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Chicago Shakespeare is coming to Moline! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by M. McNeil   
Friday, 20 April 2012 15:22
Moline--April 20, 2012--Moline High School will host Chicago Shakespeare Theatre's production of The Taming of the Shrew.  The performance will be held in MHS Auditorium on May 1, 2012 at 1:15pm.  The public is encouraged to attend.  Tickets are $10/person and may be reserved through MHS bookstore at (309)743.8833 or purchased at the door.

Short Shakespeare! The Taming of the Shrew is a 75-minute abridged production of Shakespeare’s lively battle of the sexes adapted and staged by Jeff Award-winning director Rachel Rockwell. Providing the opportunity for adults to give young people in their lives a high-energy introduction to Shakespeare, the cast of Rockwell’s production includes CST favorite Ericka Ratcliff, who performs the role of strong-willed Katherina after appearing in Chicago Shakespeare’s Jeff Award-winning Shakespeare “hip-hoptation” Funk It Up About Nothin’ at CST, Scotland’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, London and a six-week Australian tour. Performing the role of Katherina’s sparring partner, Petruchio, is Matt Mueller, whose credits include numerous productions at the Utah and Colorado Shakespeare Festivals. Five-time Jeff Award nominee Don Forston returns as Baptista after performing the role of Geppetto in Rockwell’s acclaimed world premiere CST Family musical The Adventures of Pinocchio last summer. Local comedic actor Alex Goodrich returns to CST to perform the role of Tranio.

The wildly spirited Kate and machismo-driven Petruchio scream, fight and woo their way into one another’s heart in Short Shakespeare! The Taming of the Shrew. Drawn together by their strong personalities almost against their will, the unlikely pair ultimately falls in love. Rockwell’s production combines an adaptation of Shakespeare’s original verse and Elizabethan dress with original rock-inspired music to connect young audiences with the characters’ journeys. Immediately following thr performance, actors remain on stage for a discussion with the audience.

For more info: visit the Theater’s website at

This is the 5th consecutive year that Moline High School will be hosting the tour, which offers a unique opportunity for students and community members to experience professional, world-class theatre within our own community.

About Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary this season, Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) is a leading international theater company, known for vibrant productions that reflect Shakespeare’s genius for intricate storytelling, musicality of language and depth of feeling for the human condition. Recipient of the 2008 Regional Theatre Tony Award, Chicago Shakespeare’s work has been recognized internationally with three of London’s prestigious Laurence Olivier Awards, and by the Chicago theater community with 62 Joseph Jefferson Awards for Artistic Excellence. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and Executive Director Criss Henderson, CST is dedicated to producing extraordinary classic productions, new works and family fare; unlocking Shakespeare’s work for educators and students; and serving as Chicago’s cultural ambassador through its World’s Stage Series.

Illinois Arts Council Announces Poetry Out Loud State Champion PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Dickson   
Friday, 20 April 2012 14:49

From a competitive field of nearly 6,000 students from across the state, Carolyn Muller, a senior from Champaign Central High School in Champaign, received the title of 2012 Poetry Out Loud Illinois State Champion at the statewide competition hosted by the Springfield Area Arts Council in Springfield, on Thursday, March 29, 2012.

Muller recited “Infelix” by Adah Isaacs Menken, “Dirge Without Music” by Edna St. Vincent Millay, and “Ovation” by Carol Muske-Dukes. Springfield Southeast High School junior Charday Crawford won  first runner-up, reciting “a song in the front yard” by Gwendolyn Brooks, “A Red, Red Rose” by Robert Burns, and “Conversation” for Robert Lowell by Ai. Ms. Muller will advance to the national competition to be held in Washington, D.C., in mid-May.

The Illinois State Champion Carolyn Muller received an award of $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete for the national championship. Ms. Muller’s school received a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. First runner-up Charday Crawford received $100, with $200 for her school library.

Other contestants in the Illinois State Contest were:
Sam Chao, Niles West High School (Skokie) Final Round; Amanda Clark, Auburn High School (Rockford); Kenneth DuMez, Northside College Preparatory High School (Chicago); Michelle Gonzalez, Maine East High School (Park Ridge); Brianna Gray, United Township  High School (East Moline); Kaniah Jackson, Mather High School (Chicago); Arianna Keleher, Orion High School (Orion); David Kessler, Centennial High School (Champaign) Final Round; Megan Kessler, Clay City High School (Clay City); Xavier Kimbrough, Auburn High School (Rockford); Carly Piland, Springfield High School (Springfield); Zachary Rimkus, Edwardsville High School (Edwardsville) Final Round; Maggie Scudder, Carbondale Community High School (Carbondale); Ryan Serfas, Edwardsville High School (Edwardsville).

On Golden Pond opens The Old Creamery’s main stage season May 3 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelley Klimes   
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:31
Amana – The Old Creamery Theatre opens the touching comedy On Golden Pond, Thursday, May 3 at 3 p.m. on the Main Stage in Amana.

Join Norman and Ethel Thayer as they spend another summer on the shores of their beloved Golden Pond. After 48 years together, the couple discovers that even at their age life can be quite surprising. Written by Ernest Thompson, On Golden Pond is a delightfully funny look at family ties, life and love.

On Golden Pond is directed by Muscatine native Kathe Mull, now of New York. The cast consists of Tom Milligan of West Amana; Kay Francis of Naples, Florida; Eddie Skaggs of Cedar Rapids; Deborah Kennedy of West Amana; Ellis Fontana of Iowa City; Brennan Urbi of Cedar Rapids and Jeff Haffner of Cleveland, Ohio.

Tickets are $27 for adults and $17.50 for students. Show times are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Call the box office at 800-35-AMANA (352-6262) or visit the website at for more information or to purchase tickets. Group rates are available. Reservations are recommended. Student rush tickets are available for $12. No reservations are accepted for rush tickets. Come to the box office no earlier than 30 minutes before a performance for this special rate. A student ID is required for rush tickets.

On Golden Pond is sponsored by Melrose Meadows Retirement Community with WMT as media sponsor. The show runs through May 27 and is rated Theatre PG-13.

The Old Creamery Theatre Company is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. The company is celebrating 41 years of bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest.

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Written by Rebecca Wheeler   
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:09
Davenport, IA— How can purchasing items for your home pay dividends for those in need? Catherine Ross is hosting an online fundraiser and donating 100% of her commissions to the Christian Care Rescue Mission and Domestic Violence Shelter! Being a survivor of domestic violence has fueled her passion for helping organizations like Christian Care that serve the homeless and victims of domestic violence. Not only is she trying to raise funds, she is trying to raise awareness. She hopes to feature a  different shelter each month and eventually expand this event into a nationwide cause. You can help just by spreading the word and getting others involved.

This opportunity ends soon; you will need to place an online order through her website by April 30. If you have any questions, please call Catherine at 563/484-6596 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

To join the fundraiser, go to:  Please be sure to select “Fundraiser for Domestic Abuse Victims” when ordering.

To support the fundraiser on Facebook, go to:

Christian Care is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose vision is to transform lives. Through its mission of providing safe shelter, support and resources, Christian Care empowers both the homeless and survivors of domestic violence to make positive changes in every aspect of their lives. Christian Care’s two facilities—a domestic violence shelter for women and children and a rescue mission for men—serve homeless individuals, victims of domestic violence, veterans, men and women coming out of prison, and those with mental illnesses. If you know someone in need, call the Christian Care Crisis Hotline at any hour of the day or night at 309/788-2273.

For more information about Christian Care, please go to their web site at or to Facebook at

Sneak preview of anti-bullying play PDF Print E-mail
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Written by M. McNeil   
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 08:55
A Rock Island Junior High Anti-Bulling Skit is going on the road……

(Rock Island) 17 members of Washington Middle School are heading to Tinley Park, Illinois this Thursday, April 19th to perform the “Stomp Out Bullying” play to 400 educators.  The WJHS Drama Team received state-wide attention for their play when it was featured in an Illinois State Board of Education newsletter last month…and was asked to perform the skit to members attending the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Conference.

The Drama Team is funded through the Lights ON Community Learning Grant and Site Coordinator, Kristie Sullivan, says showcasing what her students can do may inspire other afterschool programs to create drama teams.  She and the students are excited to “hit the road” and get the message out that bullying is wrong and should not be tolerated.  The show was written by the students and the drama teacher, Deb Halstead.

Members of the media will get a “sneak preview” of the play on Wednesday, April 18th at 3:00 pm in the school gym.  The students, Site Coordinator and Drama Team Advisor will be available for interviews.

WHO:  Washington Junior High Drama Team
WHAT:  Sneak preview of play, “Stomp Out Bullying”
WHEN: Wednesday, April 18, 2012  3:00 pm
WHERE:  Washington Junior High Gym–3300 18th Ave Rock Island.

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