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Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico celebrate 30 years! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathy Riley   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 08:43

Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico would like to invite you to their 30th Anniversary Celebration  November 29, 2014 at the Camden Center located at 2701 1st Street in East Milan, Illinois.  Doors open at 6:00 PM with Dinner starting at 7:00 PM.

Entertainment will be provided by Mariachi Real Guadalajara of Chicago with DJ Rebelde during intermissions.   Also performing will be the Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico and a special appearance from our Alumni.

Tickets for this special occasion are $25, with proceeds going to Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico. There will be a limited number of tickets available.

For tickets or more information please contact Jessica Munos at 309-792-8947 or Beatriz Camarillo (espanol) at 309-762-0949.

Brief History:

The Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico (QCBF) is a traditional Mexican Folkloric dance group that was founded by Arnulfo Camarillo in 1984. Originally created as a small project for a Mother’s Day event, QCBF has thrived for 30 years and is a Non-Profit Organization (501c3) which is committed to sharing the beautiful culture of Mexico, through music and dance.

QCBF has performed all over the nation, including such places as Arizona, Minnesota, Indiana and all over the Midwest.  QCBF performs a variety of traditional folkloric songs from over 20 different states of Mexico. Currently there are 55 dancers ranging in age from 4-18, and the group has always had a strong base of committed parents and volunteers assisting in performances and practices.

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Beaudry Returns to Artistic Director at Timber Lake Playhouse PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Beaudry   
Friday, 19 September 2014 14:20

Mount Carroll, IL--The Board of Directors of Timber Lake Playhouse has announced that current Executive Director, James Beaudry, will be returning to the position of Artistic Director for the theatre company’s 2015 summer season. The company is beginning a search for a new Executive Director, who will work with the board of directors, overseeing all business operations of the company which just completed its 53rd summer in Mount Carroll.

Tina Stretton, Manager of Theatre Operations announced her departure following a very successful summer season that critics said “sets the bar incredibly high.” Looking at the growth of the company, a task force made of board members, audience members, regional business leaders and consultants recommended an evolution in company leadership to help keep the artistic quality high while improving audience services and the financial stability of the institution. Beaudry is pleased with the upcoming changes.

“The Company is committed to positive change to manage our growth and improve audience experience. We’ve outgrown our own operations--which is a great problem to have--but it’s still a problem until it’s solved. I’m thrilled that the Board of Directors is taking steps to see TLP grow to new heights,” Beaudry said.

“It’s been a privilege to call TLP my artistic home for almost fifteen years. I’m excited to be able to focus all of my efforts once again on the creative work of the playhouse, so we can continue to offer the spectacular work that our audiences expect--with both inventive stagecraft like our production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and by bringing in the best talent from around the country as we did with Les Miserables.”

The Board of Directors hope to fill the new position by November 1, 2014 following a national and regional search. Information about the job and the company can be found at

Timber Lake Playhouse serves 20,000 patrons a year in Northwest, Illinois, and is the oldest continuously operating summer theatre in the state. The company receives support from the Illinois Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the theatre building. The original building was destroyed in a fire in 1974.

TLP’s 2015 summer season includes Hairspray, The Big Meal, Peter Pan, Greater Tuna, Big Fish and Big River. Children’s shows include Pinocchio and James And The Giant Peach. Season passes for all six shows are only $119 and are available now at 815-244-2035 or at Gift certificates and group sales are available year round.


Winning Gospel Musical Eyes 2015 Broadway Run PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Hansman   
Friday, 19 September 2014 09:19

Ericka Nicole Malone Readies to Take ‘In Love with Tyrone’ to 42nd Street

Cincinnati, OH – September 15, 2014 – Playwright Ericka Nicole Malone is looking to take her popular Gospel Musical “In Love with Tyrone” to the Big Apple and is currently in talks with directors and producers to bring the touring show to Broadway for a run on the “Great White Way.” Malone has partnered with a famed New York City General Manager and Tony Award-winning Producer, who has produced past and current shows on Broadway.

Malone and her business team currently making plans to raise necessary capital, and are working to secure sponsorship support for the eyed $10 million Broadway production. Malone points to the high accomplishments of one of her personal favorites, “Motown: The Musical” which debuted in 2012 and is still running strong on Broadway and “A Raisin In The Sun” receiving four Tony Awards and a prestigious Theatre World Award this year.

“In Love with Tyrone” toured in 2012 and made stops throughout the Midwest and East Coast to rave reviews in 2012. The musical featured actress Robin Givens in the lead role as Danetta and Leon Robinson of The Five Heartbeats as lead of the male antagonist of the story, Sullivan. The musical is a story about a woman’s struggle to redefine herself after she is betrayed by her first love and best friend – her husband Tyrone. The urban contemporary, inspiring musical features eight original songs by Malone, including the hit single “Stay.”

“It’s amazing to be in a position where we’re even considering a run on Broadway,” Malone explained. “The show touches so many different types of audiences and the message is universal. It’s funny, it’s sad, it’s inspiring and uplifting and we’re thrilled to have an opportunity to bring this to arguably the largest stage in the world.”

And while additional funds for the proposed Broadway run are required, Malone says she has all the necessary pieces in place to deliver a winning performance at this level. “The show has been honed and perfected on the road, and the response from the audience and the media has been overwhelming. It’s a proven winner, and it’s time to bring it to life on Broadway,” Malone said.

About Ericka Nicole Malone

Greater Cincinnati resident Ericka Nicole Malone has written, directed and produced nine successful stage plays including “I Feel Like Praising Him” and “You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down.” Her latest project and tenth stage play, “In Love With Tyrone” toured throughout 2012 and is eyeing a Broadway run. For additional information, visit

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Written by Davenport Junior Theatre   
Friday, 19 September 2014 07:59
This fall and winter we have Dance and Theatre classes for kids ages 3 - 18.  Theatre classes include Acting, Improv, Broadway, Creative Theatre Fun (3-4 year olds), and more!  Dance classes include Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Poms Dance Team and Lyrical.  For more information, visit the JT website at: or call 563-326-7862

Cinderella Opens Tomorrow On the Old Creamery’s Main Stage PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lily Allen-Duenas   
Friday, 19 September 2014 07:55

The Old Creamery Theatre presents Cinderella, the 2014 Fall Theatre For Young Audiences show. Cinderella hits the Main Stage on September 20 and runs through October 4. Performances are on September 20, September 27, and October 4 at 1:00 pm and September 27 at 10:00 am. Book and lyrics by Jim Eiler and Music by Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy.

All of the fantasy of the classic Cinderella story, with a few twists and turns. Sure to tickle your funny bone, this musical version will keep you laughing from the first wave of the Fairy Godmother’s magic wand up until the last stroke of midnight.

The cast includes Katie Coletta, Keegan Christopher, Jeff Haffner, Joshua Jones, Jackie McCall, Natalie Schmit, Michael Sheridan, Clark Skaggs, and Jim Vogt.

Tickets are $9 and everyone gets the opportunity to meet the cast after the show! Cinderella is sponsored by Scheels and the media sponsor is 96.5 Kiss Country. Call the box office for tickets and information 319-622-6262 or visit us online at Cinderella is rated G.

The Old Creamery Theatre is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. In 2014, the company is celebrating 43 years of bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest.

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