The community got involved in the November Southern Door School production of Mary Poppins, which put one of the largest casts of students and adults in recent memory onto the stage at Southern Door Community Auditorium.
For the next year, the school’s auditorium will host more community entertainment than it has in years, said former principal Cory Vandertie. It all starts with lighthearted comedy on Dec. 16, with Christmas Bingo: It’s a Ho-Ho-Holy Night.
“It’s from the writers of Late Night Catechism out of Chicago so we’re really excited to wrap up this calendar year with that show on Dec. 16 in the auditorium at 7 pm,” Vandertie said.
Other events include a free family movie night, “Lyle, Lyle Crocodile“, with complimentary snacks on Jan. 6; Let Me Be Frank Productions’ Two and a half Belgians as part of their 25th anniversary tour in February; the band Copper Box in March; and a homegrown show in April, SING, Door County!, featuring juniors and seniors from throughout the county in a singing competition, with judges and audience participation in voting.
The auditorium’s lineup continues each month in 2024, and can be found at southerndoorauditorium.org.
“Between Dec. 16 of 2023 and Dec. 14 of 2024, we’ll have 13 organized events for the community,” Vandertie said.
He said the district and auditorium have had great support from sponsors and donors, but some of the events featuring touring groups might require ticket prices in tiers such as $12, $15 and $18.
“Compared to the early 2000s, performance fees have significantly increased and without our sponsors, we wouldn’t be able to get our ticket prices to where we’re at,” Vandertie said.