|A Message from Our President.....|
White Christmas, our upcoming holiday season production, is off to a great start. OK, I'm a little prejudiced on the subject: It will be the last production during my term as Music Guild President, and I'm assisting director Mike Schmidt with the show. But I'm not exaggerating at all when I promise you White Christmas will be a great production.
The cast includes Guild veteran performers Kevin Pieper and Mike Millar (Bing and Danny
for those who remember the movie version), "sisters" Jen Sondgeroth and Steph Perry, and a whole host of other highly talented actors, singers, and dancers. Combine their talents with those of music director Deb Swift, choreographer Martha Taylor, and costumer Deb Holmes and you have a recipe for a show guaranteed to send audiences home humming such favorites as "Sisters", "I Love a Piano" and "Happy Holidays", not to mention the title song.
Ticket sales are brisk, so don't delay ordering your tickets today. Call 762-6610 or email email@example.com. Our box office staff is in between-the-shows mode, so it may take a couple of days for you to hear from them. But you'll want to get your order in the hopper while you still have a great choice of seats. You'll be glad you did. White Christmas curtains will be at 7:30 p.m. on December 2, 3 and 4, and at 2 p.m. on December 5.
While I'm busy selling tickets, let me add that now also is the best time to place your 2011 season ticket order. Our "ultimate" season ticket gets you all five 2011 shows for the price of just four shows. Next season already is drawing good audience response. It includes Shout in the Spring, Cinderella in June, Drowsy Chaperone in July, Music Man in August and Scrooge in December 2011. We've held the line on ticket prices, so you can buy single adult tickets for $15, or get all five shows for just $60 with the "ultimate" season ticket. That's about half of what you'd pay for a single show in Chicago. And you get top-quality musical theater without the long drive, expensive parking, or big city traffic. Order your tickets today. When showtime arrives, park at SouthPark Mall and ride our free shuttle to the warm comfort of our theater and back to your car.
Incidentally, the Guild board approved four directors for our 2011 season earlier this month. They are: Tom Vaccaro for Shout, Bill Marsoun for Cinderella, Bob Williams for Drowsy Chaperone, and Harold Truitt for Music Man" Please join me in applauding these excellent directors. (The Director for the 2011 holiday season show will be selected next summer.)
See you at White Christmas.
|Fall Clean Up Day|
Our annual fall clean up day is Saturday, November 13 at 9:00 am. Mark your calendars - any help you can give would be appreciated!
|QCMG Alumni Gathering|
Reminder: The QCMG alumni will meet for lunch at 12 noon on Wed. Oct 20th at O'Melias restaurant at 2900, Blackhawk Road. Patrons enter from the parking lot in back entrance on ground floor, and we will be served there, so it's handicapped accessable. Everyone is welcome. Call Cathie Anderson if you plan to attend. 309-762-3259. Don't forget to bring your memories of Guild so we can do our book.
|Congratulations to the Cast of |
Director/Set Design: Michael Schmidt
Assistant Director: Jerry Taylor
Music Director: Deb Swift
Asst Music Director: Lynn Grandon
Choreographer: Martha Taylor
Costume Designer: Deb Holmes
Bob Wallace - Kevin Pieper
Phil Davis - Mike Millar
Betty Haynes - Jennifer Sondgeroth
Judy Haynes - Stephanie Perry
General Henry Waverly - Steve Touvelle
Martha Watson - Jan Golz
Susan Waverly - Krianna Walljasper
Ralph Sheldrake - Roger Akers
Rita - Janelle Just
Rhoda - Jacie Just
Ezekiel Foster - Mark Holmes
Mike - Don O'Shea
The Ensemble (Alphabetically)
David Bailey, Jamie Bauschka, Chris Castle,
Linell Ferguson, Erica Hardin, Sarah Hepner, Kate Holsen, Adrian Pena, Kevin Pierce, Ellen Rickert, George Swift, Rachel Walljasper
Thank you to all who auditioned!
Don't miss White Christmas, December 2-5 at QCMG! Tickets can be purchased by calling 309-762-6610.
|2011 Season Tickets are Available!|
We are now accepting Season Ticket Orders for our 2011 Season. You can call our box office at 309-762-6610 to place your order. You can also contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Current season ticket holders should submit their orders by January 31, 2011 in order to request the same seats.
|Meet the Nominees...||
|At our annual meeting on October 26, we will be electing five members to our Board of Directors. If you filled out a Voting Member Application and are eligible, or if you are a Member/Patron, you received voting information via US Mail (see list below). The following individuals have been nominated for your consideration. Good luck to all! |
Mary professionalized and maintains Music Guild's accounting and budget processes. She is a Guild veteran who's performed in multiple stage roles and has costumed numerous productions. Mary has served multiple terms on the board of directors and also as Guild's treasurer/business manager. Professionally, Mary is a CPA and partner in the accounting firm of Reiser-Jennings & Co.. She and husband, Greg, are parents of two daughters and are also very active at Playcrafter's.
Kevin is a second generation 'Guilder' and has been active with Music Guild for many years, both on-stage and off. He served as president from 1994-2003 during which time the theater was remodeled, including the addition of heating/cooling, a new 5,000 square foot lobby and paved parking area. Kevin has been a board memberoff and on for several years, and is currently serving as chair of the marketing committee and co-chair of building, photography and fund-raising committees. In addition to board duties, Kevin has directed six Guild productions including The Producers, My Fair Lady and It's a Wonderful Life. He has also served as set designer/builder for nine productions, worked stage crews and volunteers regularly as a bus greeter, concessions worker. Kevin is employed as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer at DHCU Community Credit Union, Moline. He resides in Moline with his wife Valeree and daughters Heather and Hillary, all active Music Guild participants and volunteers.
Jimmy's involvement began with QCMG in the orchestra pit in 1999.After appearing in shows in 2000 and 2001, he came back to the Guild in 2005, this time with his then fiancÚ (now wife) Katie Casey. He most recently appeared on-stage in Curtains and Seussical. Jimmy graduated from the University of Illinois in 2004 with a bachelor's and master's degree in Accountancy. From 2005 to 2010, he served on the church council for the Church of Peace UCC in Rock Island, including terms as Secretary and President. Professionally, Jimmy works as a Business Analyst at John Deere in the Finance Division.
Deborah Shippy has been an active Music Guilder since 2009. Deb worked concessions most of last year and Grease this year, helped with set construction for Babes in Toyland, did stage crew for Babes, Pajama Game and Guys & Dolls, assisted with props for Curtains and participated in the play selection for the 2011 season. An Augustana grad, Deb is a librarian by day at Moline Public Library and a theater junkie by night.
Jen has been involved with QCMG since 2004. She currently serves as QCMG Board Secretary, is co-chair of the volunteer recruitment committee and the marketing committee, and is also the editor of Overtones, the organization's newsletter. In addition, Jen works in the box office and is a frequent concessions volunteer. Jen has been seen on-stage in numerous productions and has also served as Assistant Director/Stage Manager for The Producers and The Pajama Game. A speech-language pathologist for the Moline School District, Jen lives in Davenport with her husband, Nathan, and son, Ryan.
Deb has been involved with QCMG since 1999. Since then, she has served as Assistant Music Director for 11 productions and played in the pit orchestra for three productions. She has served as chair of the Program committee for eight years and is a current QCMG Board member. In addition, she has volunteered in the box office, concessions, usher, and lobby entertainment. She has accompanied performers for Guild promotional events throughout the Quad Cities. Deb is involved with the local chapter of National Assoc. of Women in Construction, serving as secretary, treasurer, and on the Board. She has also been secretary for the American Guild of Organists for the past eight years.
Jerry Taylor, now completing service as president, has been active in Music Guild since 1982. He has served on finance, program, building and grounds, operations and executive committees. He co-chaired the "Complete the Dream" fundraising campaign in the late 1990s to renovate and enclose Prospect Park Auditorium, and served several years as vice president. Currently assistant director of White Christmas, he also was assistant director of 1940s Radio Hour. He and his wife, Martha, also a very active Guilder, are parents of six and grandparents of 11. He is editor and publisher of The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus.
Randin Turner is a homeschooling mother of three. She has enjoyed being Asst. Music Director for many shows including Into the Woods, Oklahoma, Annie, Miracle on 34th Street, Evita, Seussical and Pajama Game. She also has fun being on stage, doing stage crew, playing flute in the pit, playing piano in the lobby and occasionally helping out in the concession stand. When not teaching her children or helping out at Guild (which isn't much these days), she spends her time teaching piano; playing for choirs, students and other shows and reading as much as possible.
|2010 Voting Member List|
The following individuals were sent ballots to vote for nominees to the QCMG Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting on October 26, 2010. The list is made up of 2010 Member Patrons and those people who filled out a Voting Member Form by the due date of September 12, 2010 for the 2010 season. If you have any questions about the list, please contact us at email@example.com.
Anderson, Gary and LaDonna
Bouljon, Greg and Mary
Bovenmyer, Dan and Helen
Brandt, Warren and Lora
Churchill and Churchill
Fisher, Tim and Tammy
Hanzelka, Dick and Mylene
Harrington, Roy and Dorose
Harris, Hunt and Diane
Jack and Theo Fund
Johnson Watkins Family Foundation
Kearns, Patrick and Jean
Kendall, David and Linda
Lewis, Jim and Karen
Lounsberry, J Adam
Lounsberry, John and Penny
Lynn Garvin-Huntley, LLC
May, Cindy and Ron
McDoniel, Chuck and Mary
O'Shea, John Donald
Pavinato, Gene and Stacie
Peterson, Jeff and Jana
Schwegler, John and Nancy
Spitzfaden, Tom and Cathy
VanSpeybroeck, John and Nora
Winn, Jenny and Kirby
Wirtz, Ruth and John