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Theatre
Surprising Surprises PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 20 December 2006 03:06

"Grease"I got pretty choked up at Quad City Music Guild's production of It's a Wonderful Life: The Musical, especially when George started yelling at his kids. (They were so cute!) I was truly affected by the anguished performance of John VanDeWoestyne in the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

But, in 2006, do you know what area production made me cry like a little girl?

Freakin' Grease.

 
Risky Business PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 20 December 2006 02:57

"The Winning Streak"Theatre can be a great escape, but it can also be so much more. In 2006, most of the area's challenging works were presented by the New Ground Theatre, My Verona Productions, and the Prenzie Players, and over the past year and a half, I've had the pleasure of interviewing the impresarios of these organizations: New Ground Artistic Director Chris Jansen, My Verona producers Sean Leary and Tristan Tapscott, and Prenzie founders Cait Bodenbender, John Luxton, Aaron Sullivan, and Denise Yoder.

So, as I'm on a first-name basis with all of them, permit me to direct a few holiday cards their way:

 
What Have We Learned? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 20 December 2006 02:41

"Much Ado About Nothing" In the realm of educational theatre, the audience's enjoyment should always be secondary to what the students take from their theatrical experiences. So I certainly hope that 2006's productions were meaningful for the students in Augustana College's, St. Ambrose University's, and Black Hawk College's theatre programs, because this particular audience member had a great time at their shows.

 
Theatre Essentials 2006: A Dozen Names to Remember PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 20 December 2006 02:31

Christine Barnes with Brian Cox and Brian Bengtson in "The Miser" Of course, the people who are most essential to the success of area theatre are the ones ponying up the dough to get it produced (and this includes you, my ticket-buying friends). But it's hard to imagine the theatre year being as enjoyable as it was without the contributions of the following 12 individuals, each of whom added considerable flair to several area productions - oftentimes at several area venues - in 2006.

 
"Nut"-in’, Honey!: 5 Things I’ll Remember from My "Nutcracker" Experience PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 20 December 2006 02:29

 
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