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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.

 
How Beautiful English Can Be: Pat Flaherty Seizes the Throne in Genesius Guild's "King Lear," July 16 Through 24 at Lincoln Park PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Thursday, 07 July 2011 06:00

Pat Flaherty in King Lear“I think it came from going to church,” says area actor Pat Flaherty of his childhood interest in theatre. “Because I’d go to church, and I’d see this guy who was holding everybody’s interest through the whole service. It was very dramatic – they’d light the candles and ring the bells and everything – and for a while I thought I wanted to be a priest because of that.

“It turned out I just wanted to be on stage.”

 
Bursting at the Seams: The Harrison Hilltop’s Tristan Tapscott Discusses Big Musicals in Small Spaces PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 06:00

Jesus Christ Superstar in rehearsalOdd as it may seem now, there actually was a period in the Harrison Hilltop Theatre’s history – a run of 12 shows, to be precise – in which the company didn’t produce any musicals whatsoever. Yet after staging a dozen plays between June 2008 and May 2009, co-founders Tristan Tapscott and Chris Walljasper chose to open the theatre’s second season with a production of Jonathan Larson’s rock musical tick ... tick ... BOOM!

 
Stage Fraught: Summer Theatre in the Quad Cities and Surrounding Areas PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 24 May 2011 06:00

Rosemary Ocar, Kevin Maynard, Nicholas Waldbusser, Don Hazen, and Molly Schmelzer in the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre's Don't Talk to the ActorsAdulterous lovers. Women and men in drag. Mistreated orphans. Nuns sniffing glue. Grandmas peddling racy underwear.

But enough about my upcoming birthday party.

These are just a few of the stage sights that audiences will be privy to over the next three months, as our area’s theatre venues and companies open, at last count, an intimidating 62 productions between June 2 and August 26. As usual, the summer season will be filled with musicals, comedies, and blends of the two. But we theatre-going masses will also be treated to a number of classical and Shakespearean titles, challenging Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winners, and even – gasp! – the occasional intense drama, for those who aren’t afraid to spend a couple hours of their summer, you know, thinking.

 
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