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Written by Tyson Danner   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 16:04

Having completed its 2013-14 season with the acclaimed production of True West, Davenport's QC Theatre Workshop is gearing up for its third season of performances with two exciting and funny presentations: the Tony Award-winning comedy 'Art,' running August 15 through 30, and Bat Boy: The Musical, with auditions for the October show taking place on July 26.

Translated by Oscar winner Christopher Hampton from the original French play by Yasmina Reza (author of 2009's Tony champ God of Carnage), 'Art' is a biting and hilarious exploration of male camaraderie, competitiveness, and ego. Reza's comedy revolves around the purchase of an enormous white painting, with white lines, that threatens the relationship of three longtime friends: Serge, who can't grasp his pals' disapproval of his new artwork; Marc, who can't fathom the $200,000 purchase of an all-white painting; and Yvan, who can't understand why everyone can't just get along.

Described by the New York Times as “very funny” and “an impeccably tailored piece of work,” 'Art' received the 1998 Tony for Best Play and went on to run for 600 performances. The show was also produced by the area's Curtainbox Theatre Company in 2010, and the QC Theatre Workshop's Artistic Director Tyson Danner is delighted that the cast for that production – Adam Michael Lewis, Aaron Randolph III, and Mike Schulz – is returning, in their original roles, for this new take on 'Art.'

“At the Workshop, we are incredibly lucky to attract such stellar performers show after show,” says Danner, “and these guys were all eager to reunite. I can’t wait for our audiences to see what a riot they will be!”

Each member of the show's acting trio is already acquainted with the Workshop venue: Lewis appeared there in the Prenzie Players' 2013 production of Two Gentlemen of Verona; Randolph was the author of last summer's original drama A Green River; and Schulz performed in the company's springtime presentation of True West.


But while this stage reunion is taking place with the full support of 'Art''s Curtainbox director Dave Furness and producer Kimberly Kurtenbach Furness, Danner – who will direct the Workshop's production– stresses that the season-opener is not simply a remount of a previous area presentation.


“I am glad we can offer this play to our community again. Having been out of the area during the previous production, I’m looking forward to leading the production with a fresh perspective,” says Danner. “Plus, ‘Art’ will take place exactly two years after our first production, and it couldn’t be a better match. I love that we get the chance to produce this comedic flip-side of RED.”


'Art' will be staged at the QC Theatre Workshop (1730 Wilkes Avenue, Davenport) from August 15 through 30. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday performances are at 3 p.m., and due to occasional strong language, the show is recommended for mature audiences.


Meanwhile, three weeks prior to 'Art''s opening, the theatre will host auditions for its October production (performance dates TBA) of the off-Broadway smash Bat Boy: The Musical, which will take place at the Workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 26.


Loosely based on the notorious Weekly World News story about a half-boy/half-bat who was discovered living alone in a cave, Bat Boy is the hysterical, clever, and surprisingly touching tale of a strange young creature and the townsfolk who despise him – a genre-bending hit that led the New York Times to rave, “It's remarkable what [this show's] intelligent wit can accomplish.”


James Fairchild, from last fall's Workshop production of Last Call: The Songs of Stephen Sondheim and director of the District Theatre’s A New Brain, will direct Bat Boy. Roles are available for male and female actors of all ages and types, with most characters open to the double- (and even triple- ) casting of performers. Those auditioning should be prepared to read from the script, and should prepare 32 bars, or one verse and chorus, of either a pop-rock song or an up-tempo musical-theatre selection. No monologues will be required, but those auditioning should come prepared to tell a joke.


As with the Workshop's eight previous productions, both 'Art' and Bat Boy: The Musical will be presented under the company's popular “Pay What It's Worth” policy, which allows patrons to determine their own ticket prices following each performance.


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Bat Boy: The Musical auditions

Saturday, July 26, 1 – 3 p.m.


'Art' performances

Friday, August 15, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 16, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 17, 3 p.m.


Friday, August 22, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 23, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 24, 3 p.m.


Friday, August 29, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 30, 7:30 p.m.


QC Theatre Workshop

1730 Wilkes Avenue, Davenport, Iowa, 52804


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SPAMALOT will open new District Theatre location PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tristan Tapscott   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 15:35
Rock Island's District Theatre is excited to announce they will be moving to a new location in time for their production of SPAMALOT!
“As we continue to grow we also want to be able to give our audiences the atmosphere they deserve. This move allows us to take our first step in that direction as we work with the city to create a playing space that will take us to the next level in our evolution as a theatre,” said Artistic Director Tristan Tapscott. He added, "It also takes us back to the vibe we had when this whole things started in 2008. You will see a variety of configurations for the playing space itself and a more intimate atmosphere."
The theatre is working hand in hand with Renaissance Rock Island on the new location and on future plans for the theatre. Board member Deb Shippy added, "We are thrilled to be working with city on this and couldn't be more pleased with everyone at Renaissance Rock Island."
“The timing couldn’t be more perfect,” said Board President Matt Mercer. “We have wanted to have a safer space for our performers and a more elegant space for our patrons and supporters and this move - only a few doors down from our current location - allows us to do just that.”
Though this relocation will not expand on the number of seats available or the stage itself, but the other amenities make the move the right move at this time.
The building - located at 1623 2nd Ave - formerly housed The Grape Life and allows for more storage, dressing rooms for the actors, a small shop and other necessities for the theatre. The new location is located just a few doors down from the theatre's current space, directly across from Bennigan's and next to Midcoast Fine Arts.
Monty Python's SPAMALOT will be the first show in the new location when it opens August 1! Details on the grand opening and a few changes in the season schedule will be announced soon!

‘Young Frankenstein’ Brings Hilarity to Life at TLP PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Beaudry   
Monday, 30 June 2014 14:39

MOUNT CARROLL, IL -- Timber Lake Playhouse will present the local premiere of The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein beginning Thursday, July 3. From the award-winning team that brought The Producers to international acclaim, this monster musical comedy, which runs through Saturday, June 28, is a dizzy, lavish and fast paced re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend based on Mel Brooks' classic comedy film masterpiece. Former Artistic Director Brad Lyons returns to Mount Carroll to direct the hilarity starring TLP’s professional company from all over the country.

The story follows bright, young Dr. Frankenstein (that's Fronkensteen), played by TLP favorite Cody Jolly, as he attempts to complete his grandfather's masterwork and bring a corpse to life. Together with his oddly shaped and endearing helper Igor (that's Eye-gor), played by Matt Webb (Patsy in last year’s Spamalot), his curvaceous lab assistant Inga (Lexie Plath), and in spite of his incredibly self-involved madcap fiancé Elizabeth (Allison Hunt), Frankenstein succeeds in creating a monster (Blake W. Price)-- but not without hilarious complications from Frau Blucher (Analisha Santini), Inspector Kemp (Grant Brown), the villagers of Transylvania Heights and, of course, Irving Berlin’s “Puttin’ on the Ritz.”

Enthusiasts of the film have plenty of new surprises to look forward to in the stage adaptation. And musical comedy fans will be in heaven with the new, high-energy songs and riotous dances including “Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend,” “Roll In Ze Hay,” and “Together Again—For The First Time.” The production also features some “shocking” visual effects as well as spectacularly “monstrous” choreography by Cameron Turner (Spamalot).

There are only 11 chances to see Young Frankenstein. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. (except July 4, July 6 and July 7). Wednesday and Sunday matinees are at 2:00 p.m. There is a 3:00 pm matinee on Saturday, July 5. Tickets are $17 for students, $21 for seniors, $23 for single seats and are available at the Timber Lake Playhouse box office, 815-244-2035, or

TLP’s Do Something Spectacular: Live The Story campaign continues with Young Frankenstein through the help of Happy Tails Humane Society in Rock Falls, Illinois. Happy Tails operates Whiteside County's only animal shelter.  They are a limited-intake, no-kill facility that shelters and cares for stray and abandoned dogs and cats until they are adopted into loving, permanent homes.  They promote pet adoption and humane education in the region. At each performance of Young Frankenstein, audiences will have an opportunity to help “save the creature!”

This program is partially sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council through federal funds from the National Endowment For The Arts.

CAST to open Wizard of OZ on July 3rd PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Clinton Area Showboat Theatre   
Monday, 30 June 2014 13:58

Perhaps one of the best known of all films, the 1939 musical fantasy The Wizard of Oz has become part of American popular culture. The Clinton Area Showboat Theatre will present its stage version of The Wizard of Oz beginning July 3rd. Kansas farm girl Dorothy Gale dreams of what life might be like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and soon finds out when a tornado takes her to “The Merry Old Land of Oz”.

The part of Dorothy will be played by Carly Ann Berg. In her second season aboard the Showboat, Carly has already performed in The Taffetas as Cheryl and as Winnie in Annie Get Your Gun. Robert Rice will bring the Scarecrow to life. A junior at Southeast Missouri State University, Robert is pursuing his B.A. in theatre with a dance minor. Caleb Jernigan, recently seen as Chief Sitting Bull in Annie Get Your Gun, will be the Tin Man. The role of Lion will be performed by Heather Baisley. Heather played Peggy in The Taffetas and Annie in Annie Get Your Gun. In his second season aboard the Showboat, Nathan McHenry, who was Frank Butler in Annie Get Your Gun and Jenna Haimes (Kaye in The Taffetas and Dolly in Annie Get Your Gun), will play major roles which won't be revealed in advance! Jalen Lee will be Uncle Henry, having just completed the role of Buffalo Bill.

A former 3-year intern at the Showboat, Carolyn Hopkins has returned to Clinton from Orange City, Iowa, after completing her first year as a theatre major at Northwestern College. She will play the roles of Auntie Em and Glinda. Returning for her second year as an intern, Hailey Goble is a 2014 graduate of Camanche High School. Hailey will perform as Miss Gulch and the East Witch.

The ensemble for The Wizard of Oz includes: Chris Bruhn (Clinton), Matt Espey (3rd year intern and senior at Clinton High), Clayton Melvin (freshman at Central DeWitt), Jake Hopson (freshman at Iowa State University), Alice Lind (3rd year intern and senior at Clinton High), Kate Struble (intern and freshman at Clinton High), Daxx Jayroe Wieser (musical theatre major at Oklahoma City University), and Kayla Zeimet (2nd year intern and junior at Central DeWitt).

No production of The Wizard of Oz would be complete without Munchkins. Ranging in age from 3 to 13 and from several area communities, the Munchkins include: Brittany Costello, Avery Lynn Davis, Avery Findlay, Ellanore Foltz, Hannah Guilinger, Nathan Hopkins, Paige Lower, Larissa Rose Lesniewski, Vanessa Lesniewski, Gabrielle Mooney, Kira Shaff, Addison Shaw, Marie Shaw, Abby Struble,and Kami Zeimet.

CAST's production of The Wizard of Oz is being directed by Producing Artistic Director Tommy Iafrate. Returning to the Showboat as Musical Director is Laurie Lewis. She has been the Director of Music at MacMurray College for three years. The talented creative team also includes: Choreographer Zachary D'antonio, Scenic Designer Steven P. House,
Lighting Designer Cassie Mings, Costume Designer Jenna Damberger, Stage Manager Nicole Frechette, Assistant Stage Manager Seth Kieser and Kayla McKay, Assistant Director/Dramaturg.

The Wizard of Oz opens at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre on July 3rd at 7:30pm, followed by a reception. On July 4th there will be a special performance at 6:30pm, ending before the fireworks display. Performances continue at 7:30pm on July 5,10,11,12,17 and 19. Afternoon performances at 3pm take place on July 6,9,13,16 and 20. Tickets cost $23, $20 for seniors and $16 for students and children. The CAST box office is open 11am to 4pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11am to 7pm on Thursdays through Saturdays and noon to 4pm on Sundays. Tickets may also be purchased online at or by calling 563-242-6760.

The 2014 CAST season will continue with Wonderful Town (July 24-August 2) and Alice in Wonderland (August 8-17) .

There are still openings available in two theatre camps for children entering grades 1 to 8. Camp Oz is Monday through Friday, July 7 to 18 from 9am to noon, costing $85. Camp Wonderland is August 4-13th for just $75. Registration is available on line or at the box office. (Scholarships available).

Every Saturday at noon CAST’s Intern Company offers Theatre for Children. This year’s shows include: A Very Clinton Variety Show, The Beginning of Armadillos, and A Sour Study in Lemonade. Tickets are only $5 and are available at the door.

Announcing Auditions for "The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Megan Flanagan   
Monday, 30 June 2014 09:14


Youth Entering Grades 4-12 Encouraged to Audition for September Production

Young Footliters invites youth entering grades 4-12 to audition for the September 12-14 production of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, adapted by Joseph Robinette from the C.S. Lewis novel and directed by Matt Falduto. Auditions are Wednesday, July 9 and Thursday, July 10 from 6pm-8pm in the lower level of the Coralville Public Library.

Those interested in auditioning should sign up for an audition slot by visiting or  Auditioners may prepare a short monologue or be prepared to do a cold reading from provided scripts.  Auditions are competitive; Young Footliters will cast as many children and teens as feasible but cannot guarantee all will be cast.

Performances are at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.  The participation fee will be $40 per actor.


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