Fleetwood Community Theatre kicks off its 32nd season of performances with “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales” at the Fleetwood Middle School Stage on Feb. 8 and 9.
Based on the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, this mini musical by John Glore will either have you laughing or guffawing at the turn of tales. Sometimes the classics need a little refresher, and when you add a dose if stupid but fun humor, the characters get pushed and pulled a little extreme. A group of 18 students will bring these zany tales to life. For tickets call 484-793-0918.
Taking the stage in the spring is the Tony Award winning “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” This musical, about an elementary level spelling bee, introduces us to six students all trying to get to the National Spelling Bee and their families as well as to the Bee Coordinator, a slightly impulsive Vice Principal, and one very unsympathetic Sympathy Counselor. As the kids, and the audience participants, are slowly eliminated out of the competition, we are left only two. What is the final word? Who wins the coveted prize and what becomes of the students after the Bee? FCT will be dual casting for this production – one cast with adults playing all the roles and one cast of students playing each character. Shows are planned for mid May 2019 with auditions to happen in February for this fun musical.
Breaking with tradition, the summer show is not a musical, but a continued story of a comedy FCT produced in 2016, and they are taking us back to Tuna, Texas for an Independence Day celebration. “Red, White, Tuna” is the second play in a “Tuna” trilogy. It is another satirical romp into the hearts and minds of the citizens of the fictional 3rd smallest town in Texas. Back for the story are all the favorite Tuna citizens and a few new Tuna townspeople who crash a 4th of July High School Class Reunion. Join FCT back in the land where the Lions Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. Hitting the stage mid-July, look for the audition announcement in April.
FCT has revised their longtime dinner event, giving it a whole new spin on a favorite fundraiser. The waiters, waitresses, and kitchen staff are the performers at “Tacos & Tunes” happening one Saturday night in the fall of 2019. This is a great night of great food and marvelous entertainment. It is a perfect opportunity for each performer to step into the spot light and be a leading man or lady. Come for a show, and choose your menu. A nice Tex-Mex menu is being planned, and the award winning salad bar that everyone loves from the Spaghetti & Song stays. FCT plans to offer vegetarian and gluten-free options at this event when requests are made in advance.
Closing out the 2019 FCT season is a holiday favorite, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” Planned for Dec. 6 and 7, this hilarious Christmas classic portrays a duo struggling to put on a church’s Christmas pageant and are challenged with casting the most inventively, awful kids in history. You won't believe the mayhem - and the fun - when the Herdmans collide with the Nativity story head on! A large cast features a crowd of children and many of their parents. A great show for all ages on stage and in the audience, auditions will take place in September 2019.
Fleetwood Community Theatre is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) volunteer organization of theatre lovers and 2019 will be their 32nd season. FCT is committed to the education and development of their membership within the theatre arts program by offering opportunities to all ages both on-stage and behind the scenes. As an outlet of quality musical, dramatic and ensemble productions, it encourages and supports local youth to pursue performing arts opportunities through school, church, collegiate or other local productions.
Fleetwood Community Theatre Board of Directors are Micah R Wentzel, President; Tara Sands, Vice President; Melissa Kopicz, Secretary; Charlene Schlegel, Treasurer; and Ken Dreistadt, Marketing Chairman.