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The Last Gasp of the Golden Age of Radio: Scott Community College Presents a New Version of "War of the Worlds," October 20 through 30 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Thursday, 06 October 2011 06:00

Orson Welles performs for the Mercury Theatre“Most of our students work jobs when they’re not at school,” says Scott Community College (SCC) theatre instructor Steve Flanigin. “So when you say, ‘We’re going to do a play – who’d be interested?’, you have to see who’s available before you decide what play you can do. Because if they have to go to a job when we normally rehearse – Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from three to five – then they can’t do the show.

“I think that’s one of the challenges of doing theatre at a community college that a lot of people don’t realize,” he continues. “What we do depends on who is here in the fall or the spring, and what their schedules are like. I mean, I’d love to do Hello, Dolly!, but not with four people.”

Happily for Flanigin, he was able to secure roughly a dozen student participants for the school’s latest production. And while that number wasn’t large enough for a Hello, Dolly!, it was perfectly appropriate for the show that he and fellow SCC instructor John Turner did choose: a new adaptation of author H.G. Wells’ alien-invasion classic War of the Worlds, running October 20 through 30.

 
Lady Gaga Goes to Hogwarts: Musical-Comedy Improvisation with Baby Wants Candy, October 1 at Augustana College PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:08

cast members of Baby Wants CandyLike most professional performers, Chicagoan Nick Semar has a healthy number of musicals on his résumé.

Unlike most professional performers, Semar can boast acting credits in 26 original, hour-long musicals.

Staged over 27 nights.

All of which were made up on the spot.

 
Release into the Play: A Chat with Actor Eddie Staver III PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 07:25

 Eddie Staver III[Author's note: The following interview with Eddie Staver III was written for TheCurtainbox.com, the Web site for our area's Curtainbox Theatre Company. I'm proud to say that I'm an ensemble member with the theatrical organization, and along with Staver, am a cast member in the company's September 15 – 25 production of Time Stands Still.]

 

A company member since 2009, Eddie Staver III made his Curtainbox Theatre Company debut as the haunted title character in 2008’s Danny & the Deep Blue Sea, and went on to appear as the amoral salesman Moss in 2009’s Glengarry Glen Ross, the troubled son Eddie in 2010’s Fool for Love, and, later that year, clinical oncology fellow Jason Posner in Wit. And when I mention to people that Staver is returning to the Curtainbox to play James in Time Stands Still – his first role for the company in over a year – the response I get is almost always the same: “Where has he been?”

 
Play-by-Play Account: Fall Theatre in the Quad Cities and Surrounding Areas PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 29 August 2011 06:00

The Adler Theatre's touring production of The New Mel Brooks Musical Young FrankensteinThere’s a common misconception that, once the musical- and comedy-filled summer season is over, our area’s theatrical output becomes a lot more demanding. But that’s absolutely not true. For example, this autumn brings with it the Western charmer Make Me a Cowboy. And the showtune pastiche Give My Regards! And the fairy-tale spoof Honk! And ... .

Hmm. “Make Me”? “Give My”? “Honk”? That all sounds pretty demanding.

 
Till There Was You: Christopher and Erika Thomas Play "The Music Man"'s Romantic Leads for Quad City Music Guild, August 5 through 14 PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 02 August 2011 06:00

Erika and Christopher Thomas in The Music ManQuad City Music Guild’s new production of The Music Man – the Meredith Willson classic running August 5 through 14 – stars husband and wife Christopher and Erika Thomas as romantic leads Harold Hill and Marian Paroo. And just to be clear: Yes, the couple knows how close to nauseatingly adorable it is for them to be playing these roles opposite one another.

“I’m kind of calling this my nursing-home story,” says Erika with a laugh. “Like when our grandchildren come to visit, it’ll be, ‘You know, your grandfather and I were in Music Man once ... !’”

“And they’ll be, ‘Uh oh ... here comes that Music Man story again ... !’” counters Christopher, also laughing.

 
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