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Theatre Essentials 2006: A Dozen Names to Remember PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
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
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 20 December 2006 02:29

 
A Look Ahead to Area Theatre in 2007 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 20 December 2006 02:28

 
Capra Cadabra!: "It’s a Wonderful Life" Becomes a Stage Musical at Quad City Music Guild PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 22 November 2006 02:44

Harold Truitt and Mike Millar"The cast hates me," says local performer Andy Davis during a recent rehearsal break. "Our first cast meeting, they were introducing us all and I said, ‘Yeah, I'm playing Potter ... ,' and everybody booed."

So why is Davis so happy about it?

Probably because the Potter he's playing is the hateful, wheelchair-bound Henry Potter of Bedford Falls, and the show he's rehearsing for is the Quad City Music Guild's production of It's a Wonderful Life: The Musical. Considering people's familiarity with - and love for - the Frank Capra classic of 1946, Davis should only have worried if he didn't get booed.

 
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Mistress: St. Ambrose University presents "Narnia" Dec. 2 & 3 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 22 November 2006 02:43

St. Ambrose University's "Narnia" "I'm the mom of the theatre department," says St. Ambrose designer Dianne Dye during an afternoon spent in the university's costume shop. "If people have a problem, or when they just want to gossip, here's the place to come."

"She is the mom," agrees the school's Galvin Fine Arts Center manager, Eileen Eitrheim. "Officially. Even I come down here when I have a problem."

I'd agree with the ladies' description of Dye's maternal countenance, except for one thing: Unlike Dye, my mother never greeted my arrival by offering me a piece of candy.

 
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