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AUTO SHOW TOPS $205,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS $31,000 in Scholarship Money Given at Premier Night at the Iowa Illinois Regional Auto Show PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Shrader   
Friday, 10 February 2012 08:17
(Davenport) The Community Foundation of the Great River Bend is pleased to announce the 2012 recipients of the Iowa/Illinois Regional Auto Show Scholarships:

Gracie Deery: Notre Dame High School, Recommended by Deery Brothers, Burlington. Hannah was awarded $4,000

Kyle Hoffman: Orion High School, Recommended by Lujack’s Northpark Auto Plaza. Kyle was awarded $2,000

Sienna Klauer: Davenport Central High School, Recommended by Reynolds Motors. Sienna was awarded $4,000

Paige Klinck: Galesburg High School, Recommended by Galesburg Nissan. Paige was awarded $2,000

Benjamin Kuhn: Galena High School, Benjamin was awarded $3,000

Jacklyn Nation: Mercer County High School, Recommended by Eriksen Chevrolet-Buick.  Jacklyn was awarded $4,000

Elizabeth Penrose: Bettendorf High School, Recommended by Lujack’s Northpark Auto Plaza. Elizabeth was awarded $2,000

Amy Rogers: United Township High School, Recommended by Zimmerman Honda. Amy was awarded $3,000

Kylie Sterk: Clinton High School, Recommended by McEleney Chevrolet-Buick-GMC-Toyota. Kylie was awarded $3,000

Christine Walsh: Davenport North High School, Recommended by Eriksen Chevrolet-Buick. Christine was awarded $4,000

The Auto Show has given to date over $205,000 in scholarships to 71 area students. This year given to 10 students, the most in the history of the Auto Show. Proceeds from the Auto Show support the Scholarship Fund. A special presentation of $10,000 was made by the Quad City Times to be deposited to the scholarship fund from sales efforts of the Auto Show Special Supplement. Sponsors of the Premier include: IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union,, Automated Data Processing, S & S Automotive, The Greater Quad City Auto Auction and Enterprise Car Rental.

New Ground Announces “Sudden Theatre” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Chris Jansen   
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 13:52
New Ground Theatre’s next production of “Sudden Theatre” will take place at 7 pm on February 18th. In “Sudden Theatre” plays are written and rehearsed within a 24-hour period and are then performed for an audience. Five playwrights will meet on the evening of February 17th and will be given a writing topic. They will have all night to write the plays; the next morning directors and actors begin rehearsals and the plays are produced that night.

“One of New Ground’s primary missions is to encourage new playwrights” said Chris Jansen, Artistic Director for New Ground. “This area is loaded with talented writers, and ‘Sudden Theatre’ is lots of fun for everyone involved” she said.

Playwrights for the up-coming Sudden Theatre are Jason Platt, Michael Callahan, Jacqueline DeVore Madunic, Shea Doyle and Dana Moss-Peterson. Directors and actors are still needed. Anyone who is interested in participating is encouraged to contact Chris Jansen at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Tickets are $5.00 at the door. No reservations are required. New Ground Theatre is located at 2113 E. 11th Street, in the East Village of Davenport..

White Rose play at GAHC PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 13:47

Davenport- The reader’s theater play “The White Rose: A True Story of Freedom in Nazi Germany” by Josephine Cripps will be performed on Saturday February 11th at 1:30pm with a second performance at 3:00pm. The play is directed by Nathan Porteshawver and has a cast of local actors who tell the tale of the White Rose, a resistance group consisting of many young university students that resisted Hitler and paid for it with their lives.

The performance will be held at the German American Heritage Center at 712 West 2nd St. Davenport, IA, in conjunction with the White Rose exhibit running through the 24th of February. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children ages 5-17. Free for members and children under age 5. Refreshments will follow the 3:00 performance. Support for the play is provided by the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, the Rock Island Community Foundation, the Doris and Victor Day Foundation, and the Rauch Family Foundation II and the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center. For more information contact Kelly Lao at GAHC, 563-322-8844 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

QC students appear in Culver-Stockton College theatre's "Much Ado about Nothing" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by CSC Division of Fine Arts   
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 13:38

CANTON, MO. (02/07/2012)(readMedia)-- Culver-Stockton College theatre students will take the stage Feb. 16, 17 and 19 for their production of "Much Ado about Nothing."

Cast members for the production include:

Ian Sodawasser, a sophomore musical theatre major from Davenport, Iowa, as Conrade.

Kirsten Sindelar, a junior musical theatre major from Sherrard, Ill., as Margaret.

The production will be staged Feb. 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday, Feb. 19 performance will begin at 3p.m. All performances will be held in the Black Box theatre inside the Robert W. Brown Performing Arts Center on the campus of Culver-Stockton College. Tickets are $6 for adults. Admission is free with Culver-Stockton College identification.

Christine Harb Performed in Augustana College's Winter Play PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Keri Rursch   
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 13:36

ROCK ISLAND, IL (02/07/2012)(readMedia)-- Augustana College presented How I Learned to Drive, the story of a young woman's complicated relationship with her uncle, from Friday, Jan. 27, through Sunday, Feb. 5. The play, written by Paula Vogel, premiered in 1997 and brought Vogel the Pulitzer Prize for drama one year later.

Students from across the Augustana campus worked together-both on stage and off-to produce this play, including Christine Harb a first year from Davenport, Iowa.

In this memory play, the main character, Li'l Bit, takes the audience on a journey conjuring up troubling events and people from her past, working to find answers to her life and a path for her future.

Guest director Dr. Jennifer Popple, who also served as an adjunct instructor of English and liberal studies at Augustana, wanted to direct the play ever since it premiered. She selected the play because it shines a light on something that is painful and devastating to a child, while showing a method for making one's way through it.

"To do all of this and still be extremely funny much of the time is a difficult thing to do, but Vogel's play accomplishes all of this and more," said Dr. Popple. "It has a beautiful message about how we can let our pasts shape, but not completely define, who we are going to be."

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