Fall in love with this fresh and original comedy, Souvenir: A Fantasia on the life of Florence Foster Jenkins.  Florence Foster Jenkins (Susan Perrin-Sallak) was a New York socialite and tone-deaf diva who believed she was a great coloratura. The improbably named Cosme McMoon (Bryan Tank) was her accompanist. He chronicles Florence's musical journey from drawing room concerts to recordings to Carnegie Hall. Souvenir is a touching and comic tribute to Ms. Jenkins' sincerity, ambition, and deep love of music coupled with a complete lack of talent. Souvenir is for anyone who has ever dreamed a dream.


Performance Dates and Times:

Friday, September 17 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, September 18 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, September 19 at 2:30 pm

Tuesday, September 21 at 7:30 pm

Thursday, September 23 at 7:30 pm

Friday, September 24 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, September 25 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, September 26 at 2:30 pm


Performance location:

The Village Theatre home of New Ground Theatre, 2113 East 11th St. in the East Village of Davenport.

Ticket Prices: $15 adults, $13 seniors (65+) and children (12 and under)

Tickets are sold at the door or make a reservation by calling the reservation line at (563) 326-7529.

"They may say I can't sing, but they can't say I didn't" - Florence Foster Jenkins

Auditions at WQPT

MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT will be holding auditions for a special taped project on June 14 at the WQPT offices at 3400 Avenue of the Cities, Suite 101, Moline, Illinois. The auditions will take place on June 14th. WQPT is looking for a Hispanic girl between the ages of 11 and 14. This project will tape during the week of June 21st.  To schedule your audition appointment, please call WQPT at 309-764-2400.  This is a paid role.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University.

MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT welcomes Super WHY to the Quad Cities for a week of educational and entertaining activities beginning June 15, 2010. Super WHY is based on the hit PBS series that helps kids learn to read.  Whyatt, the super-powered star of Super WHY, is flying in from Storybook Village to meet his local fans.

You and your kids can join in the fun and learning:

On Tuesday, June 15, Super WHY will hold a meet and greet for families at the Moline Library at 2 p.m. WQPT will host a short workshop and several literacy activities based on the Super Readers --Alpha Pig, Princess Presto, Wonder Red and Super WHY-- and their amazing adventures.

On Wednesday, June 16, Super WHY will be visiting the River Bandits at Modern Woodman Park in Davenport, IA to throw out the first pitch of the evening. Kids can meet Super WHY, receive a tattoo and activity sheet and get a photo.

On Saturday, June 19 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, our Super WHY star will be welcoming the crowds at the Healthy Living Fair at the downtown Farmer's Market in Davenport, IA. Bring your kids for activities focused on health and fitness.

If you're anxious to meet Super Why and avoid the large crowds, sign up for a WQPT Kid's Club Membership ($75). Families will be invited to a more intimate gathering on Thursday evening, June 17 with special activities just for them.

Super WHY is the only preschool program created to help kids learn the fundamentals of reading through interactive storybook adventures. The standout, imagination-stimulating series focuses on the adventures of four fairytale friends who transform into reading-powered superheroes: Alpha Pig with Alphabet Power, Wonder Red with Word Power, Princess Presto with Spelling Power, Super Why with the Power to Read and Super YOU with the Power to Help. Together, they are the "Super Readers"! In every fantastical episode of Super WHY! young viewers dive directly into a pop-up story to experience a brightly-illustrated children's tale brought to magical life.

Super WHY airs on WQPT Monday through Friday at 9:00 a.m. For more information contact Amanda or Karen at 309-796-2424, 800-747-2430 or wqpt@wiu.edu.

WQPT is a broadcast service of Western Illinois University - Quad Cities.

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MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT, Quad Cities PBS is proud to announce that Hilary Osborn, a broadcast student at the University of Illinois is the recipient of the WQPT 2010 Broadcast Scholarship. The $500 award can be applied to tuition, books and fees.

Miss Osborn said "I am truly honored to be a recipient of the WQPT scholarship. From the time I was in middle school, I have known that I wanted to be in the field of broadcast journalism."   She also shared a story about WQPT, "When I was a young child, I remember watching the children's programs on this very station. Those programs were a great supplement to my early childhood education. For that, I am so grateful. It is reassuring to know that these programs are still available for young minds. Long Live WQPT and PBS!"

"We are delighted to be able to award this scholarship to Hilary and to know that WQPT helped play a role in her early childhood education," said WQPT General Manager, Rick Best.

WQPT is a broadcast service of Western Illinois University-Quad Cities located in Moline, Illinois.


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MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT is excited to announce the winners of the 16th Annual PBS Kids Go Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, formerly known as the Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest. 357 local children entered the contest and WQPT and judges from our sponsoring organizations chose the sixteen local winners (first, second, third and honorable mention) from kindergarten through third grade. The winners will be honored and awarded prizes at Deere-Wiman House on Sunday, May 16 at 3:00 pm.  First place winners will compete for prizes in the national PBS Kids Go competition. The winners will be announced in July. Last year Jayda Brunkan from Eldridge was a national first place winner for First Grade.

"The contest was particularly competitive this year. There were many, many stories that we creative, poetic or funny. It was difficult for the judges to pick their favorites," said WQPT Education Outreach Director, Ana Kehoe. Children could write fact or fiction and had to provide at least five illustrations to go along with their story.

Sponsors for the contest were Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House, Family Museum, Figge Art Museum and WQPT, Quad Cities PBS. Winning stories will be on display May 16 - 28 at the Butterworth Center in Moline, Illinois, June 2 to 15 at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa and June 17 to 30 at the Family Museum in Bettendorf, Iowa.

WQPT is a broadcast service of Western Illinois University - Quad Cities located in Moline, Illinois.



First Place

Annabella Wooten, Winola Elementary, Viola, IL

Second Place

Logan Thurman, Winola Elementary, Viola, IL

Third Place

Riley Packer, Erie Elementary, Erie, IL

Honorable Mention

Olivia Switzer, Winola Elementary, Viola, IL



First Place

Kyle Skinner, Alan Shepard Elementary, Long Grove, IA

Second Place

Alexander Xiao, Rivermont Collegiate, Bettendorf, IA

Third Place

Victoria DeClercq, Home-schooled, Moline, IL

Honorable Mention

Baylor Verbrugge, Edward White Elementary, Eldridge, IA.



First Place

Jayda Brunkan, Ed White Elementary, Eldridge, IA.

Second Place

Kadin Kruse, Morningstar Academy, Bettendorf, IA

Third Place

Ever Jens, McKinley Elementary, Davenport, IA.

Honorable Mention

Blake Hasson, Alwood Elementary, Alpha, IL.



First Place

Eunice Yoon, Prophetstown Elementary, Prophetstown, IL.

Second Place

Courtney DeClercq, Home-schooled, Moline, IL

Third Place

Alannah Skinner, Alan Shepard Elementary, Long Grove, IA

Honorable Mention

Micah Poole, Paul Norton School, Bettendorf, IA.

MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT, the area's regional public television broadcaster welcomes Jamie Lange as the new Chief Development Officer for the station. Ms. Lange comes to WQPT from the American Red Cross of Quad Cities Area where she served as the Financial Development Coordinator. A graduate of Pleasant Valley High School and Iowa State University, Ms. Lange began her career in the Quad Cities as the Fund Development Manager for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.  She was honored as one of the Leaders Under 40 in 2005 and she serves on the Leadership Council of The Network: Young Professionals of the Quad Cities. Additionally, she is President for Association of Fundraising Professionals Quad Cities chapter.

"As WQPT prepares to transfer its license from Black Hawk College to Western Illinois University, the station wanted to implement a part of the strategic plan, which was to bring on a full-time development professional, whose duties were focused entirely on fundraising," said WQPT General Manager, Rick Best.  "We are very excited to have Jamie Lange join WQPT as we head into a new chapter in the history of the station." Mr. Best added that Lora Adams, who served as Chief Development Officer, will become the Director of Marketing and Local Content, retaining her duties regarding marketing and as producer of WQPT pledge drives. Her new duties will also include the creation and production of new local programming.

WQPT is located in Moline, Illinois on the campus of Black Hawk College.

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MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT, Quad Cities PBS announces the new PBS Kids Go Writing Contest, which takes the place of the annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest. "This new contest builds on the foundation laid by Reading Rainbow and encourages young writers to communicate more effectively through the development of early writing skills" said WQPT Educational Outreach Director, Ana Kehoe.

The contest is open to students in Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade and 3rd Grade.  Every entrant will receive a Certificate of Achievement.  Stories must be the original work of the child. They may write fact or fiction, prose or poetry. All entries must be postmarked by Tuesday, April 6, 2010 and mailed to WQPT, 6600 34th Avenue, Moline, Illinois 61265 or delivered to WQPT in Building 2 at Black Hawk College in Moline. Sixteen winners (four selected from each grade) will receive local recognition on WQPT and win special prizes.  First place winners will compete for national prizes. Winning stories will be displayed at the Butterworth Center in Moline, Illinois, the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa and the Family Museum in Bettendorf, Iowa. Winners will be notified in late April and a reception will be held to honor the winning stories.

For the last two years Jayda Brunkan of the Ed White School has gone on to win a national prize. As a kindergartener she was a 3rd place finisher in the national competition and last year she was a first place winner. There were 45,000 contest entrants nationwide and Jayda was one of only 12 national winners.

The sponsors are also hosting workshops to help Kindergarten through 3rd grade students with their writing and illustrating skills. Participants are not required to enter the contest. Parents are also invited to learn how to assist children with writing and editing stories.  These workshops are free and will be held at:

° Sat., Feb. 13, 10 am - 11:30 am: The Bettendorf Library, 563-344-4178

° Sat., Feb. 27, 10 am - 11 am: The Moline Library, 309-736-5742

° Mon., March 8, 3:30 pm-5:00 pm: The Family Museum, 563-344-4170

Please contact the museum and libraries to sign up for the workshop.

To find out more about entering the contest log on to www.wqpt.org.

Funding and support for the project has been provided in part by the Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House, Figge Art Museum and Family Museum.

WQPT is located on the campus of Black Hawk College in Moline, Illinois.

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MOLINE, ILLNIOIS - The sun was shining. Minus Six was performing. The Iowa game was on the big screen television, and 1,800 people tasted a variety of beers and cheeses at the 10th Annual WQPT Brew Ha Ha on Saturday, September 19th.

At the end of the day, once the ballots had been tallied, Bend River Brewing Company and Blue Cat Brew Pub took home the trophies for Best Brews at Brew Ha Ha 2009..

First Place went to Bent River Brewing Co. for their brew, Uncommon Stout. They also won Second Place with Dry Hopped Ale and their trophies were picked up by Steve Ratcliff. Third Place went to Tucks Tenacious Trippel from Blue Cat Brew Pub with Melissa Wileke picking up the award.

WQPT's Brew Ha Ha was sponsored by Old Chicago Bettendorf, Rock 104-9 and Cumulus Broadcasting, Rhythm City Casino, River Cities' Reader, KWQC, Mediacom, Pratt Audio Visual & Video Corp., Penguin's Comedy Club, Dimitri Wine & Spirits, Inc., Glazer's Distributors of Iowa, Miller Lite, Budweiser, Cabot Cheese, Downtown Partnership, City of Davenport, Hawkeye Ice, Iowa American Water, Midwest Originals Booking, Millennium Waste, Quad City Golf Cars, and Sunbelt Rentals.

WQPT is the Quad Cities local public television station located on the campus of Black Hawk College in Moline, Illinois.

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MOLINE, ILLINOIS & FALLS CHURCH, VA - WQPT launches MHz Worldview as the 24th nationwide affiliate.

MHz Worldview will be available initially to over-the-air viewers from 7 am - 11 pm, on channel 24.2. Area cable systems will be adding the service within the next few weeks. A complete program schedule can be found on www.wqpt.org or at www.mhznetworks.org/mhzworldview/.

Known for its 'Programming for globally-minded people,' MHz Worldview serves as a liaison in bringing programs and understanding from around the world to American audiences.  MHz Worldview watchers will see a variety of news, public affairs and entertainment programming from around the world. News programs include "Euro News", "France 24 News", "RT News" from Russia and "Al Jazeera English News".  Sports fans can watch Australian Rules football. Entertainment programs include "BB's Presents: Best of the Blues", "Asian Variety Show", and "Bollywood Unlimited". Drama fans will see series such as the police/crime drama "The Octopus" and the French detective series "Maigret".

WQPT General Manager, Rick Best says, "The international scope of MHz Worldview will provide our globally-minded viewers with a wide array of new programs to supplement the programs from PBS and other public television sources that they are accustomed to watching on WQPT's main channel."

MHz Networks CEO, Frederick Thomas says, "WQPT brings the mission of global understanding to their viewers with the launch of MHz Worldview and we know the Quad Cities and surrounding areas will appreciate WQPT's addition of the globally-minded content."

WQPT is located on the campus of Black Hawk College in Moline, Illinois.

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MHz Networks is an independent, non-commercial television broadcaster delivering international educational and arts programming and providing diverse cultural perspectives for a globally-minded audience.

MHz Worldview, MHz Networks flagship channel, brings programming to globally-minded audiences in the US though affiliates, including cable, satellite and online. A division of Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation headquartered in Richmond, VA, MHz Networks is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. MHz has studio facilities in Falls Church, VA and at Washington, DC's Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Contact for MHz Networks: Stephanie Misar, 8101 A Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA 22042, 703-770-7100.

MOLINE, ILLINOIS - Tickets for WQPT's 10th Annual Brew Ha Ha are available at a variety of locations, however, early bird ticket sales will end online at wqpt.org on Monday, September 14th at 11:00 a.m. Ticket sales will end at the WQPT offices on Friday, September 18 at 5:00 p.m. Other locations for ticket sales include Old Chicago in Bettendorf and Co-Op Records in Moline and Davenport. Tickets purchased prior to the event are $20 and $25 on the day of the event at LeClaire Park. Tickets sales at the gate are cash only. No checks or credit cards will be accepted.

WQPT Special Events Coordinator, Bea Brasel said that a number of changes for ticket sales have been implemented including an earlier cut off for web sales and the elimination of the Will Call line at the event. "There will not be a "Will Call" lane this year. Tickets will need to be purchased and picked up in advance or purchased at the gate," said Brasel.

Brew Ha Ha is celebrating its 10th Anniversary and will feature tastings, music by Minus Six and comedy by Dwayne Clark provided by Penguin's Comedy Club.

Sponsors for the event include Old Chicago, Rock 104.9, Rhythm City Casino, River Cities' Reader, Dimitri Wine & Spirits, Glazer's of Iowa, Wolfe Beverage, Vanguard Distributing, KWQC, Pratt Audio Visual & Video Corporation, Mediacom, Cabot Cheese, City of Davenport, Downtown Partnership, Hawkeye Ice, Iowa American Water, Midwest Originals Booking, Millennium Waste, Penguin's Comedy Club, Quad City Golf Cars, and Sunbelt Rentals.

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