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The Salvation Army & QC River Bandits Partnering for Paper Products Drive PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 14:33
Quad Cities, USA: The Salvation Army’s 700 lb. red kettle will be placed outside Modern Woodmen Park for the April 26th baseball game: Quad Cities River Bandits against the West Michigan Whitecaps.

Baseball fans are encouraged to purchase toilet paper, paper towels, facial tissues, dinner napkins or baby wipes. Fans will receive $1 in Bandit Bucks for each item they donate, up to three items.

The paper product drive will help to stock the personal hygiene closet at the Family Service Center.

The Family Service center is the Quad Cities’ only fully intact family shelter in the Quad Cities, and houses 105 homeless people each night 65% of the residents are children. An additional 75-130 community members go to the Family Service Center each night for their evening meal, Monday through Saturday.

WHAT: Paper Products Drive

WHERE: Modern Woodmen Park, in front of the stadium

DATE: Tuesday, April 26, 2012

TIME: 5:30pm – 7:00pm, game begins at 7pm

Samantha Kammerman Performs in Augustana's Bat Boy Production PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Keri Rursch   
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:35

ROCK ISLAND, IL (04/23/2012)(readMedia)-- During the next two weekends, Augustana students will present the cult classic, Bat Boy: The Musical, described by The New York Times as "a jaggedly imaginative mix of skewering humor and energetic glee." The unusual storyline is based on a 1992 Weekly World News article about a half-boy, half-bat named Bat Boy.

Augustana's theatre arts department and Opera@Augustana have joined together to deliver six performances of Bat Boy: The Musical in Potter Theatre, inside Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts (3701 7th Ave.) between April 27 and May 6.

Among those involved in the performance:

Samantha Kammerman, a first year from Milan, Ill., majoring in liberal studies, plays the role of Ron Taylor/Maggie/Clem Kammerman.

Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming wrote the story and book on which Bat Boy: The Musical is based, and Laurence O'Keefe wrote the music and lyrics. It was premiered at Actors Gang Theatre in 1997 and has become a cult classic. Off-Broadway productions around the world have increased its popularity.

Dramaturg Jacqui Schmidt, an Augustana senior English and theatre arts major from Algonquin, Ill., will give a pre-performance talk on Sunday, April 29, at 12:30 p.m., and Friday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m., in Larson Hall, inside Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts. A dramaturg typically explores the context of the story and assists with adapting it to the stage.

Bat Boy: The Musical often is seen as a fluff musical, without any academic context. The pre-performance talk will use William Shakespeare's play The Tempest as one way to bring academic context to the production. In addition to the similarities between characters, the talk will present the blurring distinctions between human and beast.

This musical contains offbeat, adult content and is recommended for high school students and older.

Showtimes and ticket information

Fri., April 27 & Sat., April 28 – 7:30 p.m.

Sun., April 28 – 1:30 p.m.

Fri., May 4 & Sat., May 5 – 7:30 p.m.

Sun., May 6 – 1:30 p.m.

General Admission – $14

Students & Seniors (60+) – $12

Purchase tickets online at or call (309) 794-7306

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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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