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Augustana College Department of Theatre presents Macbeth Tonight Through Sunday

November 11th, 2021
Augustana College Department of Theatre presents Macbeth Tonight Through Sunday

The Augustana College Department of Theatre presents Macbeth on November 11-14, 2021. All performances will take place on the Brunner Theatre Main Stage Theatre. Thursday-Saturdays performances are at 7:30 p.m., Sunday’s performance is at 1:30 p.m. One of Shakespeare’s most powerful and enduring works, “Macbeth” is a fast-moving classic that explores the nature of ambition and guilt, love and loss, the past and future, and the price one couple is willing to pay in order to achieve their dreams. By William Shakespeare, and directed by Dr. Jennifer Popple.“This is a collaborative... Read More

Augustana College Department of Theatre Presenting ‘Miss Nelson is Missing!’ the Musical

October 6th, 2021
Augustana College Department of Theatre Presenting 'Miss Nelson is Missing!' the Musical

The Augustana College Department of Theatre presents Miss Nelson is Missing! the Musical on October 9 and 10, 2021 at 1:30 PM. The uncontrollable children of Room 207 are in for a surprise when Miss Nelson goes missing and is replaced by Viola Swamp, a no- nonsense substitute who assigns piles of homework! The students learn lessons of appreciation and respect, but will they ever get their beloved Miss Nelson back? Based on the well-loved children’s books by Harry Allard and James Marshall. Book, music and lyrics by Joan Cushing, and directed by Jackie McCall. “We’re so excited that... Read More

Rock Island-based Fresh Films Works With Kids Nationwide on Learning TV & Movie Biz

September 18th, 2021
Rock Island-based Fresh Films Works With Kids Nationwide on Learning TV & Movie Biz

Saturday in the Arts is a weekly feature covering a trend, subject, event or personality of local interest. It runs every Saturday morning on your site for the best entertainment and arts coverage in the area, QuadCities.com! Caval Spearman, Jr., a high school senior in Chicago, has been involved in making short films since he was 14. He even started his own media production company three years ago and a YouTube channel. So it was natural for the talented, intense teen to join his first Fresh Films experience this past summer, a free program based at Augustana College that gives high schoolers... Read More

New $18-Million, 52,000-Square-Foot Center for Health and Human Performance Opens At Augustana

August 30th, 2021
New $18-Million, 52,000-Square-Foot Center for Health and Human Performance Opens At Augustana

The new 52,000-square-foot Peter J. Lindberg, M.D., Center for Health and Human Performance at Augustana College not only stands at Rock Island’s intersection of 7th Avenue and 35th Street, but stands at a key intersection of academics and athletics. The gleaming $18-million building was celebrated and opened Monday morning, on the first day of classes for the 2021-22 year at the private school. The Lindberg Center’s primary objective will be to prepare graduates for health-related careers requiring a major in kinesiology or public health. Kinesiology, derived from the Greek word for movement,... Read More

Augustana College Theatre Announces New Shows For 2021-22 Season

August 24th, 2021
Augustana College Theatre Announces New Shows For 2021-22 Season

Rock Island, Illinois – The Augustana College Department of Theatre announces its lineup of productions for the 2021-22 season, which will include more performances than in previous years. Main stage productions take place in the Kim and Donna Brunner Main Stage Theatre and are directed by Augustana College professors. Studio productions are largely student produced and take place in the Heidi Honkamp Myhre Black Box Theatre. The Augustana College Department of Theatre Arts offers a major and minor in theatre arts with a choice of emphasis in performance, musical theatre, design and technology... Read More

Augustana Junior Becomes First Student Director at Moline’s Black Box Theatre

August 19th, 2021
Augustana Junior Becomes First Student Director at Moline’s Black Box Theatre

The new production at the Black Box Theatre, 1623 5th Ave., Moline, features a quartet of the Quad-Cities’ most talented, experienced actors in a tense, psychological thriller, and it’s helmed by an enthusiastic, dedicated student director. That’s a first for the downtown Moline, 60- seat space, in its fifth season. “Murder in Green Meadows” – which opens Thursday night — stars James Driscoll, Jenny Winn, Jonathan Grafft and Lora Adams, directed by Jacqueline Isaacson, a junior theater major at Augustana College (from the Rockford area). She’s majoring in musical theater and... Read More

Mississippi Bend Players Streaming ‘Mary And Ethel’ Through Aug. 8

August 7th, 2021
Mississippi Bend Players Streaming 'Mary And Ethel' Through Aug. 8

Due to the abridged past summer season, there’s a good chance you may have missed the small, stellar offerings of Mississippi Bend Players, the professional regional theater at Augustana College, Rock Island. Well, you are in luck, as one of the three shows in the 2021 season (which only ran for one weekend apiece) will have a virtual encore, “Mary and Ethel: How I Learned to Sing.” “Mary and Ethel: How I Learned to Sing” will stream through Aug. 8. Conceived and performed by Shelly Cooper with musical arrangements by Mason Moss, the show pays homage to two of the great muses... Read More

Rock Island’s Mississippi Bend Players Offer Virtual Encore of Two Shows

July 27th, 2021
Rock Island's Mississippi Bend Players Offer Virtual Encore of Two Shows

Due to the abridged past summer season, there’s a good chance you may have missed the small, stellar offerings of Mississippi Bend Players, the professional regional theater at Augustana College, Rock Island. Well, you are in luck, as two of the three shows in the 2021 season (which only ran for one weekend apiece) will have virtual encores, with online screenings of “Mary and Ethel: How I Learned to Sing” and “No Child…” “Mary and Ethel: How I Learned to Sing” will stream through Aug. 8. Conceived and performed by Shelly Cooper with musical arrangements by Mason Moss, the show... Read More

BREAKING: Rock Island’s Augustana College First in Nation to Offer New “Income Insurance”

July 20th, 2021
BREAKING: Rock Island’s Augustana College First in Nation to Offer New “Income Insurance”

BREAKING NEWS: Augustana College is the first in the nation to partner with Degree Insurance and offer “income insurance” for new students who transfer to Augustana. This effort involves Degree Insurance’s flagship insurance product, American Dream Insurance (ADI), the private Rock Island school announced Tuesday. The Transfer Student Income Assurance Program is a pilot program in which 20 new transfer students are guaranteed the average income for their academic field for the first five years after graduating from Augustana. “This is yet another great reason for transfer students to... Read More

Last Chance To See Excellent ‘No Child…’ At Rock Island’s Brunner Theatre Today

July 11th, 2021
Last Chance To See Excellent 'No Child...' At Rock Island's Brunner Theatre Today

Sydney Chatman and Jalyn Greene know what it’s like to teach theater to minority, inner-city students. So the African-American women are a natural pair to direct and act, respectively, the one-woman show “No Child…,” which is the last Mississippi Bend Players production this summer. It runs through Sunday at Augustana College’s Brunner Theatre Center, 3750 7th Ave., Rock Island. “No Child…” (written and premiered in 2006 by Nilaja Sun) follows the story of Miss Sun, a visiting teacher who uses theatre as a means of connecting with students in the New York City public school system.... Read More