“The Foreigner” Cast List


Menomonie Theater Guild is thrilled to announce the cast of The Foreigner!

Froggy: Bill Burkett
Charlie: Dan Zabrowski
Betty: Jean Kussrow-Larson
David: Erik Evenson
Catherine: Sydney Labron-Fahl
Owen: Steven Collie
Ellard: Kevin Tharp

Thank you to all of the very talented folks who came out to audition!


Show Times:

Friday, October 13, 2017 7:30 PM

Saturday, October 14, 2017 7:30 PM

Sunday, October 15, 2017 2:00 PM

Friday, October 20, 2017 7:30 PM

Saturday, October 21, 2017 7:30 PM

Sunday, October 22, 2017 2:00 PM

Show Location:

Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts

205 Main Street E.
Menomonie, WI 54751

Ticket Info:

$13 (plus ticketing fee)- Students/Seniors/Military

$15 (plus ticketing fee)- Adults

Please view “Purchase Tickets” section of website for more information on buying tickets!

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“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” Opens Thursday, August 17th at 7:30PM!


25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is the show to see this summer, boasting an incredible line up of performers such as local stars Jeffrey Peterson, Nathan Libby, Kiara Carlson, Hannah Jones, John DiSalle, and Rachel Ropella. Plus newcomers who are sure to be the newest stars of the Chippewa Valley: Kory Stuemke, Aaron Selly, and Lyndzi Bignell!

If you like adults playing pubescent children at a spelling bee, penis jokes, and laughing till you can’t breathe, then you will enjoy this unbelievably fun musical!

Four audience members will even be lucky enough to compete in the bee onstage with the cast! Just look for the bee host taking volunteers before the show.

This show will be the inaugural show for the new theater built inside the Menomonie Theater Guild studio! You CANNOT miss it.

Find ticket buying information here!


Show dates and times:

August 17th, 18th, at 7:30pm
August 19th at 2:00pm and 7:30pm


Directed by Kelan Smith

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Missoula Children’s Theater Experience Coming Soon with “Peter and Wendy” musical show.


Missoula Children’s Theater Experience is a rehearsal process that culminates in weekend performances of an original Missoula Children’s Theater musical. Your child will participate in a group audition. A minimum of 50 children will be selected from the audition and will be given a role, rehearse and perform in the show. Children must be entering 1st-12th grade.

The show the children will be performing will be performing the musical “Peter and Wendy” and it will be performed at the historic Mabel Tainter. Show Tickets may be purchased now but a participation fee for the week-long experience will not be collected until a successful audition has occurred on August 21st.


Registration Fee:

$75 for the first child and $52.50 for each additional sibling (30% discount).

Registration and payment will take place in-person on August 21st. Participation fee will only be collected upon successful audition and acceptance into cast.

A limited number of need-based partial and full scholarships are available by contacting Dan Soler, Executive Director at mtg.dansoler@gmail.com. Scholarships may be (and are recommended to be applied for ahead of time) but do not guarantee acceptance into program until after successful audition.

Open Group Audition and First Rehearsal:

August 21, 10am-12pm: Audition at MTG Studio (502 W 2nd St. in Menomonie)

August 21, 12:15-2:15 pm: First rehearsal in which only specific cast members 8-18 will be asked to attend.


August 22-24 at the MTG Studio.

August 25 at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 Main St. E in Menomonie).

Rehearsal times will vary by age and role. Rehearsals will be held between the hours of 10am-2:15pm. A rehearsal schedule will be provided on Aug. 21 after acceptance into the program.


August 26th at 3pm and 5:30pm at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts.






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2017-2018 Mainstage Season: Auditions and Show Times.


Please note all auditions and rehearsals will take place at our studio (502 W. 2nd ST. in Menomonie) and all performances will be at The Mabel Tainter (205 E. Main St. in Menomonie)

The Foreigner:


Tuesday, August 22nd or Wednesday, August 23rd from 7pm-9pm.

Call Backs (if needed): Thursday, August 24 7-9pm

Show Times:

Friday, October 13, 2017 7:30 PM

Saturday, October 14, 2017 7:30 PM

Sunday, October 15, 2017 2:00 PM

Friday, October 20, 2017 7:30 PM

Saturday, October 21, 2017 7:30 PM

Sunday, October 22, 2017 2:00 PM


“The foreigner is a laugh out loud, fast paced, cleverly written comedy with a surprise ending. It’s set in the deep south (Georgia) in an off the beaten path small town resort where an Englishman (the foreigner) finds himself stuck in some awkward situations with a variety of colorful southern characters, all of which help him (the foreigner) discover that he is capable of more than he ever imagined. ”

A Charlie Brown Chistmas:


Monday, October 9th or Tuesday, October 10th, 6-8pm.

Callbacks (if needed): Wednesday, Oct. 11th, 6-8pm.

Show Times:

Friday, December 1, 2017 7:30 PM

Saturday, December 2, 2017 2:00 PM

Saturday December 2, 2017 7:30 PM

Sunday, December 3, 2017 2:00 PM

Friday, December 8, 2017 7:30 PM

Saturday, December 9, 2017 2:00 PM

Saturday, December 9, 2017 7:30 PM

Sunday, December 10, 2017 2:00 PM


“The classic animated television special A Charlie Brown Christmas comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation, in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang discover the true meaning of Christmas.”



Monday, December 11th at 6pm or Tuesday, December 12th at 6pm.

Call backs (if needed): Thursday, December 14th at 6pm.

Show Times:

Friday, February 23, 2018 7:30 PM

Saturday, February 24, 2018 2:00 PM

Saturday, February 24, 2018 7:30 PM

Sunday, February 25, 2018 2:00 PM

Friday, March 2, 2018 7:30 PM

Saturday, March 3, 2018 2:00 PM

Saturday, March 3, 2018 7:30 PM

Sunday, March 4, 2018 2:00 PM


“Sondheim’s game-changing musical is a sophisticated and honest look at modern adult relationships. On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor, Robert, contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks and even a wedding, his friends – “those good and crazy people [his] married friends” – explain the pros and cons of taking on a spouse. The habitually single Robert is forced to question his adamant retention of bachelorhood.”

The Glass Menagerie:


Monday, March 5, 2017 or Tuesday, March 6th, 2017 from 6pm-8pm.

Callbacks: None are anticipated at this time.

Show Times:

Friday, April 27, 2018 7:30 PM

Saturday, April 28th, 2018 2:00 PM

Saturday, April 28, 2018 7:30 PM

Sunday, April 29, 2018 2:00 PM

Friday, May 4, 2018 7:30 PM

Saturday, May 5, 2018 2:00 PM

Saturday, May 5, 2018 7:30 PM

Sunday, May 6, 2018 2:00 PM


“Tom Wingfield has a story to tell; a story of sacrifice for his sickly sister Laura.  A story of frustration with his controlling mother Amanda.  A biographical story of Tennessee William’s own family filtered through Tom’s memory, if you trust how he remembers it.  An instant classic that launched a career, The Glass Menagerie is woven around these flawed, relatable characters and their struggle the leave the past behind while it holds them to their impoverish life in St. Louis.”

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MTG Performances of “An Author’s Luncheon” less than 2 weeks away from opening!

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Children at our theater camp, which just began this past Monday (August 19), have been working hard to get a fantastic show prepared for the community.

“An Author’s Luncheon” will showcase these children’s talents and delight the audience.

Performances will be at our studio location (502 W. 2nd St. in Menomonie). Tickets can most conveniently be purchased online by going to http://www.menomonietheaterguild.org and selecting the purchase tickets option and then clicking the link to our ticket portal. In addition, you may also purchase tickets by calling our box office (715-231-7529) or stopping in during business hours (Tuesday-Friday, 11am-3pm). Tickets are $8 for students/seniors/military and $10 for adults.

Performances are Friday, June 30th at 7pm, Saturday, July 1st at 7pm, and Sunday, July 2nd at 2pm.

Synopsis of show: “Four historical storytellers (The Brother’s Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson, Charles Perrault, and Beatrix Potter) bridge the gap through time to share their works-in-progress over a formal afternoon luncheon. Watch as some of your favorite children stories come to life! Stories include Little Red Riding Hood, Peter Rabbit, Sleeping Beauty, and more!”

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Audition Details: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”


Come audition for one of the funniest musicals ever written!

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience.

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.

A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius. The small cast and unit set make this a perfect option for high schools or community theatres. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a fast-paced crowd pleaser and an instant theatre patron favorite.



Chip Tolentino: An athletic, social, boy scout and champion of the Twenty-Fourth Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, he returns to defend his title, but he finds puberty hitting at an inopportune moment. (Age range: 15-up) (Vocal range: Tenor)

Logainne Schwartzandgrunenierre: Logainne is the youngest and most politically aware speller, often making comments about current political figures. She is driven by internal and external pressure, but above all by a desire to win to make her two fathers proud. She is somewhat of a neat freak, speaks with a lisp, and will be back next year. (Age range: 15-up) (Vocal range: Mezzo-soprano)

Leaf Coneybear: The second runner-up in his district, Leaf gets into the competition on a lark and finds everything about the bee incredibly amusing. He is home-schooled and comes from a large family of former hippies. He has severe Attention Deficit Disorder and spells words correctly while in a trance. (Age range: 15-up) (Vocal range: Tenor/Baritone)

William Barfee: A Putnam County Spelling Bee finalist last year, he was eliminated because of an allergic reaction to peanuts and is back for vindication. His famous “Magic Foot” method of spelling has boosted him to spelling glory, even though he only has one working nostril and a touchy, bullying personality. He develops a crush on Olive. (Age range: 15-up) (Vocal range: Tenor)

Marcy Park: A recent transfer from Virginia, Marcy placed ninth in last year’s nationals. She speaks six languages, is a member of all-American hockey, a championship rugby player, plays Chopin and Mozart on multiple instruments, sleeps only three hours a night, hides in the bathroom cabinet, and is getting very tired of always winning. She is the poster child for the Over-Achieving Asian, and attends a Catholic school called “Our Lady of Intermittent Sorrows.” She is also not allowed to cry. (Age range: 15-up) (Vocal range: Mezzo-soprano)

Olive Ostrovsky: A young newcomer to competitive spelling. Her mother is in an ashram in India, and her father is working late, as usual, but he is trying to come sometime during the bee. Having found comfort in its words and vastness, Olive made friends with her dictionary at a very young age, helping her to make it to the competition. She starts enormously shy, and shyly blossoms. (Age range: 15-up) (Vocal range: Mezzo-soprano)

Rona Lisa Peretti: The number-one realtor in Putnam County, a former Putnam County Spelling Bee Champion herself, and the returning moderator. She is a sweet woman who loves children, but she can be very stern when it comes to dealing with Vice Principal Panch and his feelings for her. Her interest in the competition is unflagging and drives it forward. (Age range: 30-50) (Vocal range: Mezzo-soprano)

Douglas Panch: The Vice Principle. Frustrated with his life, he finds the drive of the young spellers alien to him. After five years’ absence from the Bee, Panch returns as judge. There was an “incident” at the Twentieth Annual Bee, but he claims to be in “a better place” now, thanks to a high-fiber diet and Jungian analysis. He is infatuated with Rona Lisa Peretti, but she does not return his affections. (Age range: 30-up) (Vocal range: DOES NOT HAVE TO SING)

Mitch Mahoney: The Official Comfort Counselor. An ex-convict, Mitch is performing his community service with the Bee, and hands out juice boxes to losing students. He has no idea how to offer comfort, but does find himself wishing he could find a way to make the kids feel better. (Age range: 18-up) (Vocal range: Tenor)


Carl Dad: Schwarzy’s main trainer, the more intense and competitive of Schwarzy’s fathers. (Age range: 18-45) (Vocal range: Baritone)

Dan Dad: the more laid back and ineffectual of Schwarzy’s fathers. (Age range: 18-45) (Vocal range: Baritone)

Jesus Christ: Deity invoked by a speller in need. (Age range: 15-50) (Vocal range: DOES NOT SING)

Olive’s Dad: A fantasy version of Olive’s dad coming to the bee from work. (Age range: 18-45) (Vocal range: Tenor)

Olive’s Mom: A fantasy version of Olive’s mom at her Ashram in India. (Age range: 18-45) (Vocal range: Mezzo-soprano)


All auditions will be held at the Menomonie Theater Guild Studio (502 2nd St W, Menomonie, Wisconsin 54751).


June 26th at 7PM,
June 27th at 7PM.

(Only need to come to one.)


June 28th at 7PM.


August 17th, 18th, and 19th at 7:30pm. August 19th at 2:00pm.

Directed by Kelan M. Smith

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