Christian Fronckowiak (b. October 8, 1995) appeared in The Christmas Wish, the inaugural production of the newly-reopened Beacon Theatre, and appeared in A Midsummer Night's Dream as "Nick Bottom." While currently the executive producer of the Jerry Sanders podcast, Fronckowiak received a Proscenium Choice Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance as "King Pellinore" in Camelot. His theatre credits include Titanic, Children of Eden, and The Twenty Fifth Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Additional web-based projects include Neighbors & Lemonade, The Sarah & Christian Moments, and the long-running Christian Fronckowiak Web Show on Blip.TV.
2004-2009: "This Old Hammer", NYSSMA, A Day in the Summer
In September of 2004, Christian Fronckowiak, as a member of the Fishkill Plains Elementary School 4th Grade Chorus, made his debut live performance. He performed in choirs from 2004 through 2013, as an alto, then baritone, then second tenor, then first tenor and soloist.Fronckowiak sang in Dutchess County's Music Educators' Association's All County Chorus in 2009, and in 2010, where he sang in a group solo as part of the choral premiere of Marc Kaplan's arrangement of the folk song, "This Old Hammer." Both performances in 2009 and 2010 were archived and are available on CD and DVD. Fronckowiak sang "This is my Box," an excerpt from Gian Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors for the Annual NYSSMA Vocal Solo Evaluation in Spring 2011, for which he received a perfect score of 90 out of 90 on a Level 6 Evaluation.
In November 2008, Fronckowiak read the role of Mr. Van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank and in March of 2009, Julian Northrup in Paul Osbourne's On Borrowed Time. In May 2010, he played the role of "King Hrothgar" in a staged reading of Beowulf & Grendl. He read the role of "Walter Lee Younger" in A Raisin in the Sun (in December 2010), and "Sir Andrew Aguecheek" in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (in April 2011). Fronckowiak read the role of Mr. Gilmer in a staged reading of The Trial of Tom Robinson, based on the trial in To Kill A Mockingbird. The reading took place throughout the first week of May 2011. In September of that year, he played Professor Willard in a reading of Our Town. In 2011, he read the role of the leader in Oedipus the King.
Fronckowiak costarred alongside Chelsea Piazza in the short-lived reality series, A Day in the Summer, which aired on YouTube.com, for which he won the 2009 Carlo Award for Outstanding New Online Personality. The series totaled six episodes in June 2009. The seventh episode, labeled "The Lost Episode," served as a series finale in December of 2009. Returning to web television in August 2009, What A Life! was short-lived like its predecessor. Featuring Fronckowiak alongside Joey Tamas, it ran five episodes over two seasons, ending two months later. For his appearances on What A Life!, he received a Carlo Award nomination for Outstanding Continuing Performance by an Online Personality in 2009. Fronckowiak returned in Real Entertainment. While initial viewership was moderately strong, it was ended due to casting problems.
2010-2012: The Christian Fronckowiak Web Show, Neighbors & Lemonade, Camelot
In April 2010, Fronckowiak made his stage debut, playing the role of Herbert J. Pitman in a school production of Peter Stone and Maury Yeston's Titanic and appeared as a storyteller the following year in Stephen Schwartz's musical drama, Children of Eden. Fronckowiak made his regional theatre debut in Fourth Wall Productions' revival of The Christmas Wish, playing the role of Tommy the Toy Soldier. The production ran December 3-18, 2011 at The Beacon Theatre in Beacon, NY. He appeared as a member of the cast of a musical revue, titled Songs For Alec on March 24, 2012, which also featured his four year old niece, Ava, in her stage debut, as a balloon child. He also portrayed the character of 'King Pellinore' in Lerner & Loewe's musical, Camelot, in April 2012, for which he received positive reviews, as well as two 2012 Proscenium Choice Award nominations for "Best Supporting Actor" and "Biggest Laugh" for his performance, winning the latter.
Fronckowiak starred in his own reality series on Blip.TV entitled, The Christian Fronckowiak Web Show, beginning in March of 2010. All episodes were syndicated via iTunes. Featuring Fronckowiak along with an assortment of individual guests, 84 episodes aired over four seasons before the series ended in January of 2011 over mutual terms. In 2010, Fronckowiak received his second nomination for a Carlo Award for Outstanding Continuing Performance by an Online Personality for the series. In July 2009, Fronckowiak narrated and directed the short, On The Tour Bus, for which he was nominated for a 2009 Carlo Award for Outstanding Direction of a Short Film, Distributed Over The Internet. In December 2009, Fronckowiak appeared as the Narrator in the miniseries, The Princess and the Queen: A Play in One Act. On July 8, 2009, Fronckowiak directed and narrated the short, On the Tour Bus, which was shot on location on an actual tour bus. In May of 2010, Fronckowiak appeared in Technical Updates.
In September 2010, Fronckowiak starred in the web-television comedy, Neighbors & Lemonade, as Dennis McRichardson. Despite initial high ratings, the series ended after eight episodes. Fronckowiak won the Carlo Award for Outstanding Performance in a Comedy Special/Series, Distributed Over The Internet for his role as Dennis McRichardson, and followed with The Sarah & Christian Moments. Cast opposite Sarah Purtill, the series proved to be a hit, especially when compared to Neighbors. All episodes were written by Purtill and directed by Fronckowiak. The series ended its second season on September 27, 2011. Twenty-two episodes aired in total. In 2010, Fronckowiak won two Carlo Awards for his contributions to the series. In addition, he was nominated in the category of Outstanding Direction of a Series, Distributed Over The Internet. In May 2011, he portrayed the title character in the short, To The Pirates and Rapists of the World, From Charlie Slipper.
Fronckowiak starred in And It's Starting To Get On My Nerves, playing the role of a bed-rested patient in the doctor's office, with the audience playing the role of a visitor. In January of 2012, Fronckowiak directed, wrote and played the title character in his FunnyOrDie debut film, Howie's Obssession With Christmas Music, for which he received four Carlo Awards, and two FunnyOrDie badges. Fronckowiak returned to FunnyOrDie.com with a nine minute tutorial video, Multiple Choice Questions, a video in which Fronckowiak alongside Andrew Englert, prepare students for their English final exams. The video premiered on June 6, 2012. In May 2013, Fronckowiak began producing the "Jerry Sanders Podcast" on YouTube.
2012- Present: A Midsummer Night's Dream
On April 28, 2012, Fronckowiak sang in an All-State Level NYSSMA Solo Evaluation and received a perfect score out of 90 for his performance of Leonard Bernstein's "A Simple Song" from MASS, as well as an additional score of 10 out of 10 for the sight reading portion of the evaluation, totaling a perfect score of 100 out of 100 possible points to be received. Under the direction of Dr. Steven Paparo, he sang as a part of the Area All State Mixed Choir in November 2012. In fall 2012, Fronckowiak was accepted in Conference Allstate Mixed Chorus. The ensemble gave the World Premiere performance of Stephen Paulus' "Serenade to Music." as part of their performance, under the direction of Dr. Rollo Dilworth on December 2, 2012.
Fronckowiak made his Shakespearean debut as Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream in December 2012, and received positive reviews for his performance. In April 2013, he played the lead role of "Vice Principal Douglas Panch" in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. In February 2014, Fronckowiak began producing a new series, You Be The Judge! with Eliza Sanders.