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Strange Amalgam: It’s a Mystery Blends Theatre, Improv, and Audience Participation PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 12 November 2008 02:15

Scott Naumann and Michael Callahan in Whacked at da Wedding During a recent interview with Scott Naumann, Kim Eastland, and Jerry Wolking - longtime performers with the Quad Cities' interactive-whodunit organization It's a Mystery - the three routinely crack each other up with memories of overzealous audience participants, randy seniors, and that time when one of their performers, dressed in character, was mistaken for a prostitute at the Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club. ("On a positive note," jokes Naumann, "she made about $750 on the side.")

 
To Eternity, from Here: The Green Room Theatre Takes On a New Challenge with "Angels in America" PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 29 October 2008 02:40

Reader issue #708 Playwright Tony Kushner's Angels in America begins its run at The Green Room Theatre on October 31, and to hear artistic director Tyson Danner describe it, he and executive director Derek Bertelsen couldn't have chosen a more appropriate production to open on Halloween.

"It's a monster," says Danner.

 
Boys, Assassins, and a Frog & a Toad: Reflections on The Green Room's First Season (Plus) PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 29 October 2008 02:35

Into the WoodsInto the Woods (August 10 - 12, 2007): The Green Room's debut production was Stephen Sondheim's and James Lapine's fairy-tale musical, and many of its cast members had previously worked with director Derek Bertelsen (also the venue's Executive Director) and music director Tyson Danner (the Artistic Director) in the pair's previous, fund-raising performances for the Children's Therapy Center of the Quad Cities: 2005's Ragtime and 2006's The Secret Garden. Both vividly remember opening night.

 

Derek: It smelled like fresh paint.

Tyson: It did. We painted that morning.

 
Ducks, Pizza, and Imaginary Carrots: QC Arts Presents Child’s Play, Oct. 4 at Moline High School PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 01 October 2008 02:26

ensemble members of Child's Play Thirty years after the group's inception, executive director June Podagrosi remembers the moment that she and her husband, Victor, embarked on the project that would become Child's Play Touring Theatre, the professional, Chicago-based organization dedicated to producing stage works for children, written by children. Moreover, she remembers the frog and the hillbilly that inspired them.

 
Promising, Promising: Fall Theatre in the Quad Cities and Surrounding Areas PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 10 September 2008 02:41

the Promises, Promises ensemble During a recent post-show conversation, an actor friend and I agreed that perhaps the most exciting moments at any theatrical production are those few seconds before the production even starts, when the lights dim, cell phones (please God) are turned to silent or vibrate, and the venue becomes alive with possibility - with the awareness that, in this live art form, absolutely anything can happen.

 
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