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Cray Sisters, Soul Sisters: "Crimes of the Heart," at the Village Theatre through February 10
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2013-02-04 15:00:00

Tracy Pelzer-Timm, Jenny Winn, and Kylie Jansen in Crimes of the HeartWhile Beth Henley’s Crimes of the Heart falls into too many theatrical traps – primarily, having major actions described rather than physically rendered on stage – the author avoids one of the most common by making her play's second act funnier and more interesting than its first. While I liked the first act of New Ground Theatre’s Saturday-evening production, I enjoyed its second half a lot more, laughing heartily with Henley’s characters as they cackled over serious subject matter such as their grandfather's lapsing into a coma.


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... And All That (Vocal) Jazz: The Quad City Singers Perform Their Annual Spring Concert, April 29 at the Tanglewood Hills Pavilion
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2011-04-19 18:56:54

The Quad City SingersIn the beloved Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland films of the 1930s, staging a full-length musical production seemed ridiculously easy: A bunch of talented youths would simply unite with the rallying cry “Let’s put on a show!”

Yet according to Lori Potts, director of the area vocal-jazz ensemble the Quad City Singers, her group’s inception came about just as simply – although the rallying cry, in that case, was more along the lines of “Let’s put on a concert!”

“It was really just kind of casual,” says Potts of the Quad City Singers’ 1994 beginnings. “Just friends getting together and deciding, ‘You know, we like to sing, so let’s form a group and see what happens.’”


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Anna, and the King, and Et Cetera Et Cetera and So Forth: "The King & I," at the Prospect Park Auditorium through June 21
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2009-06-15 12:00:00

Harold Truitt and Jennifer Sondgeroth in The King & IQuad City Music Guild's current presentation of The King & I is colorful and handsomely mounted, and in one scene, at least, it's even surprising, particularly if you don't peruse the program's cast list before the production starts. (Please skip the next two paragraphs if you don't want the surprise ruined here.)


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Sets Appeal: St. Ambrose University’s "Charlotte’s Web" and Music Guild’s "Miracle on 34th Street"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2007-12-05 08:40:32

Ryan Westwood and Emily Christiansen in Charlotte's Web If I counted correctly, St. Ambrose University's Charlotte's Web and Quad City Music Guild's Miracle on 34th Street featured a grand total of five dozen actors between them. Yet the true stars of both musicals weren't among those individuals; despite boasting an excellent Wilbur the Pig in Ryan Westwood, Charlotte's Web was primarily a triumph for set designer Kristofer Eitrheim, and Miracle belonged to no one so much as scenic artist Bob Williams. Eitrheim's and Williams' contributions were dazzling, and my only regret in raving about their work now is that it's too late for new audiences to admire it. (Both presentations ran only one weekend and closed on December 2.)


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"Bee" Queens: Notes from Quad City Music Guild's "Beehive" Dress Rehearsal
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2007-03-20 14:04:25

Amy Malmstead, Sarah Larrabee, and Heather McGonigle in As it was a technical dress rehearsal with four days to go before opening night, it was understandable that the March 19 presentation of Quad City Music Guild's Beehive encountered a few glitches. The scene transitions were on the poky side; it was often unclear, during the frequent medleys, whether musical numbers were supposed to end with applause or not (there were a few too many uncomfortable pauses); and the sound, during Act I especially, obviously needed polish - the over-amplification on the opening number, in particular, was painful.

But when all was said and done, there was only one thing sorely missing from this presentation: An audience. Because when Beehive's performers finally get one, this thing is gonna go through the roof.


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