mark their calendars now for November 14-16 and 21-23 to catch this fun cast!

COMING SOON: Ken Ludwig’s “Be My Baby”

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“BE MY BABY” tells the story of an irascible Scotsman and an uptight English woman, John and Maude, both in their late 50s, who are unexpectedly thrown together on the journey of a lifetime.  John and Maude are brought together when his ward marries her niece.  Then, when the young couple decides to adopt a new born baby, the older couple has to travel 6,000 miles to California to pick up the child and bring her safely home to Scotland.  The problem is, John and Maude despise each other.  To make matters worse, they get stranded in San Francisco for several weeks and are expected to jointly care for the helpless newborn.  There they form a new partnership and learn some startling lessons about life and love.

Ken Ludwig is the author of the much-beloved comedies “Leading Ladies”, “Crazy for You”, “Lend Me a Tenor”, “Moon Over Buffalo” among others.

Be My Baby premiered at the Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas in October 2005, starring Hal Holbrook and Dixie Carter, directed by John Rando.

The Fremont Cast Features:

Karen Langley – Maude
Tim Bolton – John
Ember Ollom – Gloria
Brandon Wurgess – Christy
Mike Magnuson – Parson
Jeff Buchanan – Judge/Maitre d’
Scott Havice – Doctor
Cheryl Bolton – Mrs. Adams
Laura Buchanan – Stewardess/Waitress/Nurse
Latisha Fields – Social Worker/Attorney
– Trendy Waitress

Presented through special arrangements with Samuel French, Inc., “Be My Baby” will run November 14-16 and 21-23, 2014.  Friday and Saturday evening performances are at 8:00 PM and Sunday matinees are at 2:00 PM.

To make reservations, call 419-332-0695 or to order online, visit http://www.fremontcommunitytheatre.org/?page_id=1604