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October 2012
A Message From Our President....

Let me begin by saying "thank you" to each and every person who has assisted in making our 2012 season the success that it has been thus far.  Performers, crews, support personnel, and audience members; thank you one and all of your personal contribution to our four shows so far this season. And one holiday favorite, "It's a Wonderful Life" remains before we put this season to rest.

We are very excited about our upcoming slate of shows for 2013 and we hope you are excited as well. Contracts have been signed and directors are being selected to lead each show from page to stage. Season tickets are currently on sale for our 2013 season, as well as for "It's a Wonderful Life." Call our box office and order yours today!

While we are on the topic of tickets, why not consider a Music Guild gift certificate as a holiday gift for your favorite theater-goer?  The gift certificate can be applied to the tickets of their choice  It may seem a bit premature to be discussing Christmas, but we are already rehearsing our Christmas show, so the holiday season prevails.

Although our primary purpose at QCMG is to provide our audiences with the best stage productions possible, there are many other facets to our organization that must be managed year round.  One of our hidden treasures is our costume shop.  Although Music Guild constructs and maintains costumes for all our productions, we also make them available to schools and organizations throughout the area. Last year we assisted in costuming over 70 shows that were not produced on our stage. Over the years our costume shop has continued to grow, and now we are bursting out of our present location.

In order to provide the best possible services to our costume shop patrons, we have decided to take the giant leap and relocate. This would not have been possible without the generosity of several friends who remembered us after their passing. The purpose of this message is twofold. We are looking forward to the growth of our shop and the opportunity to assist other groups in producing their shows. At the same time, we would like to thank our generous donors. Their contribution extends beyond the walls of our theater. It touches schools, church groups, and other theaters as well. Please take time to consider being one of these donors through either a living memorial or as part of your estate planning.

It has been an exciting season for us at QCMG, but it's not quite over yet! Even as we celebrate 2012, we are preparing for 2013 - and looking forward to sharing it with each and every one of you.  

Robert Williams               

QCMG Alumni Gathering

The QCMG alumni will meet for lunch on Wednesday, October 17th at noon at O'Melia's in Rock Island. Everyone is welcome. Meet on lower level and enter from the back parking lot. Please bring your written or typed memories of QCMG with you. Please call Cathie Anderson at 309-762-3259 if you plan to attend. We hope to see you there!


Congratulations to the Cast of
It's A Wonderful Life

Directing Staff
Director: Deb Shippy 
Assistant Director: Cherie Lyman
Music Director: Deb Swift
Asst Music Director: Natalie Condit 
Choreographer: Shana Kulhavy 
Costume Designer: Deb Holmes
Set Designer: Mark Holmes
Props: Heidi Pedersen
Lighting Design: Mike Turczynski
Sound Design: TBA
Producer: Bob Williams
The Cast
George Bailey - Nathan Bates
Mary (Hatch) Bailey - Jen Sondgeroth
Clarence - Greg Golz
Joseph - Kevin Pierce 
Henry Potter - Mark Holmes 
Uncle Billy - Don Faust 
Bert - Jim Perry 
Ernie - Greg O'Neill 
Violet Bick - Jess Schmidt 
Sam Wainwright - Bob Manasco 
Mayor - John Donald O'Shea 
Harry Bailey - Tommy Ratkiewicz
Cousin Tilly - Cindy Ramos-Parmley
Mother Bailey - Sandra Atkinson
Pop Bailey - George Swift
Mr. Martini - Steve Touvelle
Mrs. Martini - Stephanie Perry
Mr. Gower - Gary Clark
Peter Bailey - Aidan Perry
Janie Bailey - Amira Siddique
Tommy Bailey - Nelson Lindmark
Zuzu Bailey - Livia Dodd
Ensemble: Axel Box, Hanna Dodd, Linell Ferguson, Kathy Hunt, Zamone Perez, Madison Perry, Owen Perry, Sophia Pike, Spencer Praught, Brittany Schultz, Yvonne Siddique, Kyle Wehr, Daniel Williams, Lindsay (Anderson) Zahniser

 Thank you to all who auditioned! 
Don't miss It's a Wonderful Life November 29-30 and December 1-2. Tickets can be purchased by calling 309-762-6610.





Coming Soon....

 December 2012

April 2013
June 2013

July 2013

August 2013

December 2013
2013 Season Tickets are Available!

We are now accepting Season Ticket Orders for our 2013 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, 2013 in order to request the same seats.  

Meet the Nominees...

At our annual meeting on October 23, we will be electing four members to our Board of Directors.  Voting information was mailed on October 1 to those who filled out the Voting Member Registration and/or participated in the Member Patron Program The following individuals have been nominated for your consideration.  Good luck to all!  


Heather (Pieper) Beck has been active with QCMG since the age of 10. A third generation 'Guilder,' she enjoys working behind the scenes as much as she does performing. Heather's service commitment to Guild began early when she served as Props Chair for 7 Brides for 7 Brothers at the age of 14. In the twelve years since, Heather (who is now 26) has worked numerous show stage/props crews, worked box office for 10 years, been a bus greeter, usher and concession worker dozens of times, assisted with several auditions, and more recently volunteered to work with shirt sales, marketing and as a member of the 2011 and 2012 social committees. Heather has also served on directing staffs as Assistant Book Director/Stage Manager for Little Women and Music Director for The Pajama Game. A 2009 graduate of Western Illinois University School of Music, Heather is a full-time music teacher at Our Lady of Grace School in East Moline and sings with Quad City Chorale Arts vocal ensemble. Heather looks forward to continuing her service to QCMG for many years to come.



Ben has been a Music Guilder his entire life starting as a mint chocolate chip connoisseur during 1988's production of 1776. Since then, Ben has been on stage for many shows, starting his sophomore year of high school in Guild's production of Kiss Me Kate, where he played Tom. Since then has been seen in Aida, Damn Yankees, Working (as Crazy Charlie), She Loves Me, Fiddler on the Roof (as Perchik), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and most recently as Freddy in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Ben has also been seen working behind the scenes as music director for Cinderella and book director for 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Ben has also been active volunteering with playing the piano in the lobby, working in the concession stand, bus greeting and helping out with annual clean ups of the Guild. When not on stage he serves as the choral director for the Orion School District as well as the Music Director at Trinity Lutheran Church in Moline. Ben is and will be a life-long Guilder with a strong passion for theatre and the arts in the Quad Cities.



Cherie has served on the Quad City Music Guild Board of Directors for the past 4 years.   Her first year was by special appointment from the President and the last three were as an elected board member. While on the Music Guild Board, she has served as co-chair of Concessions, as well as co-chair for Bus Greeters. Cherie has been Props chair for 7 Music Guild productions, her most recent show having been Hello Dolly. She is currently working as Assistant Director for It's A Wonderful Life. Along with her other duties, she has volunteered to work stage crew, set construction/painting and parking lot detail. For the past nine years, she has been employed by the Moline School District as a para-professional, working primarily with Autistic students. Cherie and her husband Stew have been married for 22 years and have two children.



I have been with the QCMG since 1998, first appearing on stage in "Oklahoma!" I have served as a producer, an assistant director, and on stage crews, being directly involved with 19 productions. While serving on the board from 2005-2011, I scheduled ushers, served as House Manager, and volunteered in other capacities. I was honored to be a recent recipient of the SAM Award and look forward to an opportunity to serve again on the board. Thank you for your kind support. Let's look forward to the next "BEST SHOW EVER!"



Tom Morrow has been active at Music Guild since being cast in "Jesus Christ Superstar", the first time it was done in 1976. Aside from the eleven years he left the Quad-Cities to live in Los Angeles and a few years in Green Bay, Tom has been active every year in one way or another. He has acted in approximately 12 shows, assistant directed 3 shows and book directed 2 shows. Tom was recruited by Pat Patterson to work in the box office and has done that every year for the last 10 or so years, except during a one year stretch where he was President of the Playcrafters Board of Directors. Tom has done props, concessions, bus greeting, ushering and in 2012 headed up Marketing/Publicity. He lives in Rock Island with his dog and two cats and has worked at Midland Information Resources in Davenport as a Publishing Representative. He has worked with many other theater groups in the Quad-Cities, Los Angeles and Green Bay and almost all of his closest friends are involved with theater. He has always loved being part of Music Guild.


Having been a member of the board of directors several times since 1975, I hope that my qualifications are sufficient to be elected once again to the Board. For the Guild since 1974, I have directed six shows, scenic designed seven, designed lighting for three, acted in nineteen, and been the producer/production manager for fourteen shows. I have also served as chair for bus greeters, the Guild's board secretary and the vice-president. Most recently I have been the chair of the 2012 committee that prioritized a set of five-year goals for the organization. I have continued to volunteer in such areas as auditions, concessions, parking lot, and building checks. I earned my B.A. degree in theatre, and because I earned my M.A. in theatre directing at Roosevelt University in CHICAGO, I just have to say about this board election: VOTE EARLY AND VOTE OFTEN!