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November 2011
 A Message from Our President....

Thank you!!
What better way to start this note than by thanking each and every one of you.  After all, this is the season of thanks, and at Quad City Music Guild, we have so much to be thankful for.
Thank You...to each and every member of our organization.  That includes those of you on stage in our 2011 shows, those of you behind the scenes, and those of you whose contribution to our success may not always be recognized but certainly is noticed.
Thank You...to our audience members for purchasing tickets based on both faith and our history of producing quality shows each year.  By the time Scrooge ends its run, more than 13,000 tickets will have been sold to our theater-going friends.  We are thankful and appreciative of your ongoing support.
Thank You...to each and every person who contributed to our Please Be Seated campaign.  The efforts of our fundraising committee, donors, and patrons have realized our long-standing dream of replacing our auditorium seating.  Mission accomplished.
Thank you...to all involved in our already exciting 2012 season.  Directing teams are already hard at work and season ticket holders are steadily renewing tickets for next year.  Discussions are already taking place for 2013.  Our future is secure, which is all the more reason to be thankful.
Part of the tradition during this holiday season is gift giving.  Please allow me to shamelessly plug our 2012 season of 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Meet Me In St Louis, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hello, Dolly!, and It's a Wonderful Life. 

Why not consider season tickets as a Christmas gift?  Our box office staff would be happy to help you personalized a gift certificate for your favorite theatergoer.
So thank you, one and all, for a successful 2011 season and the completion of our Please Be Seated Campaign.  Thank you for sharing your time, skills, and talents as part of our Music Guild family.  Tank you, friends for your ongoing support year after year.  Quad City Music Guild has become the theater we are so proud of thanks to each and every one of you.
Robert Williams 
 Kick Off the Holiday Season with QCMG!
 Scrooge: The Musical - December 1-4, 2011 
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Tickets are selling quickly, so call 309-762-6610 to reserve yours today! Don't miss your chance to see this holiday classic!
 Tis the Season!
QCMG gift certificates make perfect holiday presents for friends, family, and co-workers.  You can order gift certificates for single shows or for season ticket packages.  Gift certificates can be ordered by calling our box office at 309-762-6610.
2012 Season Tickets Available

We are now accepting Season Ticket orders for our 2012 Season! You can call our box office at 309-762-6610 to place your order.  You can also contact us via email at boxoffice@qcmusicguild.com.  Current season ticket holders should submit their orders by January 31, 2012 to request the same seats.   
congratulations Election Results
The following individuals were elected to the QCMG Board of Directors at our annual meeting in October:
Susan Granet
Cathy Marsoun
Heidi Pedersen
Deb Shippy
Pami Triebel

A warm thank you to all of our qualified nominees for your willingness to serve  QCMG!

Coming Soon....

March/April 2012

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July 2012

August 2012

December 2012
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Audition Information

spellingbee Directing Staff
Director: Ben Holmes
Assistant Director: Tom Morrow 
Music Director: Dave Blakey
Choreographer: Beth Marsoun
Costume Designer: Deb Holmes
Set Designer: Mark Holmes 
Producer: Bill Marsoun



Audition dates: January 13 - 5:30-8:00p, January 14 - 1:00-5:00p, January 15 - callbacks if needed


Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser.

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is a hilarious tale of overachievers' angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The audience gets a glimpse into lives of our spellers, each having their own individual quirks that make us fall in love with each of them.


SPELLING BEE calls for at least nine strong character actors.  Each character plays their own unique role in the running of the show.  Individuality is key.  Some characters double, and results of auditions will determine how many actors will end up doubling.  Actors should come prepared with something that showcases who they are as performers, not just singers.  Each character has at least one solo, and all characters will be expected to sing harmony well.


SPELLING BEE is also unique in that it uses audience volunteers each night, which means each show has a different twist.



CHIP TOLENTINO - a boy scout and champion of the 24th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, he returns to defend his title, but he finds puberty hitting at an inopportune moment.  Tenor - C3-B4  

LEAF CONEYBEAR - The second runner up in his district, Leaf gets into the competition on a lark - the winner and first runner-up had to go to the winner's B at Mitzvah.  Leaf comes from a large family of former hippies and makes his own clothes.  He spells words correctly while in a trance.  In his song "I'm Not That Smart" he sings that his family thinks he isn't smart, but he insinuates that he is merely easily distracted.  Most of the words that he is assigned are South American rodents with amusing names.  Baritone/Tenor - A2-G4

LOGAINNE SCHWARTZANDGRUNENIERRE (SCHWARTZY) - Logainne is the youngest and most politically aware speller, often making comments about current political figures, with two overbearing homosexual fathers.  She is somewhat of a neat freak, speaks with a lisp, and will be back next year.  Soprano - C4-D5.  


MARCY PARK - A recent transfer from Virginia, Marcy placed ninth in last year's nationals.  She speaks six languages, is a member of all-American hockey, a championship rugby player, plays Chopin and Mozart on multiple instruments, sleeps only three hours a night, hides in the bathroom cabinet, and is getting very tired of always winning.  She is the poster child for the Over-Achieving Asian, and attends a Catholic school called Our Lady of Intermittent Sorrows.  She is also not allowed to cry.  Soprano/Mezzo-Soprano- B3-E5
MITCH MAHONEY - The Official Comfort Counselor.  An ex-convict, Mitch is performing his community service with the Bee, and hands out juice boxes to losing students.  Tenor - E3-A4 (B4)
OLIVE OSTROVSKY - A young newcomer to competitive spelling.  her mother is an ashram in India, and her father is working late, as usual, but he is trying to come sometime during the bee.  She made friends with her dictionary at a very young age, helping her to make it to the competition.  Soprano - B3-F#5

RONA LISA PERETTI - The number one realtor in Putnam County, a former Putnam County Spelling Bee Champion herself, and returning moderator.  She is a sweet woman who loves children, but she can be very stern when it comes to dealing with Vice Principal Panch, who has feelings for her that she most likely does not return.  It is implied that she sees much of herself in Olive Ostrovsky.  Her favorite moment of the Bee is in the minutes before it starts, when all of the children are filled with the joy of competition, before they begin to resent each other.  She later declares that she likes how everyone has an equal chance of winning, citing as an example that last year's winner can be this year's loser and vice versa.  Another favorite moment is when the last winners go head to head for the top spot because it is so suspenseful and full of hope. Ms. Peretti herself won the Third Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by spelling "syzygy," which she recounts at the very beginning of the opening number. Soprano - C#4-Ab5 

WILLIAM BARFEE - A Putnam County Spelling Bee finalist last year, he was eliminated because of an allergic reaction to peanuts. His famous "Magic Foot" method of spelling has boosted him to spelling glory, even though he has only one working nostril and a touchy personality.  He has an often-mispronounced last name: it is Bar-FAY, not BARF-ee ("there's an accent aigu," he explains with some hostility).  He develops a crush on Olive.  Tenor - Eb5-Bb4 

DOUGLAS PANCH - The Vice Principal.  After five years' absence from the Bee, Panch returns as judge.  There was an "incident" at the 20th Annual Bee, but he claims to be in "a better place" now, thanks to a high-fiber diet and Jungian analysis.  He is infatuated with Rona Lisa Peretti, but she does not return his affections.
Double Roles are:  Logainne's two dads (hence SwartzANDgrunnierre), Jesus, and Olive's Mother and Father.  Whether or not parts are doubled will depend on auditions. 
It's That TIme of Year....
Every fall, QCMG updates it's volunteer database so that we can keep you informed about opportunities to help out at Guild.  If you are interested in helping with any of the following committees, please contact us at boxoffice@qcmusicguild.com.  We'll put you in touch with the right person.  Thanks in advance for your interest! 
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Grounds Maintenance
Bus Greeters
Costumes/Costume Shoppe
Interior Decoration
Internal Sales
Play Selection
Training Grants
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