Overtones Masthead

November 2014

A Message from Our President......


It's hard to believe it but Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and so is our Holiday production of "A 1940's Radio Hour Christmas Carol".  Tom Morrow along with his staff and talented cast, are busily rehearsing for a show that is entertaining and will have you laughing.  There are a few serious moments also so make sure you purchase your tickets if you haven't already.  This holiday show puts an end to a fabulous year at Quad City Music Guild.  Our total ticket sales for this year will end up at a level we have not experienced over the last several years.  Congratulations and thanks to all of you.  

On the subject of tickets, season tickets for 2015 are now on sale so be sure and get yours ordered.  The coming year will be an exciting one filled with "firsts" for our stage, starting with "Urinetown" in the Spring, "Young Frankenstein", "Cats", and "Mary Poppins" for the summer shows, and then we finish with a "Bang" in December......"Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" to be exact!  And don't forget that personalized gift Certificates are available through our Box Office.  They make excellent Christmas Gifts.  

At this time of the year, we pause to give thanks and at Music Guild we have so much to be grateful for.  Thanks to all of you who are involved with the organization, whether as a volunteer, member of an audience or as part of a show staff or cast.  Quad City Music Guild is what it is because of each one of you.  

If I may, I'd like to close with a couple of personal remarks:  This is my last Overtones letter as President of Quad City Music Guild.  It has been a fabulous experience and whether you realize it or not, you have all given me much more than I can ever repay.  Kevin Pieper follows me, as I jokingly tell him, to clean up the mess that I created.  In all seriousness, I ask you to support him as you have me, and I know you will.  As we turn our attention to 2015, and bid farewell to 2014, I want to thank each of you for all you do in support of Quad City Music Guild.  But most of all a deep heartfelt thanks for allowing me to be a part of it all.  On behalf of the entire Music Guild organization I wish all you and your families a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!


 Kick Off the Holiday Season with QCMG!
 1940's Radio Christmas Hour - December 4-7

Call 309-762-6610 or click here today for tickets! Don't miss your chance to see this fun, holiday show!



Many thanks to those listed below who volunteered to help at our fall cleanup day on November 15!  All the tasks were completed and we had a great time working together!


Pami Triebel, Don Lewis, Dan Pepper, Melissa Pepper, Jerry Taylor,  Kevin Pieper, Valeree Pieper, Deb Shippy, Mike Millar, Thomas Wiegandt, Heidi Pedersen, Ryan Podlashes, David Blakey, Ann Graft, Jonathan Graft, Aidan Graft, Elisabeth Graft, Yvonne Siddique. Gayle Morrell, Michael Schmidt, Mike Turcynski, Harold Truitt, Dave Carmack.


2015 Season Tickets Available

We are now accepting Season Ticket orders for our 2015 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, 2015 to request the same seats.
Election Results
The following individuals were elected to the QCMG Board of Directors at our annual meeting in October:

Patrick Downing
Bob Manasco
Cathy Marsoun
Heidi Pedersen
Dan Pepper
Mike Turczynski
A warm thank you to all of our qualified nominees for your willingness to serve QCMG!

Coming Soon....

Spring 2015

June 2015

July 2015

August 2015

December 2015
Urinetown Audition Information



Book Director - Heather Beck

Music Director- Patrick Downing

Choreographer - Kathy Schutter

Asst. Music Director - TBD

Asst. Book/Stage Mgr - Kevin Pieper

Set Design- Kevin Pieper

Costume Design - Cathy Marsoun

Lighting Design -  Mike Turczynski

Sound Design - TBD

Props Chair - TBD

Make-up Design- TBD


Audition Dates/Times:

Friday, January 23rd - 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday, January 24th - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Callbacks (if utilized) Sunday, January, 25th - 1:00 pm


Winner of three TONY Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards and others, Urinetown is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, bureaucracy, municipal politics, corporate bad-guys and musical theatre itself!


In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets.  The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single, corrupt company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs!  Amid the chaos, a hero decides he's had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!


We will be looking for an exciting, talented, fun-loving cast of 20-25 to fill out the several principal and featured roles in this production.  Many non-principal players will have numerous solo speaking and singing lines throughout the show.  Choreography is present throughout the performance, but don't let that scare you off!   The minimum age to audition for this show is 16 at time of auditions.


Auditioners should be prepared to sing up to 32 measures of a song which best suits your vocal range.  Please bring sheet music for the accompanist.   You will also be asked to learn a brief dance movement, so please wear comfortable clothing and shoes.   Auditioners may also be asked to read excerpts from the script.  Above all, we want you to relax and enjoy yourself....we'll be very happy to see you!





For the roles listed below, we are not indicating an age range, preferring to look at all individuals who audition and match characters accordingly.  


Bobby Strong

- The dashing, rebellious everyman who works for Miss Pennywise at the poorest, filthiest town amenity.  He becomes an unsuspecting, romantic hero when he starts a revolution and falls in love with Hope Cladwell.Vocal Range: Tenor / A2-C5


Caldwell B. Cladwell

- The evil president and owner of the Urine Good Company.  He is a miserly money-grubber who gleefully exploits the poor.  Boo!! Vocal Range: Baritone / A2-G4


Hope Cladwell

- Cladwell's refreshingly beautiful daughter, torn between her father and her new love Bobby.  Innocent and naive at first, she becomes vengeful and determined to right her fathers wrongs.Vocal Range: Soprano / A3-A5


Hot Blades Harry

- One of the "poor", he is psychopathic and can become a violent, loose cannon.  This role MAY be doubled with Joseph Old-Man Strong.Vocal Range: High Baritone / A2-F4

Joseph "Old-Man" Strong

- Bobby's rebellious father.  His refusal to pay the fee send him to Urinetown, ultimately launching the revolution.  The role MAY be doubled with Hot Blades Harry.

This is a speaking role: Although individual may sing in ensemble numbers while on stage


Little Becky Two-Shoes

- One of the "poor" .  She is foul-mouthed, impulsive and accusatory. Has several solo singing lines and speaking lines.Vocal Range:  Mezzo Soprano / Bb3-F5


Little Sally

- A precocious and irreverent street urchin,  She serves as a quasi-narrator who often questions Lockstock on the plays logic.  Several solo singing and speaking lines.Vocal Range:  Mezzo Soprano / A3-E5


Mr. McQueen

- Cladwells lackey and yes-man.  Several solo singing and speaking lines.Vocal Range: Baritone / B2-E4


Officer Barrell

- Lockstock's patrol partner.  A thuggish, aggressive, yet at times, comic policeman.Vocal Range:  Baritone / G2-F4


Officer Lockstock

- The tongue-in-cheek narrator of our story.  He is a corrupt policeman who secretly (shhhh!) kills off the guilty offenders.  Bold, brash, and larger than life in many ways.Vocal Range: Baritone / A2-A4


Penelope Pennywise

- The tough, jaded warden of the poorest, filthiest town amenity.  She is Cladwell's one-time lover and mother to Hope who eventually softens her temper.Vocal Range:  Soprano / A3-C6


Senator Fipp

- A greedy politician in Caldwell's pocket.  A bumbling coward.  Several solo singing and speaking lines.Vocal Range: Baritone / C#3-F4


In addition to the above, there will be a very busy 10-12 member ensemble with a number of other named roles in the show with many lines and solo singing lines.


It's That TIme of Year....
Every fall, QCMG updates it's volunteer database so that we can keep you informed about opportunities to help out at Guild.  If you are interested in helping with any of the following committees, please contact us at boxoffice@qcmusicguild.com.  We'll put you in touch with the right person.  Thanks in advance for your interest! 
QCMG Committees
Birdies for Charity
Box Office
Building Maintenance
Grounds Maintenance
Bus Greeters
Costumes/Costume Shoppe
Interior Decoration
Internal Sales
Play Selection
Training Grants
Volunteer Recruitment
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