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Richmond Hill in Geneseo Re-Opens Thursday After Over Year and a Half Intermission

August 3rd, 2021
Richmond Hill in Geneseo Re-Opens Thursday After Over Year and a Half Intermission

It’s been an especially long, hard road to reopening live theater for Geneseo’s Richmond Hill Players and company veteran Jennifer Kingry. She last directed at RHP for “The 39 Steps” in August 2019 and was in the midst of rehearsing the comedy “Becky’s New Car” in March 2020, when Covid-19 shut everything down. The Barn Theatre is finally opening their long-awaited 2021 season with John Patrick Shanley’s 2014 romantic comedy, “Outside Mullingar” – directed by Kingry – with performances Thursdays through Sundays, Aug. 5-15, in Richmond Hill Park, Geneseo, within a week of... Read More

REVIEW: Thrilling, Energetic “Newsies” at Countryside Worthy of a Pulitzer in Performance

August 2nd, 2021
REVIEW: Thrilling, Energetic “Newsies” at Countryside Worthy of a Pulitzer in Performance

It’s hard to go wrong with “Disney’s Newsies: The Musical.” But that doesn’t mean at all that it’s easy to get right. The glorious, massive show – given an expert, exhilarating production by Countryside Community Theatre – is a classic “underdog vs. topdog” battle. Scrappy, poor, relentlessly tenacious newspaper carriers (the newsies) go on strike after the cold, conniving, egomaniacal publishing titan Joseph Pulitzer hikes the cost they must pay to sell copies – in a bid to boost his bottom line. In the pre-broadcasting days, circa 1899, newspapers were THE king of communication... Read More

Cambridge Summer Community Theater Program Starts Tuesday with “Tom ‘n’ Huck”

August 2nd, 2021
Cambridge Summer Community Theater Program Starts Tuesday with “Tom ‘n’ Huck”

On Tuesday, Aug. 3rd, Cambridge’s College Square Park will be the site of a summer theater performance of Craig Sodaro’s “Tom ‘n’ Huck,” starting at 7:30 p.m. The play is the first performance of a summer community theater program, thanks to the support of the summer AIM Program through the Henry Stark Bureau Regional Office of Education. The AIM Program has been a part of Cambridge Schools for over five years, but this is the first public play. Admission is free to the public. The story revolves around the irrepressible Tom Sawyer, his best buddy Huck Finn, and many other beloved... Read More

Quad City Music Guild Debuting ‘Matilda’ Next Weekend

August 2nd, 2021
Quad City Music Guild Debuting 'Matilda' Next Weekend

Quad City Music Guild will present “Matilda: The Musical” August 6-7-8 & 12-13-14-15, with shows Thur-Fri-Sat at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Prospect Park Auditorium, Moline. Tickets are Adult $16 / Child $11. Call 309-762-6610 or visit qcmusicguild.com for reservations now! Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life.... Read More

Western Illinois University Dance Faculty Member Travels the Midwest to Watch Students’ Summer Performances

August 2nd, 2021
Western Illinois University Dance Faculty Member Travels the Midwest to Watch Students' Summer Performances

For Western Illinois University Dance Instructor Donald Laney, investing in the professional lives and summer performances his students are involved in this year is a trait he learned as a young child. Laney has spent much of his time this summer putting many miles on his car, traveling to watch the shows WIU students are performing in across the Midwest. The journey started after Laney spent six weeks this summer teaching at the West Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts. At about the same time, he began seeing photographs on social media of the shows his students were part of. “I... Read More

Moline’s Playcrafters Holding Auditions For ‘You Can’t Take It With You’

July 31st, 2021
Moline's Playcrafters Holding Auditions For 'You Can't Take It With You'

Playcrafters Barn Theatre is hosting auditions for our upcoming production of “You Can’t Take It With You”, directed by Vicki Deusinger, which will run November 12-14 and 19-21. Auditions will take place August 7th from 2-4PM and August 8th from 4-6PM at Playcrafters (4950 35th Ave Moline, IL), for casting information visit bit.ly/3i6Y2gu This show is rated “PG” and will feature 7 females and 12 males, those coming out to audition should be prepared to cold read from the script and will have possible callbacks after the Sunday auditions. If you’re interested in helping out... Read More

Davenport’s Mockingbird On Main Presenting ‘Marceline: A Love Story’

July 30th, 2021
Davenport's Mockingbird On Main Presenting 'Marceline: A Love Story'

Join Davenport’s Mockingbird On Main September 25 for MARCELINE: A LOVE STORY, a very special evening focused on Walt Disney’s beloved boyhood hometown of Marceline. Come meet the Creative Director of the Walt Disney Hometown Museum, Peter Whitehead, as he takes us on a journey through Walt’s childhood growing up in the heart of the American mid-west. Peter will shine a spotlight on the intimate connections that link this small Missouri town to Walt’s life and his incredibly creative career. MARCELINE- A Love Story Saturday, September 25 Presentation begins at 8pm Doors... Read More

Countryside Community Theatre Drops ‘Newsies’ This Weekend, Offers Workshop For Kids Saturday

July 30th, 2021
Countryside Community Theatre Drops 'Newsies' This Weekend, Offers Workshop For Kids Saturday

Countryside Community Theatre will continue their 39th season with the energetic and exhilarating Disney’s Newsies! Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Disney’s Newsies! is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right! Featuring a Tony Award winning score with music by the acclaimed Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Little... Read More

REVIEW: New Davenport Mockingbird Theater Scales Thrilling Mountain in Debut

July 30th, 2021
REVIEW: New Davenport Mockingbird Theater Scales Thrilling Mountain in Debut

One of the absolute thrilling joys of theater is not only how it brings fictional characters to life, but illuminates the intimately human struggles and triumphs of well-known, real-life icons. The Quad-Cities premiere of “The Mountaintop” – an emotional, haunting reimagining of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last night on earth – is an extraordinary example. The 90-minute, two-person Katori Hall play debuted Thursday night at the new Mockingbird on Main, a beautiful, 40-seat cabaret at 320 N. Main St., Davenport, created by Tristan Tapscott and Savannah Bay Strandin. The mood before... Read More

Get ‘Shakespeared’ At Moline’s Black Box Theatre Saturday Night

July 30th, 2021
Get 'Shakespeared' At Moline's Black Box Theatre Saturday Night

Those crazy lads and ladies of The Late Nite Show are back with “Shakespeared” at The Black Box Theatre in downtown Moline on 5th Avenue. Improvisers present an all-new “lost” play by William Shakespeare. Blending classic iambic pentameter and vernacular vulgarity, this show is hilarious, not high brow. Come hither, peasants! Rated R for Raucous. Tickets are $10 online at theblackboxtheatre.com or get them at the door. Beverages available for a donation. So, come one, come all to “Shakespeared” July 31 at 7:30 pm.  Read More