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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.

 
Ultimate Meeting Ground: Junior Theatre Alumnus Assumes a New Role with Davenport Parks & Recreation PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 27 August 2008 02:27

Daniel D.P. Sheridan In describing Davenport Parks & Recreation's recent choice of Daniel D.P. Sheridan for its performing-arts-coordinator position, the organization's senior recreation manager, Theresa Hauman, says, "We want to become a vital performing-arts center, with the main hub of that being the Junior Theatre program, and with his school training, the experiences that he's had nationwide, and the fact that he is from the community and a product of Junior Theatre ... he really hit it out of the ballpark."

 
Bitten by the Theatre Bug PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 25 June 2008 02:49

Reader issue #690 As you'll see in these pages, I attended five theatrical productions between Thursday and Sunday, and after writing some 4,200 words on my experiences, my editor asked if I wouldn't mind writing a couple hundred more as an introduction.

That bastard.

 
Breaking Hearts, Tickling Ribs: The Riverbend Theatre Collective Debuts with "Elegies: A Song Cycle" PDF Print E-mail
Theatre - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 07 May 2008 02:36

the Elegies ensemble Describing composer William Finn's Elegies: A Song Cycle, the first presentation by the Quad Cities' new theatrical company the Riverbend Theatre Collective, artistic director Allison Collins-Elfline says of the show, "It's quirky, it's fun, it's upbeat ... ."

Yet it's also a considerable risk for a fledgling theatrical organization's first outing, as the subject of the Tony-winning composer's quirky, fun, upbeat musical revue is, as its title suggests, death. "An elegy is a hymn of praise for someone who has passed on," states Collins-Elfline, "and Elegies is about all the people William Finn knew that he's lost."

 
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