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Black Box Theatre Presents Dark Thrilling Musical In Moline This Weekend

February 23rd, 2024
Black Box Theatre Presents Dark Thrilling Musical In Moline This Weekend

THE BLACK BOX THEATRE LAUNCHES THEIR 8TH SEASON WITH THRILL ME: THE LEOPOLD AND LOEB STORY The downtown Moline theatre, The Black Box, begin their 8th season with the chamber musical “Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story” with a book, music, and lyrics by Stephen Dolginoff. New for the theatre this year is a three-week run of each production. The musical stars Adam Cerny and Daniel Williams with Musical Direction by Ron May and Direction and Design by BBT co-founder and Artistic Director, Lora Adams. Based on the true story of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, dubbed “thrill killers”... Read More

Quad-Cities PBS Station WQPT Wins Regional Emmy Award

October 4th, 2023
Quad-Cities PBS Station WQPT Wins Regional Emmy Award

WQPT was honored on Saturday, September 30, 2023, at the Mid-America Emmy Awards, taking home a prestigious Emmy for their locally written and produced historical documentary, Snapshots: Your Dutch Friend. This documentary tells the story of how two young sisters, Juanita and Betty Wagner of Danville, Iowa became pen pals with Anne Frank and her sister Margo, just as Amsterdam was occupied by Nazi Germany on May 10, 1940. The letters that united these four young girls are now owned by the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, CA. The Station Museum in Danville, Iowa, is the only remote location... Read More

Moline’s Blackbox Theatre Holding Auditions For 2023 Shows Tonight

July 17th, 2023
Moline's Blackbox Theatre Holding Auditions For 2023 Shows Tonight

MOLINE, ILLINOIS – The Black Box Theatre is holding auditions for the remaining shows in their 2023 season on Monday, July 17 from 6 to 8. Bring photo and resume and be prepared to sing. Ron May will provide accompaniment and will music direct Thrill Me. Roles available: Suddenly Last Summer by Tennessee Williams Set in 1930s New Orleans, Suddenly Last Summer is a gothic melodrama with a shocking tale at its heart. In the grounds of a dark, troubled mansion, Mrs. Violet Venable prepares to host an explosive gathering. She idolized her son, Sebastian, who died in gruesome circumstances the summer... Read More

Illinois PBS Station WQPT Celebrating 40 Years Tonight

April 21st, 2023
Illinois PBS Station WQPT Celebrating 40 Years Tonight

MOLINE, ILLINOIS – WQPT, the locally owned and operated PBS station is getting ready to celebrate their 40th anniversary serving eastern Iowa and western Illinois.  The station is holding a Gala on April 21 at Old Oaks Winery in Milan and tickets are available to attend by visiting wqpt.org/40. Special Guests include Whitney Reynolds of “The Whitney Reynolds Show,” and Jim Mertens, host of “The Cities.” What began as a vision by a small group of dedicated citizens in 1983—with just four hours of daily programming—now reaches more than 800,000 viewers in Iowa and Illinois 24/7. Viewers... Read More

Moline’s Black Box Theatre Holding Auditions For ‘Natural Shocks’ TONIGHT

December 28th, 2022
Moline's Black Box Theatre Holding Auditions For 'Natural Shocks' TONIGHT

The Black Box Theatre, 1623 5th Avenue, Moline, is holding auditions for Natural Shocks by Lauren Gunderson December 28 – 6:00-7:30 pm or by video submission. Show is directed by Roger Pavey Jr. About the play: “Angela is trapped in her basement, waiting out an approaching tornado. Though a self-proclaimed unreliable narrator, she begins to reflect on a lifetime of trauma, illuminating the truth behind her endangerment. Based on Hamlet’s famous “To be or not to be “soliloquy, NATURAL SHOCKS is a damning condemnation of violence, abuse, and firearms in America.” – Dramatists... Read More

Illinois’ Black Box Theatre Holding Auditions For ‘All Is Calm’

September 12th, 2022
Illinois' Black Box Theatre Holding Auditions For 'All Is Calm'

Another round of auditions for the Black Box Theatre’s production of All Is Calm is scheduled for September 17 from 1:00 to 2:30. The all accapella sung musical is written by Peter Rothstein with vocal arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach and tells the story of The Western Front in World War I, Christmas, 1914. Out of the violence a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man’s Land singing “Stille Nacht.” Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, peace. A remarkable true story, told in the words and songs of the men who lived it. All Is Calm... Read More

WQPT, Illinois PBS, Debuting New Documentaries This Week

July 5th, 2022
WQPT, Illinois PBS, Debuting New Documentaries This Week

WQPT will air a number of documentaries by area filmmakers during July.  “One of the best parts of my job is working with filmmakers and finding documentaries that tell our area’s stories,” said Lora Adams, Director of Marketing and Local Content for the station. New to the lineup will be a film by Stephen Folker titled “Tragedy on Highway 74,” which tells the story of a Cedar County, Iowa business owner who was deputized to help track down robbers and lost his life. The film is scheduled for July 7 at 8:00 pm and will be followed by two short subject films by WQPT videographer Chris... Read More

Moline’s Black Box Theatre Holding Auditions For ‘Cyclone’ And ‘Calm’

April 26th, 2022
Moline's Black Box Theatre Holding Auditions For 'Cyclone' And 'Calm'

The Black Box Theatre is excited to bring two premiere’s to the area. Auditions for Ride the Cyclone and All Is Calm will take place in May. Ride the Cyclone is a musical with music, lyrics and book by Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell, and tells the story of the members of the St. Cassian High School chamber choir of Uranium City, Saskatchewan, who perish on a faulty rollercoaster called “The Cyclone”. Each tells a story to win the reward of a mechanical fortune teller — the chance to return to life.  The BBT production will be directed and choreographed by Shelley Cooper. Auditions... Read More

REVIEW: Black Box Latest is Haunting, Twisty Roller-Coaster Ride of Madness, Horror

April 12th, 2022
REVIEW: Black Box Latest is Haunting, Twisty Roller-Coaster Ride of Madness, Horror

The latest production at Moline’s intimate Black Box Theatre isn’t one necessarily to be enjoyed, but is a terrifying thriller – tailor-made for fans of suspense, mystery and horror. The whiplash-inducing, psychological roller-coaster “Veronica’s Room” (1973) truly puts the “black” in Black Box. Director and co-founder Lora Adams warns as much in her brief introduction to the exhilarating, hard-to-watch four-actor play by the demented genius Ira Levin (1929-2007) — author of “Rosemary’s Baby,” “Deathtrap,” “The Stepford Wives” and “The Boys From Brazil.” “I... Read More

Moline’s Black Box Theatre Unspools The Thrilling ‘Veronica’s Room’

April 8th, 2022
Moline's Black Box Theatre Unspools The Thrilling 'Veronica's Room'

The Black Box Theatre located in downtown Moline presents the thriller, Veronica’s Room by Ira Levin, this weekend. “Most people know Ira Levin for ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ and ‘Veronica’s Room’ is just as thrilling,” said director Lora Adams. The synopsis for the play states “This chilling mystery thriller by the author of Rosemary’s Baby explores the thin line between fantasy and reality, madness and murder. Students Susan and Larry find themselves as guests enticed to the Brabissant mansion by its dissolute caretakers the lonely Mackeys. Struck by Susan’s strong resemblance... Read More