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New Spotlight Theatre Teacher Boasts Varied, Impressive Background

January 14th, 2021

The newest children’s theater instructor at Moline’s Spotlight Theatre has traveled far and wide to pursue her passions – theater and history. Lily Maynard – a friendly 34-year-old who’s married to Quad City Arts executive director Kevin Maynard – grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. She earned her BFA in musical theater in 2011 and a master’s in history, both from Western Illinois University. Since her first appearance on stage in a Florida high school production of Stand and Deliver (1999), Lily has appeared in more than 50 productions — including Guys and Dolls, You’re... Read More

Quad-Cities Choreographer Loves Putting Spotlight on Kids

January 5th, 2021

Bethany Sanders is only 24 years old, but already has 21 years of dance experience  and is quickly gaining a reputation as a passionate teacher and choreographer. The Pleasant Valley High alum started taking tap and ballet lessons when she was 3 and hasn’t stopped moving since. “I absolutely loved it, and added theater to the game when I was 11,” Sanders said in a recent interview. After 5th grade, she started doing theater at Center for Living Arts in Rock Island, and her first musical was “Grease” in 2008, when she was 11, and she performed with Center for Living Arts through junior... Read More

‘Raise Your Glass’ With New Virtual Cabaret From Rock Island’s Circa ’21

December 23rd, 2020

Circa ‘21 is coming into your homes this New Year’s Eve with RAISE YOUR GLASS, an all new virtual cabaret experience! Join Circa for an unforgettable night with the famed Circa ‘21 Bootleggers, your favorite Circa ‘21 stars and a few special guests! The show will feature songs and segments from entertainers across the United States culminating with a virtual toast at Midnight (CST). The show begins at 11:00pm on New Year’s Eve and ends at Midnight. Join Circa for some New Year’s Eve fun and support the Quad City Area’s premier professional theatre! NYE Tickets: https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/44554 Other... Read More

Quad-Cities Can Check Out Favorite Circa ’21 Performers For ‘Home For The Holidays!’

December 15th, 2020

Stay in from the cold and celebrate this holiday season with Circa ’21! Join your favorite Circa ’21 performers, and some local Rising Stars, as they take you into their homes, and onto their favorite home-away-from-home, the Circa ’21 stage! This collection of heartwarming songs and exciting dance numbers is sure to get you in the holiday spirit like only Circa ’21 can. Virtual tickets start as low as $10, and can be purchased easily here! Until we can gather together again in person, please join us at Home for the Holidays. Streaming begins Saturday, December 19th at... Read More

Daughter of Beloved Music Guild Director Treasures Christmas Memories Ahead of 1st Holiday Since His Death

December 14th, 2020

Emma Benson spent two consecutive Christmas Eves hospitalized in Iowa City for anorexia. Now, the 29-year-old Sherrard native is preparing for her first holiday without her father and the baby boy he never got to meet. The former Emma Williams is one of three daughters of Bob Williams, the beloved Quad City Music Guild director who died suddenly Oct. 4, 2020 at 61, from a heart attack. Thirteen days later, Emma gave birth to her second child, Zeke, and she’s dealing with a lot of bittersweet emotions now. Benson recently posted on Facebook that between Covid and missing her dad, she felt like... Read More

Rock Island’s Circa ’21 Postpones January Show for January 2022

December 9th, 2020

At the close of a year that has very much gone wrong, Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse has made another difficult decision – to postpone its forthcoming comedy, “The Play That Goes Wrong,” from this January to January 2022. “With the explosion of Covid–19 cases in the last few weeks, and our governor reverting back to the restrictions of Stage 3, coupled with the huge post-Thanksgiving surge anticipated in the next 2 weeks, and the post-Christmas increase, it was abundantly clear we had to postpone the show,” Circa ‘’21 producer Denny Hitchcock said Wednesday. “Our main concern,... Read More

Mini-“Nutcracker” and Holiday Favorites Danced by Ballet Quad Cities

December 8th, 2020

In a normal holiday season, about 6,000 people would see Ballet Quad Cities’ “The Nutcracker” at Davenport’s Adler Theatre, including a free performance for area schoolchildren. But of course, 2020 is anything but normal – so a select, supremely fortunate 180 patrons are able to enjoy a new “Nutcracker in the Round” this month at The Outing Club, 2109 Brady St., Davenport. Due to the November Iowa restrictions for Covid prevention, a maximum of 15 guests are allowed to see the professional ballet company at one time, in a ballroom that can seat 500. Ballet Quad Cities originally planned... Read More

Pleasant Valley Theater Alums Share Experiences Before and Since Pandemic

December 5th, 2020

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. Samantha Pauly, a 2008 graduate of Pleasant Valley High School in Bettendorf, was set to co-star in one of this year’s most anticipated new musicals on Broadway, “Six.” A flashy, feminist retelling of the lives of the six wives of Henry VIII (as a high-tech pop concert), the show played a month of previews in New York City and was to open March 12 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.... Read More

“Double Threat” Women Excited to Start New Bettendorf Musical Theater Studio

November 30th, 2020

Starting a new business is always a risky, challenging proposition. Starting one during a pandemic and a holiday season adds another level of worry. But best friends Steph DeLacy and Megan Warren are fearless and super enthused. Seven months after launching their weekly “Double Threat” podcast about musical theater, DeLacy (a 33-year-old choreographer/dance teacher) and Warren (a 26-year-old music director/vocal coach) are extending their brand to the new Double Threat Studios. The performing arts studio at 882 Middle Rd., Duck Creek Plaza, in Bettendorf, will open in early January, aiming... Read More

Davenport Junior Theater Offering Winter Classes For Kids

November 29th, 2020

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