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!