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2014 - 2015 Broadway Season at the Adler Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adler Theatre   
Thursday, 03 July 2014 15:32

The 2014 - 2015 Season includes:  JERSEY BOYS, SISTER ACT, GUYS AND DOLLS, BLUE MAN GROUP, and PETER AND THE STARCATCHER.  The special add-on show for the season is MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS by Chip Davis.

Subscriptions to this exciting season are now on sale!  Prices range from $180 to $315 depending on series package and seating choice.  For more information, call 563-326-8522. Tickets for individual shows will go on sale as each performance date approaches.  

New subscriber orders will be processed in the order they are received after all current subscribers' renewal requests have been processed.  All seats are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Simon celebrates 50 years since the Civil Rights Act this Independence Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Annie Thompson   
Thursday, 03 July 2014 15:14

CARBONDALE — July 2, 2014. Heading into the Fourth of July weekend, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon marked the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“As we prepare to celebrate our country’s 238th birthday, we should take time to look back on the half century since the enactment of the Civil Rights Act,” Simon said. “Today, we should honor the brave struggle of activists like Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and the Freedom Riders. We have come a long way, but there is still more work to be done to ensure true equality.”

Simon spent part of the day Wednesday, the anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, at Southern Illinois University, where she spoke to international students about American politics and civil rights.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was conceived by President John F. Kennedy, defended in Congress by U.S. Senator Everett Dirksen of Illinois, and enacted under President Lyndon B. Johnson. Signed July 2, 1964, it ensures equality under the law regardless of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The law has given Americans a tool to fight discrimination in housing, the job market, the courtroom, and at the polls.

Simon continues to support the expansion of civil rights in Illinois. She spoke out in favor of marriage equality, and celebrated alongside activists as the marriage equality law went into effect last month. The law ensures the marriages of same-sex couples are legally recognized in Illinois.


Volcanoes on the Clinton Showboat PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Clinton Area Showboat Theatre   
Thursday, 03 July 2014 08:09

The Children’s Theatre Series at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre opened each of its shows this month, and they will continue to run each Saturday at noon throughout the summer. The latest production, A Sour Study in Lemonade, included the high school students solving a mystery through science experiments. Kate Struble, a freshman at Clinton High School, plays the lab technician at Max’s Lemonade Stand. She explains to the children in the audience how to create ooze, invisible ink, and volcanos by using regular household products. Clayton Melvin, a freshman from DeWitt, plays the owner of the Lemonade Stand that has been sabotaged. His employees, played by Audrey Simpson, Ireland Knapper, and Emma and Cassie Van Zuiden, run a full-scale investigation to solve the mystery. Spoiler alert: there is a volcano that erupts on stage.

The second show of the series is The Beginning of the Armadillo, playing this Friday in a special free performance for Independence Day, and again July 12 and August 2. This charming musical, written by Bill Kincaid of Macomb, Illinois, brings the Rudyard Kipling story to life. Allison Winkel, a junior at Fulton High School, and Matt Espey, a senior at Clinton High School, play the Hedgehog and Tortoise, who try to trick the Jaguar, played by Clinton High junior, Danica Smith. Two more Clinton High School students complete the cast of this exciting new musical: Alice Lind and Savannah Medley.

The first show of the series, A Very Clinton Variety Show, is a vaudeville performance including musical numbers, comedy acts, and sketches outlining the history of Clinton and the Showboat. DeWitt Clinton, played by Kayla Zeimet of DeWitt, even makes an appearance. Hailey Goble, a recent graduate of Clinton High School, helps lead the show as one of the emcees, even helping audience volunteers create an animal symphony on stage. “It’s inspiring to see the high school students taking the lead when the younger children want to get involved,” says Kristin Katsu, Education Director at the Showboat. “It’s different at every show, but they know how to keep the audience entertained.”

Each performance leaves the audience of children with an excitement to create their own theatre at home. The talkback sessions give the children a sneak peak into the world of theatre, connecting their lives to the message of each show. The Clinton Area Showboat Theatre definitely builds a curiosity in the children, giving them a reason to create their own science experiments or lemonade stands or animal costumes. The internship program creates productions that inspire the younger children to become life-long learners as well as life-long theatre patrons.

The Clinton Area Showboat Theatre is located on Riverview Road in Clinton, Iowa, and the interns are from Clinton, Fulton, Camanche, and DeWitt. Haley Appel, Kaela Baker, Liv Clark, Erin Hardigan, and Aiden McMinimy complete the cast of high school students that create these outstanding productions. Children’s Theatre performances take place on the Showboat stage every Saturday at noon. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door. To find out about show times and tickets, visit or call the box office today: 563-242-6760.

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Written by Tyson Danner   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 16:04

Having completed its 2013-14 season with the acclaimed production of True West, Davenport's QC Theatre Workshop is gearing up for its third season of performances with two exciting and funny presentations: the Tony Award-winning comedy 'Art,' running August 15 through 30, and Bat Boy: The Musical, with auditions for the October show taking place on July 26.

Translated by Oscar winner Christopher Hampton from the original French play by Yasmina Reza (author of 2009's Tony champ God of Carnage), 'Art' is a biting and hilarious exploration of male camaraderie, competitiveness, and ego. Reza's comedy revolves around the purchase of an enormous white painting, with white lines, that threatens the relationship of three longtime friends: Serge, who can't grasp his pals' disapproval of his new artwork; Marc, who can't fathom the $200,000 purchase of an all-white painting; and Yvan, who can't understand why everyone can't just get along.

Described by the New York Times as “very funny” and “an impeccably tailored piece of work,” 'Art' received the 1998 Tony for Best Play and went on to run for 600 performances. The show was also produced by the area's Curtainbox Theatre Company in 2010, and the QC Theatre Workshop's Artistic Director Tyson Danner is delighted that the cast for that production – Adam Michael Lewis, Aaron Randolph III, and Mike Schulz – is returning, in their original roles, for this new take on 'Art.'

“At the Workshop, we are incredibly lucky to attract such stellar performers show after show,” says Danner, “and these guys were all eager to reunite. I can’t wait for our audiences to see what a riot they will be!”

Each member of the show's acting trio is already acquainted with the Workshop venue: Lewis appeared there in the Prenzie Players' 2013 production of Two Gentlemen of Verona; Randolph was the author of last summer's original drama A Green River; and Schulz performed in the company's springtime presentation of True West.


But while this stage reunion is taking place with the full support of 'Art''s Curtainbox director Dave Furness and producer Kimberly Kurtenbach Furness, Danner – who will direct the Workshop's production– stresses that the season-opener is not simply a remount of a previous area presentation.


“I am glad we can offer this play to our community again. Having been out of the area during the previous production, I’m looking forward to leading the production with a fresh perspective,” says Danner. “Plus, ‘Art’ will take place exactly two years after our first production, and it couldn’t be a better match. I love that we get the chance to produce this comedic flip-side of RED.”


'Art' will be staged at the QC Theatre Workshop (1730 Wilkes Avenue, Davenport) from August 15 through 30. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday performances are at 3 p.m., and due to occasional strong language, the show is recommended for mature audiences.


Meanwhile, three weeks prior to 'Art''s opening, the theatre will host auditions for its October production (performance dates TBA) of the off-Broadway smash Bat Boy: The Musical, which will take place at the Workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 26.


Loosely based on the notorious Weekly World News story about a half-boy/half-bat who was discovered living alone in a cave, Bat Boy is the hysterical, clever, and surprisingly touching tale of a strange young creature and the townsfolk who despise him – a genre-bending hit that led the New York Times to rave, “It's remarkable what [this show's] intelligent wit can accomplish.”


James Fairchild, from last fall's Workshop production of Last Call: The Songs of Stephen Sondheim and director of the District Theatre’s A New Brain, will direct Bat Boy. Roles are available for male and female actors of all ages and types, with most characters open to the double- (and even triple- ) casting of performers. Those auditioning should be prepared to read from the script, and should prepare 32 bars, or one verse and chorus, of either a pop-rock song or an up-tempo musical-theatre selection. No monologues will be required, but those auditioning should come prepared to tell a joke.


As with the Workshop's eight previous productions, both 'Art' and Bat Boy: The Musical will be presented under the company's popular “Pay What It's Worth” policy, which allows patrons to determine their own ticket prices following each performance.


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Bat Boy: The Musical auditions

Saturday, July 26, 1 – 3 p.m.


'Art' performances

Friday, August 15, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 16, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 17, 3 p.m.


Friday, August 22, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 23, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 24, 3 p.m.


Friday, August 29, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 30, 7:30 p.m.


QC Theatre Workshop

1730 Wilkes Avenue, Davenport, Iowa, 52804


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SPAMALOT will open new District Theatre location PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tristan Tapscott   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 15:35
Rock Island's District Theatre is excited to announce they will be moving to a new location in time for their production of SPAMALOT!
“As we continue to grow we also want to be able to give our audiences the atmosphere they deserve. This move allows us to take our first step in that direction as we work with the city to create a playing space that will take us to the next level in our evolution as a theatre,” said Artistic Director Tristan Tapscott. He added, "It also takes us back to the vibe we had when this whole things started in 2008. You will see a variety of configurations for the playing space itself and a more intimate atmosphere."
The theatre is working hand in hand with Renaissance Rock Island on the new location and on future plans for the theatre. Board member Deb Shippy added, "We are thrilled to be working with city on this and couldn't be more pleased with everyone at Renaissance Rock Island."
“The timing couldn’t be more perfect,” said Board President Matt Mercer. “We have wanted to have a safer space for our performers and a more elegant space for our patrons and supporters and this move - only a few doors down from our current location - allows us to do just that.”
Though this relocation will not expand on the number of seats available or the stage itself, but the other amenities make the move the right move at this time.
The building - located at 1623 2nd Ave - formerly housed The Grape Life and allows for more storage, dressing rooms for the actors, a small shop and other necessities for the theatre. The new location is located just a few doors down from the theatre's current space, directly across from Bennigan's and next to Midcoast Fine Arts.
Monty Python's SPAMALOT will be the first show in the new location when it opens August 1! Details on the grand opening and a few changes in the season schedule will be announced soon!

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