A Message from the President.....
Our spring and three summer shows are now complete. We have already surpassed our attendance of all of 2013, with still one show to go. Whether you are an audience member, a behind the scenes volunteer, or a member of the cast, crew, orchestra, or staff of one of our shows, congratulations and thanks. None of this would be possible without you.
We look forward to our holiday show of 2014, "A 1940's Radio Christmas Carol". In this edition of Overtones you will find details about the show, including information about auditions which take place on September 20th and 21st. Tom Morrow and his staff are busily preparing for an outstanding production. You won't want to miss this final show of our 2014 season. Tickets are on sale and you can take advantage of our new online ordering system, which is available on our website at www.qcmusicguild.com.
Looking to the future, our 2015 slate of shows has been announced. Our spring show will be "Urinetown", followed by our summer season that will be comprised of "Young Frankenstein" in June, "Cats" in July, and "State Fair" in August. We will wind up our 2015 season with "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang". Season tickets are on sale now. Why not purchase them at the same time as those for "A 1940's Radio Christmas Carol"? And don't forget that gift certificates make great Christmas gifts, and they can be purchased through our box office also. And a final note regarding our 2015 season - Staff applications are still being accepted for directing staff positions. If you are interested in applying, a copy of our staff applications can be found on our website at www.qcmusicguild.com.
Finally, we hope you will attend our annual meeting which will take place on October 28th at 6:30p.m. This will give you a chance to see everyone and cast your votes for 2014 Board candidates. I look forward to seeing you there.
Thanks again to all of you who dedicate your time and talents to Quad City Music Guild. We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful group of volunteers.
Voting Member Information
You are eligible to be a voting member if you do one of the following during the season:
- partcipate in our Member/Patron Program
- participate in one of our 2014 productions (spring or summer) or our 2013 Winter production
- complete five hours of other volunteer work such as helping in the concession stand, as a bus greeter, or helping with clean up day.
To receive voting member information ahead of the Annual Meeting, you must let us know that you qualify by filling out and signing a registration form, available in the box office. Voting member notifications will only be sent to those individuals who have completed the form or are on the Member Patron List. Forms must be received by September 15, 2014. Late forms cannot be accepted. Remember, you must be at least 16 years old to be a voting member.
A list of those currently on the 2014 Voting Member List is below.
|QCMG Open House
Quad City Music Guild is hosting an Open House on October 4th from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to tour the building, including our brand new costume shoppe and workshop. Our guests can see what goes on behind the scenes to put our shows together. Cookies and punch will be served. We are in need of volunteers to be on hand to answer questions and guide our guests. People may contact Cathy Marsoun, at email@example.com, to volunteer.
|2014 Directing Staff Applications
Directing staff applications for our 2015 Season are available in the QCMG Box Office or on our website - www.qcmusicguild.com
Applications for the 2015 Spring and Summer Productions are due by September 15, 2014.
Applications for our 2015 Winter Production are due in June 2015.
Congratulations to our 2014 SAM Award winners, John Weigandt, Craig & Sue Woodard and Heather Beck. Thanks for all you have done and continue to do for QCMG!
A 1940's Radio Christmas Carol - Audition Information
PERFORMANCE DATES: DECEMBER 4 - 7, 2014
|Book Director||Tom Morrow|
|Music Director||Pete Philhower|
|Asst. Director||Mike Skiles|
|Asst. Music Director||Barb Foote|
|Set Design||Harold Truitt|
A 1940's Radio Christmas Carol
Book by Walton Jones
Music Composed & Arranged by David Wohl
Lyrics by Faye Greenburg
Performance Dates are December 4-7
The entetaining sequel to the popular "The 1940's Radio Hour". It's Christmas Eve, 1943, and the Feddington Players are now broadcasting from a hole-in-the-wall studio in Newark, NJ, and set to present their contemporary "take" on Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". Seamlessly combining drama and comedy, heartbreak and hope, A 1940's Radio Christmas Carol will sing its way into your heart. The music includes original songs plus traditional Christmas carols. If you enjoyed 1940's Radio Hour, step back in time once again with the Feddington Players, and get into the holiday spirit with A 1940's Radio Christmas Carol
The cast consists of 8 men and 4 women or possibly 7 men and 5 women:
(Please note these are cast descriptions from the script, not necessarly the age or body type we will cast in the show)
CLIFTON FEDDINGTON - 50ish Mutual Announcer, front man for WOV's Nash-Kelvinator Mystery Theatre. Wears wire-frame glasses like Glenn Miller. Known for being cheap. Has a crush on Judith. (range- E below middle C to G above middle C)
WILLIAM ST. CLAIRE - 70 year-old, retired star of stage and screen. With a great mane of dramatic white hair, William is a bit of a curmudgeon and looks down on radio as one of the bastard children of the stage. William's 31 year-old son David was killed in the Air Force in France in June 1943. A guest performer in tonight's show, Mr. St. Claire plays Scrooge.
CHARLES "CHOLLY" BUTTS - 35 year-old funny man. Has a day job as a baker at Weequahic Diner (where his specialty is the nesselrode pie). A little stout. Lives in Jersey City, with his wife, Midge, has no kids, and has a hopeless and unrequited crush on Margie. (range- E below middle C to C above middle C)
FRITZ CANIGLIARO - Once an east-coast Florsheim Shoe salesman (and still plugs them whenever he gets an opportunity for a little commission), now a WOV regular. The resident masher, cynic and wise-guy, Fritz plays Frank Nelson cameos in comedy sketches. In his early 40s.
"LITTLE" JACKIE SPARKS - Not actually "little," but young. A tenor with a high speaking voice. Having just graduated from high school, Jackie, only 17, lives with his mom in suburban Newark. Calls home probably a dozen times a day. Teased a lot. Still has a Sunday paper route.
JUDITH DAVENPORT - Although quite the cutup herself, Judith is the resident "leading lady" playing all such roles as a regular. Has two kids and two ex's and wants no more of either. Determined and stubborn. Considers herself a "legit" actress. Day job working as a switchboard operator. In her 30s.
MARGIE O'BRIEN - Brassy, flippant, with a voice to match (think Ginger Rogers in "Stage Door"). As a show regular, plays the comic roles. This 30 year-old Irish-American comedienne lives with her two sisters, Zazu and Vi, in a two-room apartment in Queens. She works days as a bookkeeper/typist/stenographer/receptionist. (range- G# below middle C to Db (optional Eb) octave above middle C)
SALLY SIMPSON - 20 year-old Sally seems sweet and gentle, but is a tough lady. Lives on the lower east side of Manhattan. As a show regular, plays all animals, babies, insects, little kids. Makes the long train ride to Babylon, Long Island, three days a week, to contribute to the war effort by working for Republic Aviation operating drill presses and riveting guns. Always trying to recruit the other WOV women to join "the cause."
ISADORE "BUZZ" CRENSHAW - His life is his work. The 24 year-old "sound effectician" at WOV. Has a sharp wit and is always agreeable, whistling, and in a good mood. Born and raised in Bayonne by his Aunts Lulu and Gilly. Wears an FDR button. Spends a lot of time with Sally Simpson. Buzz lives alone.
TOOTS NAVARRE - Musical director, composer and pianist/organist for the Mystery Theatre. (Could be a man or woman.) Besides his/her usual musical chores for WOV, he/she and his/her wife/husband Faith/Frank provide both underscoring to the radio drama as well as their new and old holiday songs for the broadcast.
ESTHER LEWIS PIRNIE - backstage audio engineer and transmitter supervisor for WOV Radio.
HAROLD J. MULLINS - Concierge of the Hotel Aberdeen in Newark.
Sopranos: Ab below middle C to E octave above middle C
Altos: Ab below middle C to D above middle C
Tenors: B below middle C to G octave above middle C
Baritones: G octave below middle C to Eb above middle C
Basses: F octave below middle C to G below middle C
Be prepared to sing 16 bars of music. Please bring your sheet music, no recorded music or a cappella singing please. An accompanist will be present to play for you. (A suggestion: bring music that will put you in the best light, music difficult for an accompanist to sight read will not do that). There is minimal dance/movement in this show. It will not be required to dance at auditions. However, everyone will do readings from the script. There are no children in the cast of this production. If you look like you could be 16 or older, you will be welcome to audition.
Please come and enjoy auditions, no need to be nervous, we've all been there. Roles vary in size, so if you are looking for a small first role, there will be a few of those for you. It's a fun, comedic show, with nice music and we think we have a great staff. We hope to see you there.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2014, FROM 1:00 - 4:00 P.M.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2014, FROM 1:00 - 4:00 P.M.
Audition information forms may be downloaded from the Quad City Music Guild web site. There will also be blank forms at the sign-in table on the days of auditions.
2014 Voting Member List as of 8/25/14
Anderson, Gary & LaDonna
Bates, Nathan & Natalie
Bauschka, Mike & Jamie
Blanc, Gene & Lynne
Bovenmyer, Dan & Helen
Brandt, Warren & Lora
Brown, Larry & Corrine
Carmack, Dave & Sue
Decker, Larry & Mary
Engeman, Matt & Beth
Garrels, Barry & JoAnn
Gilliland Cox, Gina
Griffith, Jeff & Pam
Hanlon Hunt, Kathy
Hanzelka, Dick & Mylene
Harris, Hunt & Diane
Hendren, John & Rosemary
Jones, Paul & Irma
Kendall, David & Linda
Leaf, Bob & Linda
Lounsberry, J.Adam & Sarah
Lyman, Cherie, Stew,Chip & Liv
Mandle, Ryan & Cat
McGinn, Dan & Jodi
Millar, Mike & Barb
Millman, Jim & Ann
O'Shea, John Donald
Pavinato, Gene & Stacie
Pedersen, Heidi & Dave
Peterson, Jeff & Jana
Pieper, Bruce & Norma
Riggins, Ron & Amy
Robnett, F.Jane & John
Schwegler, John & Nancy
Sederquist, Jimmy & Katie Casey
Seibert, Bob & Marilyn
Taylor, Gerald & Martha
Teerlinck, Alan & Nancy
VanSpeybroeck, John, Nora, Lauren & Clare
Weaver, Joe & Cindy
Wirtz, Ruth & John
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