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Is Colonel Davenport's home haunted? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by M. McNeil   
Monday, 31 October 2011 14:39
Rock Island Junior High afterschool students are going to try and figure out if Colonel Davenport’s home is really haunted

JUST IN TIME FOR HALLOWEEN--Students in the Lights on for Learning program at Edison Junior High are performing the play entitled, “IS THE JOINT HAUNTED?”, this Friday, October 28th at 1:45 pm in the school gym.

On July 4, 1845, Colonel George Davenport of Rock Island was murdered in his home by robbers looking for gold and paper money. The Davenport Mansion was the first fine home built in the area.  In the years that followed, it fell into disrepair. Eventually the home was saved by a not-for-profit group, the Col. Davenport Historical Foundation, a group founded to save and restore the historic house. Because Davenport died a violent death, many have long wondered whether the house might be haunted. Recently, a local paranormal society decided to investigate.
This play is the story of how that investigation went and is written by local playwright, John O’Shea, a former Assistant States Attorney for Rock Island County and as Corporation Counsel for the City of Moline, IL. O'Shea is the author of thirteen published plays.  He retired in January of 2000 after serving twenty six years on the bench. Don has been active in Community Theater since 1967, as an actor, singer, director, producer and playwright.

Since retirement from the bench, he has directed plays at Edison Jr. High School, and Alleman High School in Rock Island, IL; Seton Jr. High in Moline, IL; and at Sherrard High School, in Sherrard.  He has also directed community theater at the Quad City Music Guild, and for the Riversong Players.  Don is also a paid political op ed writer for the Moline Dispatch and Rock Island Argus newspapers, where his opinion pieces appear twice each month.

The media is invited to attend the play and interview O’Shea, the Lights ON students who participate in the after school drama club and their teachers.

WHO:  Edison Junior High Lights ON Drama Club
WHAT:  O’Shea play, “Is The Joint Haunted?”
WHEN: , Friday October 28, 2011 at 1:45 pm
WHERE:  Edison Junior High 4141 9th Street    Rock Island

Charlotte's Web PDF Print E-mail
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Written by M. McNeil   
Monday, 17 October 2011 15:01

The Moline High School Theatre Department is producing the popular children’s story, Charlotte’s Web, at the end of this month.  But, this is not the typical Charlotte’s Web high school production.

Members of the cast are taking weekend lessons at the Actors Gymnasium in Evanston, Illinois (Noyes Cultural Arts Center), a school for circus and performing arts (, in order to learn aerial movement on hanging silks.  This acrobatic endeavor is very much like Cirque du Soleil style-movement, with moments of storytelling in the production that are communicated solely through this “dance in the sky.”  Students will also incorporate other circus elements, including silk scarves, juggling, bike riding, and dancing. Charlotte, the spider, will be move on a lyra—a suspended hula hoop in the middle of the stage—throughout the show while the play’s four narrators will help her ‘spin her webs’ through imaginative dances on the hanging silks.   The other animals will each have their own circus flair, including Templeton, the rat, who will be making his entrances on wheels—skateboards, scooters, and various bikes.

Moline High School Theatre’s 2011-2012 season, titled The Soaring Imagination, is off to a skyrocketing start with this Fall production.  The students are learning to fly—physically, emotionally, intellectually and creatively.


The Turn of the Screw to Haunt District Theatre in November PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lora Adams   
Friday, 14 October 2011 11:34

ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS – Lora Adams and Steve Lasister star in Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of The Turn of the Screw, the classic ghost story by Henry James, running November 11 – 20.  The Turn of the Screw will be directed by Patti Flaherty.   The production is a limited run at The District Theatre in Rock Island and is being produced by Adams and Tristan Tapscott.

The play premiered at the Portland Stage Company in Portland, Maine in January 1996 and James’ story has been described as “the quintessential ghost story.” The story is told from the perspective of the Governess, which leaves the audience to wonder how accurate her story is. She claims she sees visions of the former governess and her lover and she is determined to save the children in her care from these ghostly visitors whom she perceives want to possess the children. It is interesting to note, that more than a century later there is a debate whether the ghosts are real or imagined and if the governess is mad.

“I have been wanting to produce this piece for a while but I was unable to secure a venue and one night while Tristan and I were working at Circa on ‘Nana’s Naughty Knickers’ he told me that I could put it up at The District Theatre in November, and here we are,” said Adams. “Lora and I have worked on productions together in the past and this was a perfect opportunity to add another production to the calendar at the District Theatre,” said Tapscott.  Tapscott was instrumental in securing Steve Lasiter for the production since Mr. Lasiter will be performing in “Chicago” and “Rocky Horror” at the District Theatre.

“What makes this adaptation so interesting is that Lora plays the Governess while Steve Lasiter portrays all of the other characters,” said director Flaherty.

Flaherty directed Adams in the one-woman play “Bad Dates” several years ago at New Ground Theatre. “After ‘Bad Dates’ I knew Patti would have the right temperament to take a piece like this and make it work,” said Adams.

The Turn of the Screw with play November 11, 12, 15, 18 and 19 at 7:30 pm and November 13 and 20 at 2:30 pm. Admission is $20 general admission, $18 Seniors (60+) and $15 students. The District Theatre is located at 1611 2nd Avenue, Rock Island, IL 61201. Reservations can be made by calling 309-235-1654.  More information can be found at

What: The Turn of the Screw by Jeffrey Hatcher

Where: The District Theatre, 1611 - 2nd Avenue, Rock Island 16201

When: November 11, 12, 15, 18 and 19 at 7:30 pm and November 13 and 20 at 2:30 pm

Admission: $20 general admission, $18 Seniors (60+) and $15 students

Reservations: 309-235-1654 or

2 "Carmen" performances in Muscatine next weekend & "Nutcracker" tickets on sale now! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joedy Cook   
Friday, 14 October 2011 11:27
Two more chances to see "Carmen" and "Delicatessen"next weekend at the Muscatine Center for the Performing Arts, 901 Cedar Street, 52761.  
Performances are Saturday October 22nd at 2:00pm and 7:30pm.   Tickets are available at the door or at Muscatine HyVee. Adults $12, Seniors over 65 $10, students 18 and under are free.  Visit our website for a synopsis of "Carmen."
These performances of "Carmen" and "Delicatessen" are sponsored by the Muscatine Journal.  Consider spending the day in Muscatine- just 30 minutes down the river, Muscatine has great restaurants, shopping and a beautiful river view.
Nutcracker tickets now on sale!
Visit the Adler Theatre Box Office or Ticketmaster to purchase your Nutcracker tickets now! Family 4-packs are available.
Want to win a family 4 pack of tickets to the Nutcracker this December?  Become a fan of Ballet Quad Cities on Facebook and you could win a package to attend our holiday classic at the Adler Theatre!

The Old Creamery Theatre opens The Mousetrap Oct. 20 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelley Klimes   
Tuesday, 11 October 2011 11:45
Amana – A massive snowstorm, a house full of strange guests and an unsolved murder, add up to a night of suspicion and mystery in this classic by Agatha Christie, the undisputed Queen of “who done it.” The Mousetrap opens Thursday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. on The Old Creamery Theatre’s Main Stage in Amana and runs through Nov. 13.

Called one of the most skillfully written murder mysteries ever produced, you won’t want to miss The Old Creamery’s production even if you think you know “who done it.”

The cast of The Mousetrap consists of John Hill of Rockford, Il; Sean McCall of Marengo; Kay Francis of Naples, Florida; James Fleming of New York; Laura Ambrose of Minneapolis, Minn.; Jackie McCall of Marengo; Andrew Bosworth of Holly Springs, North Carolina and Tom Milligan of West Amana.

The Mousetrap runs through Nov. 13 and is rated Theatre PG. Tickets are $27 for adults and $17.50 for students. Show times are Wednesday, Thursdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Call the box office at 800-35-AMANA or visit the website at for more information or to purchase tickets. Group and student rates are available.

The Old Creamery Theatre Company is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. The company is celebrating 40 years of bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest. We thank KGAN and Fox 28, our 2011 season media sponsor.

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