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Quad-Cities Theaters Tackle Thorny Issue of Diversity and Inclusion

October 9th, 2021
Quad-Cities Theaters Tackle Thorny Issue of Diversity and Inclusion

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! How do you solve a problem like diversity in live theater? From Broadway to the Quad-Cities, theatrical organizations of all kinds are wrestling with this thorny issue, now more than ever. Long before the widespread racial reckoning that’s taken place nationwide in the past 17 months (post-George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Black Lives Matter, which has only intensified),... Read More

‘Little Shop Of Horrors’ Creeping Into Moline’s Spotlight Theatre This Weekend

September 24th, 2021
'Little Shop Of Horrors' Creeping Into Moline's Spotlight Theatre This Weekend

A new Spotlight Theatre production of the beloved musical, “Little Shop of Horrors” is creeping into the Moline theater this weekend! Directed by Spotlight co-owner Brent Tubbs, and starring Jacob Johnson as Seymour and Becca Johnson (no relation) as Audrey, the Alan Menken/Howard Ashman musical is a dream come true for all three. It opens tonight, Friday, Sept. 24 at 1800 7th Ave., Moline. Based on a Roger Corman B-movie, non-musical cult classic (1960), in the 1982 off-Broadway hit, the meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” —... Read More

Moline’s Spotlight Actors and Director Devouring the Delights of New “Little Shop of Horrors”

September 22nd, 2021
Moline's Spotlight Actors and Director Devouring the Delights of New “Little Shop of Horrors”

This week is special in more ways than one for the cast and crew of a new Spotlight Theatre production of the beloved musical, “Little Shop of Horrors.” The portentous prologue to the funky, campy, black comedy begins: On the twenty-first day of the month of September In an early year of a decade not too long before our own The human race suddenly encountered a deadly threat to its very existence And this terrifying enemy surfaced as such enemies often do In the seemingly most innocent and unlikely of places… Directed by Spotlight co-owner Brent Tubbs, and starring Jacob Johnson as... Read More

Spotlight Theatre Shines Focus on Family Friendly Fare in 2022

July 13th, 2021
Spotlight Theatre Shines Focus on Family Friendly Fare in 2022

Moline’s Spotlight Theatre (1800 7th Ave.) will lean into its niche as a premier family-friendly theater for 2022, as four of its five musicals are based on stories aimed at children. “We love doing shows the whole family can come to,” Spotlight co-owner Sara Tubbs said Tuesday. “ ‘The Producers’ is geared more PG-13, but everything else is super family friendly. We have kids shows too; we will be announcing those fairly soon. We just think it’s great to bring your kids and experience theater together.” After this fall’s “Little Shop of Horrors” and December’s “The Sound... Read More

REVIEW: Moline’s Spotlight Shines Major Happiness With Sweet “Charlie Brown”

June 12th, 2021
REVIEW: Moline’s Spotlight Shines Major Happiness With Sweet “Charlie Brown”

Sixteen months after the Spotlight Theatre staged its last major musical, it’s provided the pitch-perfect, post-pandemic production – “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Simple, sweet, nostalgic – both exuberantly childlike and loaded with the weight of the world on its young shoulders – the beloved 1967 musical based on the classic “Peanuts” characters has deeply resonated with me my whole life. First, I’m sure like many socially awkward boys, I always closely identified with the title “Everyman” role. Charlie Brown is the cartoon reflection of “Mister Cellophane” (from... Read More

Boisterous “Charlie Brown” Cast at Moline’s Spotlight Loves Being Back on Stage

June 1st, 2021
Boisterous “Charlie Brown” Cast at Moline’s Spotlight Loves Being Back on Stage

Happiness is…getting back to doing a major musical at the Spotlight Theatre after far too long. Nearly 16 months after staging its last musical, “The Wedding Singer,” the Spotlight (1800 7th Ave., Moline) will open the beloved “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” on Friday, June 4. It’s especially meaningful for Ian Sodawasser – who premiered in Spotlight’s first show, in October 2018, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” and directed his first show with “Wedding Singer” in February 2020. “It’s a dream role,” he said Monday of playing Snoopy for the Peanuts musical, who... Read More

Spotlight Theatre Plans “Charlie,” “Little Shop,” “Sound of Music” To Round Out 2021

April 14th, 2021
Spotlight Theatre Plans “Charlie," "Little Shop,” “Sound of Music” To Round Out 2021

The Spotlight Theatre, 1800 7th Ave., Moline, will present the popular musicals “Little Shop of Horrors” (Sept. 24 – Oct. 3) and “The Sound of Music” (Dec. 3 – 12) to round out a strange, abbreviated 2021 season. Fifteen months after staging its last mainstage musical (“The Wedding Singer”),  the Spotlight will return June 4 to open a new production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” for six performances over two weekends. Directed by Brent Tubbs and music directed by Mason Moss, the show cast will feature: Charlie Brown: Noah Hill Snoopy: Ian Sodawasser Schroeder: Adam... Read More

Moline Spotlight’s ‘Shakespeare’ Running Through March 28

March 26th, 2021
Moline Spotlight's 'Shakespeare' Running Through March 28

In its first complete mainstage production in a whole year, the Spotlight Theatre, 1800 7th Ave., Moline, will perform the madcap “Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” through March 28. “This abridged cast of Jeremy Mahr, Amelia Fischer, and Brent Tubbs are sure to give the audiences a much needed laugh,” the Spotlight posted on its Facebook page, noting its first full production was from the Reduced Shakespeare Company “abridged” repertoire in 2018, so “we thought this would be the perfect show to bring us back.” The rapid-fire Shakespeare riffs on all 37 of the... Read More

Moline’s Spotlight Theatre Enjoying a Rare Commodity – Happiness

March 23rd, 2021
Moline's Spotlight Theatre Enjoying a Rare Commodity – Happiness

Happiness is…opening your first main show in over a year; starting a new jazz duo in a new intimate bar, planning for your first musical in far too long, and a new film series in the soaring theater space… The super talented husband-and-wife pair of Sara and Brent Tubbs – who own Moline’s Spotlight Theatre are pretty giddy at their recent good fortune. Last month, Sara (a veteran singer and actress) brought her new jazz lounge act with pianist/singer Mason Moss to christen the opening of the new Blueprint Bar and Lounge, in a previously unused (and totally renovated) room off the Spotlight... Read More

After More Than a Year, Moline’s Spotlight Stages Its First Full Show

March 16th, 2021
After More Than a Year, Moline’s Spotlight Stages Its First Full Show

After more than a year dealing with Covid shutdowns, some much needed laughter may be the best medicine after all. Thirteen months after its last mainstage production, Moline’s Spotlight Theatre is opening the madcap comedy, “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]” on Friday, March 19, at 7 p.m. Performances – featuring Spotlight co-owner Brent Tubbs with Jeremy Mahr and Amelia Fischer – will be this weekend and next, with seating limited to 50 audience members at most in the 500-plus seat theater. The Spotlight, in the former Scottish Rite Cathedral at 1800 7th... Read More