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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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Kids in a Candy Store: "Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," at QC Music Guild thru July 15
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2007-07-11 08:50:21

Dallas Drummond, Chris Castle, and Nathan Batles in Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat When I learned that Quad City Music Guild's new presentation of Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat would feature a cast of nearly a hundred - 98, to be exact - I was both thrilled and slightly concerned. Thrilled because ... well, come on, what fan of musicals wouldn't want to see and hear an assemblage of that many performers?

But my concern stemmed from wondering what director Harold Truitt was going to do with them all. Even with 56 members of the children's chorus seated on both sides of the stage, apart from the main action, 42 seemed a rather excessive number of participants for this enjoyably featherweight biblical piece. Would Joseph's enormity prove beneficial, or detrimental?


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After the Rehearsal: Notes on "Charlie Brown"’s First Dress: "You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown" at Quad City Music Guild
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2006-03-29 15:25:00

J. Adam Lounsberry and Nathan Bates in You're a Good Man, Charlie BrownAnyone who has spent a significant amount of time in theatre knows that if your first dress rehearsal goes even the least bit well, there's cause for celebration. Having seen the first dress of the Quad City Music Guild's You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown this past Sunday, I can assure the production's participants: There's cause for celebration, because things appeared to go considerably better than "the least bit well."


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You’re Not Just for Kids, "Charlie Brown": Music Guild Takes On Charles M. Schulz
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2006-03-22 00:00:00
The comic-strip world of Charles M. Schulz’s “Peanuts” characters has long delighted children, and the original, 1967 production of the musical You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown – with its cheerful tunes and hummable score – has long been a staple for young performers, having been consistently produced in high schools, middle schools, and even elementary schools across the country.
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The Wonderful World of Disney: Quad City Music Guild's "Beauty & the Beast"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2005-08-10 00:00:00

As Belle, the heroine of the Quad City Music Guild’s Beauty & the Beast, Jenny Winn is a complete cartoon, and I mean that in the best way possible. It’s generally thrilling when performers deviate from the expectations associated with a well-known character, but playing a role exactly the way an audience expects it to be played has its own rewards, and in Beauty & the Beast, Winn gives such a flawless approximation of a living-and-breathing animated figure that you might find it impossible not to stare at her with a big, goofy grin plastered on your face.


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