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Davenport Junior Theatre Celebrating 70th Anniversary This Weekend

June 24th, 2022
Davenport Junior Theatre Celebrating 70th Anniversary This Weekend

For 70 years, Davenport Junior Theatre (DJT) has been making “theatre for kids, by kids.” America’s second oldest children’s theatre is right here in the Quad Cities and getting ready for a grand celebration for all to attend. “An arts organization does not magically stand the test of time,” said Daniel Sheridan, Development Director and former Artistic Director for Junior Theatre Incorporated. “The foundation of this program was built back in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s when our founder, Mary Fluhrer-Nighswander, rallied a community around the cause of kids learning to communicate... Read More

Davenport Junior Theater Presenting ‘Winnie The Pooh’ For Free This Weekend

October 13th, 2021
Davenport Junior Theater Presenting 'Winnie The Pooh' For Free This Weekend

“Winnie the Pooh” is stumbling and bumbling into Davenport Junior Theater this weekend — and all shows are free admission. The performances (at Nighswander Theatre, 2822 Eastern Ave.), will be Saturdays, Oct. 16 and 23 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., and Sundays, Oct. 17 and 24 at 3 p.m. Admission is free for everyone, first come, first served. Based on the novel published in 1926 by A.A. Milne, “Winnie the Pooh” tells the story of a lovable bear and his misadventures when his heart, and tummy, get too focused on honey. Mayhem ensues when two new animals arrive at the forest; Kanga and Roo.... Read More

Davenport Photographer Loves Capturing All the Feels On Stage and Life

March 20th, 2021
Davenport Photographer Loves Capturing All the Feels On Stage and Life

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! Jessica Sheridan loves to share the light, capture the light, and be the light. The bubbly, passionate 34-year-old Bettendorf native has a strong theatrical background and she’s consistently used her devotion to storytelling – on stage and off – to make a career as a professional photographer and theater artist. Sheridan graduated in 2008 from St. Ambrose University... Read More

Davenport Junior Theatre Tackles “Alice” for 8th Time, First Virtually

February 17th, 2021
Davenport Junior Theatre Tackles “Alice” for 8th Time, First Virtually

Can we ever get out of the rabbit hole? That eternal question is more relevant today than ever, as Davenport Junior Theatre (DJT) continues its 69th season with its second virtual production, “Alice in Wonderland,” directed by local theater artist Bobby Becher. Based on Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” (1865) and adapted by Daniel DP Sheridan, “Wonderland” is a timely story that speaks directly to the viral Wonderland we’ve all found ourselves in over the last year. “Alice in Wonderland” involves 24 students from around the Q-C area. The kids range from ages... Read More

Davenport Junior Theatre Grows in 70th Year – With New Podcast, Zoom Show, Classes and Plans for New Museum

January 16th, 2021
Davenport Junior Theatre Grows in 70th Year – With New Podcast, Zoom Show, Classes and Plans for New Museum

Saturday In The Arts is a comprehensive weekly feature looking at a trend, personality, or major subject involving the Quad-Cities arts and entertainment scene. While other Quad-Cities theaters remain closed, Davenport Junior Theatre continues its mission by serving students virtually and in person. Its new projects include a podcast, a second Zoom production in February, a new museum to open in May at the Annie Wittenmyer Complex, 2822 Eastern Ave., and plans for a big celebration following its 70th season, in summer of 2022. As always, DJT offers a stunning variety of theater and dance classes... Read More

Eleven Quad-Cities Cultural Groups Get $500K in New Iowa Funding

December 22nd, 2020
Eleven Quad-Cities Cultural Groups Get $500K in New Iowa Funding

Eleven cultural organizations and three artists in the Quad-Cities were among those to receive a share of $7 million in new grants announced Tuesday by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. A total of 267 cultural organizations and 152 artists serving 118 Iowa communities will get funding, made possible by the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, on Dec. 2. The department launched the Iowa Arts & Culture Recovery Program the same day and received more than 550 requests totaling more than $36 million by the Dec. 11 deadline. The list of recipients includes some of Iowa’s... Read More

Davenport Junior Theater Offering Winter Classes For Kids

November 29th, 2020
Davenport Junior Theater Offering Winter Classes For Kids

Davenport Junior Theater is offering a number of winter classes for creatively-minded kids, starting Nov. 30! Here’s a rundown of some of the offerings: Musical Theatre Ages 10+ Got dreams of being on the big (or small) screen? Whether acting in TV, film, or commercials, on camera acting takes a whole new set of skills and focus. Students will learn tips, tricks, and how to translate their theatre skills to create truthful, dynamic on-screen performances. Action! More info here. Beginning Ballet Ages 3-4... Read More

Davenport Junior Theatre Streaming ‘Snow White 2.Zoom: The Evil Queen Returns!’

November 14th, 2020
Davenport Junior Theatre Streaming 'Snow White 2.Zoom: The Evil Queen Returns!'

Davenport Junior Theatre is currently live streaming their latest masterpiece, Snow White 2.Zoom: The Evil Queen Returns in REAL TIME! Experience this Free Mainstage Show Streaming Live this Saturday Nov 14 at 4 p.m. and Sunday Nov 15 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at https://www.davenportjuniortheatre.org/, YouTube and Facebook pages. Inspired by the winner of our Student Play Competition, Julia Reagan’s The Evil Queen Returns, Snow Whit 2.Zoom is a celebration of all things Snow White. Hosted by DJT’s very own Showtime Pal, the show celebrates classic Snow White scenes all tied together by the band... Read More

Davenport Junior Theatre Zooms Into Virtual World With New “Snow White”

October 31st, 2020
Davenport Junior Theatre Zooms Into Virtual World With New “Snow White”

Saturday In The Arts is a weekly look at a personality, place, trend or topic of interest to the Quad-Cities. It runs every Saturday morning on your site for fun, free, local entertainment and features, QuadCities.com. It’s a brave new world at Davenport Junior Theatre – as the new artistic director is overseeing the first virtual production in the 69-year-history of the program. After 11 years, Daniel Sheridan was succeeded this year as artistic director of the nation’s second-oldest children’s theater by Ben Gougeon, a 43-year-old actor-director who is helming “Snow White 2.Zoom”... Read More

Davenport’s Junior Theater Debuting Online Classes This Week

May 31st, 2020
Davenport's Junior Theater Debuting Online Classes This Week

Davenport’s Junior Theater is bringing theatrical lessons to a computer near you this week! The local theater will be holding online classes starting June 1. The sessions will last for four weeks. Here’s the lineup and links for more info: Creative Movement Ages 3-6 This fun class helps to build locomotive skills essential to a strong dance foundation. Using imagination play students will learn to become different things and travel to far away places! Creativity and having fun is what this class is all about! More info here. Character Creation Ages 8-10 / 11+ Students will learn... Read More