January 2013
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A Message from Our President......
 Welcome to Quad City Music Guild's 65th year of Broadway in the Park. 2012 was very successful, and I would like to give a heartfelt thanks to all of our performers and volunteers who worked together to make it memorable. We could not have done it without the dedication and talents of all of you.

As we look ahead, the excitement from 2012 should carry us into another year.   We continue our search for a building that can enable us to relocate our costume shop. Our current facility has served us well, but we are literally busting at the seams (no pun intended), and are looking forward to finding a new location that will help us to serve a growing number of groups and organizations that have come to depend on us . Stay tuned for further details as they become available.

Our slate of shows for this year, consisting of Something's Afoot, Cabaret, Peter Pan, 9 to 5, and A Christmas Survival Guide are sure to entertain our audiences. Of course we haven't gotten to our 65th year by accident. We have flourished because of the talented volunteers that work tirelessly all year round to make it happen.   Along those lines we thank all of you who were involved over the last year and we hope that we can depend on you once again. If you have not been involved and would like to become involved we would love to have you. Regardless of your skills and areas of interest, I am sure we can find a committee or area that could use your help, so please consider volunteering. You will be glad you did.

And finally, don't forget to order your tickets for this coming year. There are a number of season ticket options available with our best bargain being the Ultimate Season Ticket Package. Ticket orders are being received daily and will be filled at the end of January. Regardless of which option you choose, by ordering now you will be assured of getting your desired seats for the entire year. Thanks in advance, and we look forward to seeing you in 2013!

Craig Woodard



2014 Play Selection Committee

It is that time of year yet again.  The Music Guild needs to choose the five musicals that will comprise our 2014 season and would like for you to help.  There will be two play selection meetings open to anyone who wishes to share ideas as to which musicals to produce.  The first will be held on Tuesday, January 8 and the second will be held on Tuesday, January 22.  Both meetings will begin at 6:30 P.M. in the Music Guild lobby.


There are no restrictions concerning who can participate.  Because we want to make certain that our season includes both new and previously successfully produced shows, because we want to make certain that we choose shows that will appeal to our audiences, because we want to make certain that there are available roles for a wide variety of male and female actors/actresses and young up to old(er) actors/actresses, because we want to make certain that our five shows encompass a wide variety of theatrical/historical periods and styles there are some guidelines that we would like those who recommend shows to follow.  If you intend to offer ideas about shows for production be sure to:


propose only new musicals for which the production rights are available from

     the companies that own those rights.

propose only shows previously produced by the Guild that have not

     been seen on the Guild stage at any time in at least the last ten years.

share with us at the meeting how many male roles, female roles, children's

     roles, and the chorus size that are contained in the shows that you are


share with us at the meeting how many settings there are and what types, i.e.

     interior, exterior, realistic, fantasy, etc.

identify shows for which you might be willing to serve in a particular capacity

     on the directing/production staff.


If you do not currently know the above information it can all be found at the web sites of the companies that own the rights to the musicals.  Tams-Witmark Music Library, Music Theatre International, or Samuel French, Inc. own most of the shows that you might want to propose. 


If you are unable to attend either the January 8th or the January 22nd meetings and have suggestions that meet the criteria above just let Mike Schmidt know and they will be shared with the group.  Mike can be contacted at mschmidt@qconline.com or 309-737-5245.  We hope that you will help us to create a memorable season!


Please join us for the Pre-Audition Tea
The annual pre-audition tea will be held Sunday, February 10 at 2:00 at QCMG.  This is your opportunity to learn more information from the directors of our summer shows and to hear songs from the productions.  Refreshments will also be served.  All are welcome!

Congratulations to the Cast, Staff, and Crew of It's a Wonderful Life!
wonderfullifeCongratulations to everyone involved in our December production, It's a Wonderful Life.  Thank you for a great show!

Season Tickets Now Available!
Season ticket packages for our 2013 season are now on sale.  Three-, four- and five-show packages are available.  Orders must be received by January 31, 2013 in order to request the same seats as last year.  New orders are also being accepted.  For more information, please visit our website, www.qcmusicguild.com or call our box office at 309-762-6610.  A volunteer will be happy to return your call!
Coming Soon!
April 2013

June 2013

July 2013

August 2013

December 2013
Something's Afoot Auditions - January 18-19, 2013
Directing Staff
Director: Martha Taylor
Assistant Director: Sue Woodard
Music Director: Dave Blakey
Assistant Music DIrector: Sue Williams
Choreographer: Kathy Taylor
Costume Designer: Deb Holmes
Set Designer: Mark Holmes
Props: Heather and Adam Beck
Sound Designer: Sean and Mark McGinn

AUDITION DATES: January 18th 6-8pm; January 19th 1-3pm; January 20th callbacks as needed
SHOW DATES: April 4-7, 2013

If you like to laugh, and enjoy Agatha Christie 'who dunits" you'll thoroughly enjoy Quad City Music Guild's spring musical, "Something's Afoot." One by one the characters are killed off in mysterious and hilarious ways as they encounter power failures, floodwaters, and suspicious behaviors.

The cast of 10 is:

Lettie: female age 21-32, mezzo
Flint: male age 40-60, tenor
Clive:male age 30-50, baritone
Hope: female age 20-26, soprano
Geoffrey: male age 40-60, baritone
Nigel: male age 21-35, tenor
Lady Grace: female age 40-65, mezzo
Col Gillweather: male age 45-65, baritone
Miss Tweed: female age 40-60, mezzo

This is the suggested list, but not one we cannot change. Hope to see you at auditions!


Cabaret Auditions - February 16-17, 23, 2013
 Directing Staff
Director: Bob Williams
Assistant Director: Deb Shippy
Music Director: Bob Manasco
Assistant Music Director: Deb Swift
Choreographer: Jayne Ploehn
Costume Designer: Deb Holmes
Set Designer: Mark Holmes

Light Designer: Kevin Pierce 
Producer: Dave Blakey

AUDITION DATES: February 16 12:15-2:45p; February 17 2:00-3:45p; February 23 9:30a-12:00p
Callbacks February 24 as needed
SHOW DATES: June 14-16, 20-23, 2013

"CABARET"  is the show that ushered in a new era of musical theater on Broadway. In some respects it was the first "concept" musical. Originally produced on Broadway in 1966 with subsequent revivals in 1987 and 1996, the show was crowned best musical during the original run and made a star of the original Emcee, Joel Grey. The movie adaptation swept the Academy Awards when it was released. The title song has become a part of our cultural fabric.

"CABARET" is two musicals in one show - the real world of American writer Cliff Bradshaw and German boarding house landlord Frau Schneider and the metaphorical world of the Cabaret where Nazi Germany is steadily on the rise. The songs in Cliff and Frau Schneider's world are standard musical fare between two couples finding love but heading down separate paths while the cabaret songs use exaggeration and the grotesque to both mimic and uncover the extremes in what the characters are doing. Sally Bowles is the link between the two worlds.

Characters and Vocal ranges:

  • Emcee - Master of Ceremonies -  The "narrator" of our story through song, dance and sarcastic mimicry. Tenor (up to Ab4 - some higher falsetto possible)
  • Sally Bowles -Our cabaret singer and Cliff's roommate. Sally is fragile, at times nave, and almost always in denial of her life and the truths surrounding her. Soprano (ideally, up to C6) with a strong belt
  • Cliff Bradshaw -An American traveling in Berlin. Although he falls in love with Sally, he has demons of his own to face first .Baritone (B2 to E3)
  • Fraulein Schneider - The worldly and tolerant landlord of a less than stellar boarding house.  She has lived through many changes over the years and is not blind to the changes happening in her once beloved homeland. Low Alto (down to Eb3)
  • Herr Schultz -  Owner of a fruit shop, in love with Frau Schneider and a German born Jew. Tenor (Eb3 to G4)
  • Fraulein Kost - A boarding house tenant, a prostitute and a Nazi sympathizer. Alto/Mezzo - high belt preferred (to Bb4)
  • Ernst Ludwig -  The first person to befriend Cliff when he arrives in Berlin and a Nazi. Ernst may not have solos' but he is active in many of the group numbers and is a pivotal character throughout the show.
  • Kit Kat Klub Girls/Boys and Ensemble Men/Women- Ensemble singers - all vocal ranges. These characters portray musicians, night club performers, party guests, dancers, Nazis and even a Gorilla wearing a tutu.

Songs include "Wilkommen," "Two Ladies," "Tomorrow Belongs To Me,"  The Money Song," "If You Could See Her," "It Couldn't Please Me More" and of course "Cabaret."

Please come to auditions with a prepared song of 32 bars that best represents you. An accompanist will be provided. A capella auditions or auditions to a prerecorded accompaniment will not be allowed. Dress comfortably as you will be asked to learn a dance. The Kit Kat Girls and Boys, Sally Bowles, the Emcee and some other characters will be dancing throughout the show. Don't be discouraged. We'll be gentle and by opening night you will be a confident dancer.

Those auditioning must be at least 16 years old when they audition. CABARET does contain strong messages and some themes that are of a more mature subject matter such as homosexuality, abortion and the rise of Hitler and Nazi propaganda which was undeniable during this period in world history.

Rehearsals will begin on or about six weeks prior to our June 14 opening night. We will rehearse Monday through Friday from 6:30 - 9:00 pm. If you have conflicts during those times, don't dismiss yourself from auditions. If we see a place for you in our troupe, we will find a way to work around your schedule.

Questions? Feel free to contact Bob at robt.williams@hotmail.com.

"Life is a Cabaret, old chum. Come to the CABARET!"




Peter Pan Auditions - February 15-17, 23, 2013
 Directing Staff
Director: Beth Marsoun
Assistant Director: Jodi McGinn
Music Director: Ben Holmes
Choreographer: Sunne McGinn
Costume Designer: Cathy Marsoun
Set Designer: Bill Marsoun
Sound Designer: Sean McGinn
Props: Sue Woodard
 Producer: Dave Blakey

AUDITION DATES: February 15 5:30-8:00p (children only);
February 16 9:30a-12:00p; February 17 4:00-5:45; February 23 3:00-5:30p
 Call backs as needed February 24
SHOW DATES: July 12-14, 18-21 2013

'Peter Pan' tells the story of a mischievous little boy who refuses to grow up. Peter Pan spends his never-ending childhood adventuring on the small island of Neverland as leader of his gang, the Lost Boys. The show's adventures begin when Peter teaches Wendy and her brothers how to fly and invites them to come with him to Never-Never-Land.  Along the way, they meet Indians, led by the beautiful warrior Tiger Lily, and Pirates, let by the evil Captain Hook.  Come fly with us during the summer of 2013!


Please bring at least 16 bars of music to sing in front of the directing staff.  Choose a song that shows the best of your voice.  You must sing with piano accompaniment provided.  If possible, please avoid choosing a song from Peter Pan.  Please consider picking a piece of music that is easy for an accompanist to sight read.  (Sondheim and Jason Robert Brown are not easy to sight read, for example)  Come prepared to learn a short dance. 


CHILDREN:  We would like to see any child auditioning for John, Michael or to be a Lost Boy to audition Friday, February 15.  To audition, the child must be in third grade this fall. We ask that children auditioning for this show prepare a poem to read for us.  Usually, Dr. Seuss is great.  You may or may not be asked to perform the poem for the directing staff. 


Here's who we're looking for:


Wendy:  A girl who loves to think she's grown up.  She needs to look about 16.  Mezzo

John:  A boy who likes to pretend he's grown up.  He needs to look between 10-13.  Soprano or Tenor

Michael:  a child still and sees excitement around every corner.  He needs to look very young.  Boy Soprano

Mrs. Darling:  A sophisticate.  A worried mother.  Mezzo

Mr. Darling:  A sophisticate.  Pompous on the outside; heart of gold on the inside.  No singing required.

Peter Pan:  A girl who plays a confident boy who never wants to grow up.  Must be very strong actor and singer.  No fear of heights.  Most likely will be required to cut hair.  Soprano, with strong belt.

Captain Hook:  The surge of the ocean with a flair for the finer things in life.  Strong actor.  Must be able to carry a tune.  Baritone.

Smee:  the opposite of Captain Hook.  Bumbling. 

Tiger Lily:  The beautiful, but dangerous leader of the Indian tribe on the Island.  Strong belt.  Must be a strong dancer.

Indians:  We are looking for 5-10 strong dancers and singers.  Most likely will be high school age and older

Pirates:  We are looking for 5-10 strong character actors.  Must be able to move and carry a tune.

Lost Boys & Girls:  We are looking for 10 child actor/singers.  Must be able to move, sing and deliver and memorize lines.  Parents will also be required to help during rehearsals and performances.


Rehearsals will begin mid-May.While school is in session, we will keep rehearsals for children to Fridays or early evenings.

9 to 5 Auditions - February 16-7, 23, 2013
 Directing Staff
Director: John VanDeWoestyne
Music Director: Gregg Neuleib
Choreographer: Erin Churchill
Costume Designer: Cindy Monroe
Set Designer: Kevin Pieper
Producer: Bill Marsoun

 AUDITION DATES: February 16th 3:00-5:30 pm; February 17th 12:00-1:45 pm; February 23rd 12:15-2:45 pm
Callbacks as needed February 24 

Rehearsals will start on or about June 24th

SHOW DATES: August 9-11, 15-18, 2013

For questions please contact John VDW at 309-502-1621 or jjvan1@geneseo.net

AUDITION NOTES: The minimum age to audition for this production is 16 years old at time of auditions. Exception: we will be casting one teenage boy (15-18) in the role of Josh (Violet's son). This will be a cast of +/- 35, split fairly evenly by gender. Bring complete sheet music (or vocal selections, etc.) that has piano accompaniment included (No tapes or CD's). You will be asked to sing approximately 16-24 measures of your song; Songs from the show are welcome, particularly if you're auditioning for the roles of Violet, Doralee or Judy.  Please select your music with the knowledge the accompanist will be sight reading your piece. Avoid overly-complicated selections. Wear loose clothing that will allow comfortable movement. In addition to singing and dancing, principal roles will be judged on comedic acting skills & timing. All skills will be weighed evenly in casting. RELAX....we will be very happy to see you!!!


ROLES in 9 to 5:

Note regarding AGES: We were hesitant to list specific ages for key roles because people tend to put too much stock in posted ages. Please understand the ages below are BROAD SUGGESTIONS for those not familiar with the plot and are in no way prohibitive or set in stone. We will cast people from the auditions based on what we feel you can bring to this production. Do not skip auditioning for a role you're interested in because you think you may not be the right age. Please give us the opportunity to decide. Plus, the "office ensemble" (which is the majority of the cast) can be any age.

Violet: (Lily Tomlin in film) 30's - 50's. She is the company's Head Secretary and Mr. Hart's Administrative Assistant. Attractive, strong, ambitious, and the single mother of a teenage son, she stands up for what she believes in. Wildly over-reacts in crises. Range: alto - low F to D

Doralee: (Dolly Parton in film) 20's - 40ish. A sexy spitfire who works at Mr. Hart's office. Sexy in a wholesome country-singer sort of way. She is proof that there is more to a woman than her looks. Lots of physical comedy. This actress cannot be shy, or sensitive to sexual humor and innuendo. Speaking & singing ACCENT very important. Range: soprano - low G to D

Judy: (Jane Fonda in film) 30's - 50's. The "new" "girl" at the firm, she has been burned by her husband's affair and is searching for personal empowerment. In the process of a divorce, she desperately needs this job. She's woefully insecure, yet determined and hopeful. Range: mezzo - low A to D, mid-high belt

Franklin Hart, Jr. (Dabney Coleman in film) 40's - 50's. President of Consolidated Industries. Married to Missy. Arrogant, self-absorbed, misogynistic, male chauvinist corporate 1970's boss. Is capable of superficial, smarmy charm. Is a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot. Seriously has the "hots" for Doralee and constantly harasses her. This actor must ooze charm and be a pompous, despicable snake at the same time. Lots of physical comedy, on the furniture, on the floor and in the air. Actor cannot be afraid of heights. Range: tenor or high baritone - low F to C

Roz: can be any age. The attentive office "kiss-up," gossip queen and snitch. She has an unrequited love for Mr. Hart and will do anything she can to win his approval. Roz provides much of the humor and has one of the best songs in the show. This actress cannot be shy, or sensitive to sexual humor and innuendo. Range: alto - low F to C

Joe: mid 20's - 40ish. Attractive, innocently charismatic office accountant. Is smitten with Violet despite being several years younger than her. Displays a sweet, if somewhat awkward charm in his attempts to woo Violet. Range: tenor - low B to G

Dwayne: 20's - 40ish (in line with Doralee). Doralee's attractive, loving husband. He is very supportive of her professional pursuits. A guitar player would be a "plus" but is not required. Range: tenor or high baritone

Dick: 30's - 50's (in line with Judy). Judy's soon-to-be ex-husband, an average guy suffering from either the "seven-year-itch" or "mid-life crisis." Might be sporting a little less hair and a little more paunch than he did 10 years ago. Range: any voice

Josh: 15- 18. Violet's son. Typical independent teenager, but loves his mom. Wants to be her pal.

Missy: 40's - 50's (in line with Hart). Hart's wife. Fluttery and ditzy.

Margaret: can be any age. Secretary. The office lush, a functioning alcoholic. Gets many innocent laughs. Is redemptive at the end.

Maria: 20's - 40's. Saucy secretary. Gets fired by Hart (thru Roz) for openly discussing employee's wages.

Kathy: can be any age. Secretary. Range: Soprano

Mr. Tinsdale: 50's & up. The "big cheese." Chairman of the Board of Consolidated Industries.


Other characters have various solo lines in all voices. ** This is an extremely active Chorus with all or some members involved in 12 songs. ** Very little down time offstage.

Questions about Overtones or need to update your email address?  Please contact Jen Sondgeroth at boxoffice@qcmusicguild.com.  Just put 'Overtones' in the subject line.