January 2014
Overtones Masthead
A Message from Our President......

Our 2013 season has concluded and I would like to give a huge "thank you" once again, to all who made it successful. Over 11,300 people attended our performances and experienced "Broadway in the Park". 2014 is now just around the corner and promises to be another great year. In addition to our slate of five shows, we look forward to getting moved and settled in our brand new costume shop.


In an attempt to keep this brief, let me say once again THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to make 2013 a fabulous year. I will fill future Overtones editions with updates and the usual requests for help (and money!), but for now I would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy, and blessed New Year.

Craig Woodard



Costume Shoppe Move
  The big day is almost here!  We will be moving our Costume Shoppe from its current Rock Island location to the new addition at Guild on Friday, January 10 and Saturday, January 11.  We need all the help we can get.  Work will begin both days at 8:00 am.  If you are able to help, please contact Cathy Marsoun at 309-788-8746 or bmarsoun@hotmail.com so she can give you details on when/where you are needed.  Thanks in advance for your help!
Please join us for the Pre-Audition Tea
The annual pre-audition tea will be held Sunday, February 9 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 A Christmas Survival Guide!
Congratulations to everyone involved in our December production, A Christmas Survival Guide.  Thank you for a great show!

Season Tickets Now Available!
Season ticket packages for our 2014 season are now on sale.  Three-, four- and five-show packages are available.  Orders must be received by January 31, 2014 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 2014

June 2014

July 2014

August 2014

December 2014
Willy Wonka Auditions - January 17 and 18, 2014
Directing Staff
Director/Set Design: Bill Marsoun
Assistant Director: Abbey Donohoe
Music Director: Gregg Neuleib
Assistant Music DIrector: TBD
Choreographer: Beth Marsoun
Costume Designer: Cindy Monroe
Props: Corinne Brown 
Sound Designer: TBD
Light Designer: Kevin Pierce
Producer: Mike Schmidt
AUDITION DATES: January 17th 5:30-8pm; January 18th 12-3pm; January 19th callbacks as needed
SHOW DATES: April 3-6, 2014


Important Note For Willy Wonka Auditions


***There is some confusion on who we may cast for various parts.  The roles of Charlie, Veruca, Violet, Augustus and Mike TV will be cast from the age group of fourth grade through high school students.  Some actors believe there are no parts for junior high, high school or college age performers.  That is a misconception.  The above roles are very important to our show and require stage presence. So, high school students we have good parts for you. Try out and maybe you can turn purple or fall in a river of chocolate.***


The musical Willy Wonka is based on the 1970's, Gene Wilder movie, "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." It relates the story of Charlie and four other children who, after finding golden tickets in chocolate bars, take a magical tour of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. There are songs galore. Willy is a signature role involving constant stage time. The Candy Man sings the beloved "Candy Man." Each of the five kids (Charlie, Augustus, Violet, Mike and Veruca) has individually featured songs. The parents of each child sing along with the children. The show reads and plays as an ensemble production. 

There are parts for all ages. We are casting age appropriate actors. We wish to see young people who are in at least fourth grade. For the five main kids (Charlie, Augustus, Violet, Mike and Veruca), we hope to see people with mature voices and stage experience. 

Please wear something comfortable because there will be a small dance number.

Please be prepared to sing an appropriate song of 16 bars.


Willy Wonka - G2 to F4: A charismatic adult man

Charlie Bucket - Bflat4 to F#5: An innocent and loveable boy

Grandpa Joe - Bflat3 to Eflat4: Charlie's Grandpa who is a central character involved in many scenes and songs

TV Reporter - B4 to G4: Adult man or woman who is involved in many scenes and songs

Candy Man - A3 to D4: An adult man or woman with minimal rehearsal time

Mr. Bucket - B3 to Eflat4: Charlie's singing dad

Mrs. Bucket - Bflat4 to Dflat5: Charlie's singing mom

Augustus Gloop - B3 to G4: Child with a song

Mrs. Gloop - C4 to E5: Augustus' mom

Violet Beauregarde - G3 to E5 (belt): The child who turns into a blueberry

Mrs. Beauregarde - C4 to G4: Violet's mom

Veruca Salt - C4 to G5: Child with a song

Mr. Salt - C3 to G3: Veruca's dad

Mike Teavee - G3 to Eflat5: Child with a song

Mrs. Teavee - B4 to F5: Mike's mom

Oompa Loompas - Low A to High A (2 octaves)

Grandma Josephine, Grandpa George, Grandma Georgina - Comic parts

Boys and girls - Act and sing in the ensemble and become parts of the set. 

Les Miserables Auditions - February 15-16, 22, 2014
 Directing Staff
Director/Set Desgner: Bob Williams 
Assistant Director: Colleen Houlihan
Music Director: Bob Manasco
Assistant Music Director: Susan Senn
  Choreographer: Emma Wiliams
Costume Designer: Cathy Marsoun and Connie McGinn
Sound Designer: Sean McGinn
 Light Designer: Mike Turczynski
Props: TBD
Producer: Dave Blakey
AUDITION DATES: February 15 9:30a-12:00p, February 16 2:00-3:45p; February 22 3:00-5:30p
Callbacks February 23 as needed  
SHOW DATES: June 13-15, 19-22, 2014

In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter. His world-view shattered, Javert commits suicide, and Valjean at last attains the peace he has sought for so long.

Epic, grand and uplifting,
LES MISÉRABLES packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world.



JEAN VALJEAN - Prisoner 24601. Released from serving 19 years in prison, Valjean decides to break parole, change his identity and turn his life around, proving that the corrupt can make themselves virtuous (dramatic tenor)

INSPECTOR JAVERT - Javert respects the law above all else and believes people cannot change. He remains in pursuit of Valjean, hoping to bring the former convict to justice. (baritone or bass/baritone)

FANTINE - A poor factory worker who loses her job and must turn to prostitution to continue to pay for her illegitimate daughter in the care of the Thenardiers. Fantine meets a tragic end but returns to escort Valjean to his final reward. (lyric mezzo-soprano).

THENARDIER - A second rate thief and opportunist. Thenardier's shole purpose in life is to take from others. Although at times a comic, Thenardier has a dark side often present on stage (comic baritone)

MADAME THENARDIER - Loud and brash, she is Thenardiers unscrupulous wife. The Theardiers provide the few moments of lightness and humor in the show (contralto)

ENJROLAS - Strong and outspoken, Enjrolas is the leader of the student revolutionaries. (tenor or baritone)

MARIUS PONTMERCY - A student revolutionary, Marius is friends with Eponine, but falls in love with Cosette. He lives to see the horrors of battle. (tenor or baritone)

EPONINE - Daughter of the Thenardiers, Eponine has led a life of suffering and denial. She still has hopes for a better life and is secretly in love with Marius. (mezzo-soprano)

COSETTE - The daughter of Fantine, Cosette was rescued from the Thenardiers by Valjean and has grown to be a woman of culture and privilege. (soprano)



GAVROCHE -Gavroche is a street-wise urchin and friend of the young revolutionaries. (boy soprano voice that is still pre-adolescent and has not moved into maturity)

YOUNG COSETTE -The daughter of Fantine, Cosette is in the care of the Thenardiers who have abused her (treble)

YOUNG EPONINE -Eponine is the pampered daughter of the Thenardiers. This is a non speaking, non singing role.

Young Cosette and Young Eponine will be sharing roles, alternating the weekends of performances.

Please note that these are the only roles for young people in Les Miserables. We will not be casting additional children. Those auditioning for these three roles must be no younger than in 3rd Grade and no older than a 7th grade student at the time of your audition.



LES MISERABLES has a very large and active chorus with ensemble members assuming multiple roles and characters. Most ensemble members will have character solos. Some of the identified solos include:

FACTORY GIRL - Mistress to the foreman

BISHOP OF DIGNE - A man of the cloth who helps Valjean find purpose and direction in his life.

THE FOREMAN - The foreman at Valjean's factory where Fantine also works.

BAMATBOIS - An abusive upper class man who tries to buy Fantine's sexual services.

HAIR HAG - An old woman who convinces Fantine to sell her hair.

LOCKET CRONE - Coerces Fantine into selling her locket to pay for Cosette's keep.

FAUCHELEVANT - Rescued by Valjean when he is trapped under a fallen wagon.

THENARDIER'S GANG - Montparnasse, Babet, Brujon, Claquesous

STUDENT REVOLUTIONARIES- Combeferre, Feuilly, Courfeyrac, Joly, Grantaire, Lesgles, Prouvaire




Because LES MISERABLES is totally sung through, there will be no readings or dance auditions. The entire audition period will be devoted to music. Please prepare 32 bars to sing at auditions. Songs from LES MISERABLES are welcome but not required. If you would like to sing from the show, we will have music available to download for audition purposes at www.qcmusicguild.com. You can also contact Director Bob Williams at the email address listed below for copies of the music.

Because there will be no readings we do ask that you prepare for your audition a character song, one that shows not only your singing ability, but your acting skills as well. Be prepared to show your personality.

Persons auditioning must be high school sophomores or older. Due to the volume of music in LES MISERABLES we will be having an 8 week rehearsal period with rehearsals starting about April 21. The first weeks will be tailored to accommodate individual schedules with most people only needing to be available 2-3 days per week. Please consider your availability before auditioning.

If you have any questions about auditions, please contact director Bob Williams at robt.williams@hotmail.com. We look forward to having you join us as we bring this musical loved the world over to the stage at Quad City Music Guild.



Legally Blonde Auditions - February 15-16, 22, 2014
 Directing Staff
Director: Tristan Tapscott
Assistant Director: Deb Shippy
Music Director: Cindy Ramos
Assistant Music Director: Randin Turner
Choreographer: Katie Ross
Costume Designer: TBD
Set Designer: TBD
Sound Designer: TBD
Light Designer: Steve Parmley
Props: Cherie Lyman
 Producer: Bill Marsoun

AUDITION DATES: February 15 12:15-2:45p; February 16 4:00-5:45p; February 22 9:30a-12:00p
 Call backs as needed February 23
SHOW DATES: July 11-13, 17-20, 2014  




Everyone will be expected to sing and dance. If you have a special talent or skill, please be prepared to perform it at the audition.


*Some principle roles will be double with several ensemble roles! If you are in this show, you will be busy! There will be very little time backstage for anyone! Much of the scene changes will part of the show... Be prepared! It's going to be one wild ride!



Elle Woods (18-30) - Recent college graduate and quintessential Valley Girl who goes to Harvard Law school to impress her ex-boyfriend. She enters law school just a pretty face and hot body, but leaves pretty smart and hot for another man. This character will not be one-dimension. Elle needs to be not only youthful and bubbly, but also, vulnerable, lovable, determined, gregarious, and forceful. She must be a triple threat. Actor must be comfortable with showing her body. Actor must be comfortable being kissed on stage. Actor must be comfortable with dogs. Actor must be willing to be/become Blonde! Soprano Belt, Gb2 - G5


Paulette Bonafonte (28-50) - Actress must look young enough to still be able to have children. Brash and funny Hair Stylist (no hair experience necessary) She and Elle help each other to achieve their dreams of the perfect Man and Manicure. Actor must be comfortable with dogs. Actor must be willing to be kissed on stage. Soprano Belt, A3 - A5


Brooke Wyndham (25-early 40's) - A beautifully aging Deltu Nu sorority sister who stars in her own line of exercise videos. She is accused of murder. Actor must be comfortable with showing her body. Actor must be able to dance and be skilled at jump roping. High stamina and energy will be needed throughout rehearsals and runs of this show. Being physically fit is a must for this role to properly be able to sing and jump rope. (Practice at home before auditioning, it is not that easy) If you are specifically auditioning for this role, be prepared to jump rope at your audition. Alto or Soprano, A3 - G5 


Pilar (15-30) - Delta Nu sorority sister/Greek Chorus Member. She is the sassy and sensible one. Actor must be comfortable with showing her body. Actor must be comfortable with dogs. Soprano Belt, G#3 - F5 


Serena (15-30) - Delta Nu sorority sister/Greek Chorus Member . She is the UCLA cheerleader. Actor must be comfortable with dogs. Soprano Belt, G#3 - F5


Margot (15-30) - Delta Nu sorority sister/Greek Chorus Member . She is the man hungry, seemingly dim-witted one.  Actor must be comfortable with dogs. Soprano Belt, G#3 - F5


Enid Hoopes - (15-30) - Harvard Law Student and extreme feminist. Actor must be comfortable playing possible lesbian stereo-types. Soprano Belt, G3 - G5


Vivienne Kensington (15-30) - Stuck up and wealthy. She is a smart and savvy law student that understands that what matters most are brains. Although beauty is not her highest priority, she is also very attractive. Vivienne does not have to be Brunette. Actor must be comfortable kissing on stage. Soprano Belt, A3 - F5


Kate (15-30) - Delta Nu sorority sister/Greek Chorus Member. She is the smart and nerdy one. Will play several other roles in the ensemble as well. Alto, Bb3 - Eb5


Chutney Wyndham (20-early 40's) - Step Daughter to Brook Wyndham. Smaller Role but will also be an ensemble member through-out show. Actor may be asked to get a perm. (non- singing, but will in ensemble)



  • Delta Nu Sisters: CeCe, Veronica, Leilani , Shandi, Gabby, and Kristine
  • Mrs. Woods - Elle's Mom - Alto, C4 - E5
  • Whitney - Vivienne's Best friend - Alto, G3-C5
  • Store Clerk #1, Store Manager, Front of Store Cashier, Perfume Clerk #1 and #2
  • District Attorney Joyce Riley, Judge, Reporter, Stenographer, and Jurors
  • Alumni of Delta Nu and current UCLA students
  • Restaurant, Mall and Beauty Shop Patrons
  • Harvard Law Professors and Students
  • Sabrina - (Featured in Brooke's Video) and Brooke's Inmates


Emmett Forrest (18-30 years old) - Attractive, yet smart and sensitive, older law student who takes Elle under his wing and finds love with her. Actor must be comfortable with showing his body. Actor must be comfortable being kissed on stage. Actor must be comfortable with dogs. Tenor, B2 - A4  


Warner Huntington III (18-30 years old) - He is a model, extremely attractive and self centered. His pompous and arrogant nature destroys everything that he could have had with Elle. Actor must be comfortable with showing your body. Actor must be comfortable being kissed on stage. Actor must be comfortable with dogs. Tenor, Eb3 - Ab4  


Professor Callahan (40-60 years old) - A pompous and manipulative law professor at Harvard. He objectifies Elle. Callahan should be both charismatic and warm but able to turn instantly to a conniving shark. Actor must be comfortable being kissed on stage. Baritone, A2 - F#4   

Dewey (30-50; open ethnicity) - Paulette's ex-boyfriend. Red neck and trashy. Lazy. Smaller role. Actor will also be in the ensemble. (non-singing, but will in ensemble)  


Kyle (18-30; open ethnicity) - A handsome, in shape USPS/Fedex/UPS employee. Must be physically fit and comfortable showing his body. Must be comfortable being an object of lust. Must be comfortable moving or doing an Irish Step dance. No experience necessary. Smaller role but will also be an ensemble member throughout the show. Actor must be comfortable being kissed on stage. Actor must be comfortable with dogs. (non-singing, but will in ensemble)   

Sundeep Padaman (15-30) - Harvard Law Student and ex-dictator of a Middle East nation. Baritone/Tenor  


Aaron Schultz (15-30) - A Harvard Law Student and multi-millionaire. Second Tenor



  • Mr. Woods - Elle's Father; Baritone, D3-E#4
  • "Jamaican Me Crazy" Rapper Grand Master Chad (High Baritone) and Dancers
  • Harvard Admissions Council Members: Winthrop, Lowell, and Pforzheimer (Bari-Tenors)
  • KiKi - Hair Colorist
  • Carlos - Nikos' Gay Lover- Tenor
  • Nikos - Brooke's Pool Boy
  • Alumni and current UCLA students
  • Restaurant, Mall and Beauty Shop Patrons
  • Harvard Law Professors and Students
  • Jurors and Bailiff
  • Suit Salesman
  • "Bend and Snap" male on-lookers
  • Brooke's Inmates


Oklahoma Auditions - February 15-16, 22, 2014
 Directing Staff
Director/Set Designer: Harold Truitt
Assistant Director: Mike Millar
Music Director: Deb Swift
Assistant Music Director: Cheryl Bolt
Choreographer: Susie Adams
Costume Designer: TBD
Sound Designer: TBD
Light Designer: TBD
Producer: Bill Marsoun 

 AUDITION DATES: February 15th 3:00-5:30 pm; February 16th 12:15-2:45 pm; February 22nd12:15-2:45 pm
Callbacks as needed February 23 

SHOW DATES: August 8-10, 14-17, 2014   




It's time for dusting off your cowboy boots and hats,filling your picnic hampers and get ready to sing and
dance your way into the hearts of Guild audiences once again.
Auditions have been set for the summer season to include the ever popular Broadway classic, OKLAHOMA!
to stage in August 2014.

We of the OKLAHOMA staff, encourage ALL who wish to enjoy the magic of the stage to audition for such a
great show.  This production offers a beautiful score and the opportunity for some great dancing as well as
memorable characters.  OKLAHOMA! was first produced at St. James Theatre April 1. 1943 in New York and ran for 15 years, setting the stage for musical theatre as we know it.

Please come to auditions prepared to sing at least 16 bars of a song from a musical of your choice to best
show your voice and range.   It can be from the showif you wish.  NO tapes or accapella will be accepted.
Also, please provide a clear copy of the score you are singing for the accompanist.  There will be a short dancecombination, probably taught in the lobby beforehand,so please wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

Vocal character to be considered are:

Curly - Baritone/Tenor - handsome cowboy, strong stage
            voice and actor
Laurie - Soprano - Lovely strong actress with strong stage
Will Parker - Character voice, Tenor/baritone - comedic
                      character that dances well, tap helpful
Ado Annie - also character voice, Mezzo.  comedic and fun
Jud Fry - Baritone/bass -  ranchhand, dark and mysterious
Andrew Carnes - Tenor, neighboring farmer for fast paced
                             song to open 2nd act.
Ali Hakim - character voice as well.  Peddler man
Aunt Eller - strong character, older but fiesty and wise

Other supporting characters and chorus will fill the stage
to make this the rousing fun musical to top off the season!!!
Come join the fun and we'll have a great time in

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.