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Augustana College Special Virtual Reading Reunites Sarah Ruhl and Her Mother

August 14th, 2020

As many theaters and musicians nationwide have moved performances online, the Mississippi Bend Players at Augustana College is salvaging part of its canceled summer season, by offering a virtual reading Friday, Aug. 21, of playwright Sarah Ruhl’s deeply personal “For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday.” (The performance originally was scheduled for Aug. 14, but was postponed after power outages this week. Tickets for the original date will be honored on Aug. 21. Patrons who are unable to attend on the new date, and who would like a refund, should contact the Ticket Office.) Filled with Quad-Cities... Read More

For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday

August 12th, 2020

Mississippi Bend Players is proud to present a virtual reading of Sarah Ruhl’s play, For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday this Friday Aug 14 at 7:30 p.m. Filled with Quad Cities references and memories of the past, Ruhl lovingly wrote the piece which explores life, death and the allure of never growing up for her mother, Kathleen Kehoe Ruhl. MBP is thrilled that Kathleen will be reprising the role she inspired in this one-night only presentation which will be followed by a Q & A session with the cast and playwright Sarah Ruhl. To sign up for this livestream today, visit https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=116366.... Read More

10 Fun Things To Do Week of August 9th: Hot Air Balloons, Floatzilla, Live Music and MORE!

August 9th, 2020

QuadCities.com proudly presents FUN10, a list of the top 10 things to do in the Quad Cities this week, and every week! Every Sunday, we’ll drop a new FUN10, to give you a head start on your week and a heads up on what’s going on over the coming seven days. Check out FUN10 every Sunday for the details on ten awesome events happening around town. It’s a cool read, and a great way to get started planning your entertainment for the week. As the current health situation in our country continues to force the cancellation of so many regularly scheduled events in the Quad Cities, we are once again... Read More

Moline’s Music Guild Cancels Season For The First Time In 72 Years

April 22nd, 2020

For the first time since 1949, the sweet sound of music will not play in Prospect Park. Quad City Music Guild became the latest arts organization to cancel its summer 2020 season, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it announced Wednesday. Following a March 13 decision to cancel the planned spring show, “The Secret Garden,” at Music Guild’s April 21 board meeting, they decided to cancel the three summer productions (all already cast) – “Spamalot,” “Mamma Mia!,” and “Matilda.” “Our hope is to bring you these three shows, along with our previously canceled spring production, ‘The... Read More

Rock Island’s Genesius Guild Theatre Cancels Summer Season

April 21st, 2020

Joining the chorus of Covid-related theater closings, Rock Island-based Genesius Guild on Tuesday afternoon announced it is canceling its planned 2020 season.  “This is a decision that none of us took lightly – we have not canceled a season since the Genesius Guild started in 1956 – but we feel that it is the right call,” the nonprofit posted on Facebook.  “This decision protects the health of our audience, our cast who would begin rehearsing together in the next month, and our crew, who would have needed to begin working in the upcoming weeks to get the stage ready for the season to... Read More

Coronavirus Crisis Claims More Theatrical Victims

April 17th, 2020

Theaters in the Quad-Cities and nationwide are canceling spring and summer shows, due to Covid-19. The latest response to the global pandemic is the Augustana College-based Mississippi Bend Players (MBP), which is shelving its 2020 season. Jackie McCall is in her first year as MBP producing artistic director, and this was to be the fourth season for the professional summer-stock company. It planned to start rehearsals for Neil Simon’s “Broadway Bound” June 7, with performances June 19-28 at Brunner Theatre Center, Rock Island. “When we just looked at ahead at what could happen,... Read More

Big River Will Take You On An Enjoyable Journey

June 28th, 2018

Take a trip down the Mighty Mississippi with the newest production from the Mississippi Bend Players! Big River is now playing at the Brunner Theatre Center at Augustana College (3757 7th Avenue Rock Island). The show has three performances left: Friday Jun 29 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday Jun 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Jul 1 at 2 p.m. To purchase tickets for any of the remaining performances, visit https://www.mississippibendplayers.com/. Hurry, because seats are going fast! Big River’s characters, plot and themes are based on Mark Twain’s beloved novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. It proves... Read More

Zombie Prom Shambling Into Augie’s Brunner Theater

July 7th, 2017

A new Quad Cities-based theatre company, the Mississippi Bend Players, is kicking off their three summer-stock presentations at Augustana College’s Brunner Theatre Center with “Zombie Prom” this weekend! “Zombie Prom” is a 1950s horror comic book brought to life as a musical comedy by John Dempsey and Dana P. Rowe. This campy, rollicking romp takes the audience through America’s Atomic Age and the Golden Age of horror comic books. This production will be performed on July 8-9, July 14-16 on Brunner Main Stage at Brunner Theatre Center, located at 3750 7th Avenue Rock Island. Ticket... Read More

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