January 2015
Overtones Masthead
A Message from Our President......

Welcome to Quad City Music Guild's 67th year of Broadway in the Park! 2014 was very successful for QCMG, and I would like to send a huge thank you to all of our officers and board, staff members, performers, musicians and volunteers who worked together to make it all happen! A very special thank you goes to our Past President Craig Woodard. Craig's dedication and commitment to Guild these past years has been truly remarkable and deeply appreciated by all. Craig has assured us he will continue to be active with Guild and happy to help in any way he can. Thank you Craig!


As we look ahead to 2015, the excitement from last season will carry us into another great year.   Our line-up of shows for this year, including Urinetown, the Musical, Young Frankenstein, Cats, Mary Poppins and Chitty-Chitty, Bang-Bang are sure to entertain our audiences and attract hundreds of auditioners, participants and volunteers to be a part of the season. Won't you join in the fun?


QCMG has not reached our 67th year on it's own. We have succeeded because of the hundreds of talented volunteers who work tirelessly all year round to make it happen.  Along those lines, we sincerely hope we can depend on all of you who were involved over the past year once again in 2015. If you have not been involved and would like to be, we would love to have you! Regardless of your skills and areas of interest, I am certain we can find a committee or assignment that can use your help. So, please consider volunteering. You (and QCMG) 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 now 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, order now for the best seats available.


We look forward to seeing you at Urinetown auditions in January, the annual Tea on February 15 and at the summer show auditions in February!


Happy New Year!


Kevin Pieper




QCMG Youth Chorus Auditions


The QCMG Youth Chorus will be auditioning young singers to add to our existing group. We are looking for quality unchanged voices from hard working and enthusiastic young people to participate. We will be performing music from a variety of musicals of different eras. Our audition date will be Saturday January 10th from 1:00-2:30 pm at our theater. Please bring sheet music of an age-level appropriate song (a minute or less) and be prepared to tap a few rhythms and sing back some simple melodies. An accompanist will be provided, no recordings or unaccompanied singing please. After auditions, an email will be sent to those young people who are selected with rehearsals beginning on Monday January 12th. Members will be asked to pay a fee of $50 to help off set the cost of music, and to pay for the performance shirt.


The QCMG Youth Chorus will rehearse on Mondays from 4:30 - 6:00 pm in the lobby of our theater in Prospect Park in Moline. The original group had a performance on November 23rd as well as providing preshow entertainment for the QCMG Winter production. Their next concert will be April 19th at 2:00 pm on the QCMG stage.


If you have questions, please contact the music director, Valeree Pieper at qcmgyouthchorus@gmail.com.

Please join us for the Pre-Audition Tea
The annual pre-audition tea will be held Sunday, February 15th 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 1940's Radio Christmas Carol!
Congratulations to everyone involved in our December production, A 1940's Radio Christmas Carol. Thank you for a great show!
Season Tickets Now Available!
Season ticket packages for our 2015 season are now on sale.  Three-, four- and five-show packages are available.  Orders must be received by January 31, 2015 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!
Interested in Volunteering at QCMG?               
Quad City Music Guild is always in need of volunteers to help throughout the year. Whether it's costumes, makeup, parking or concessions, we are always looking for volunteers to help make our shows great!  We now have an easier way for you to get information about how you can get involved.  Just email qcmgvolunteer@gmail.com with questions or what you're interested in helping with. 
Coming Soon!
April 2015

June 2015

July 2015

August 2015

December 2015
Urinetown Auditions - January 23 and 24, 2015

Directing Staff:

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

Cladwell's 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.

Young Frankenstein Auditions - February 21-22, 28  2015


Directing Staff:

Director: Michael Turczynski

Assistant Director: Colleen Houlihan

Music Director: Joe Maubach

Assistant Music Director: TBD

Choreographer: Sara Laufer

Costume Designer: TBD

Set Designer: Michael Turczynski

Sound Designer: Kayla Lee

Light Designer: Zach Chaplain

Props: Marni Wagner

Producer: Bob Williams



Audition Dates/Times:

Saturday, February 21st - 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Sunday, February 22nd - 2:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Saturday, February 28th - 3:00 - 5:30 pm


Based on the memorable 1974 movie of the same name, Mel Brooks transfers another movie onto the stage. Bringing back many of the memorable moments of the film, plus adding so much more, both fans of the original movie and new comers will enjoy the journey of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (thats Fronk-en-steen) as his attempts to distance himself from his family legacy brings about events that will change his life forever. 


The Cast:



The eccentric grandson of an infamous mad scientist. He is the Dean of Anatomy at New York's best university.


Range: Bb2 - G4



The large, misunderstood creation of Frederick. A hopeless romantic.


Range: D3 - Bb4



Frederick's faithful, bright-eyed, eager servant.


Range: C3 - G4



The not-so-bright assistant to Frederick. Young and sexy.


Range: G#3 - A5



Self-loving, naive, boisterous fiancee of Frederick.


Range: F#3 - F5



NEIGH! The proud housekeeper of the Frankenstein estate. Intense and stern.


Range: E3 - B4



The justice-driven, protective, steadfast town inspector.


Range: A2 - F4



The lonely, poor, blind town hermit.


Range: A2 - Db4



Frederick's infamous grandfather and creator of the original monster. A proud and stubborn man.


Range: B2 - F4



The well-intentioned village idiot.


Range: B3 - E4





Audition Information:

Please come prepared with 16 bars of music to best showcase your vocal range.

Please wear comfortable clothing as a small dance number will be taught.

If you have any special talents that you believe would benefit the show, don't be afraid to let us know. We will be accepting auditions from anyone 16 years of age and older

Cats Auditions - February 21-22, 28, 2015
Directing Staff:
Book Director - Gregg Neuleib
Asst. Director - Tom Morrow
Music Director - Marcia Renaud
Choreographer - Jayne Ploehn
Costumes/Makeup - Sara Wegener
Set Designer - Mark Holmes
Producer: Bill Marsoun
Others: TBD

Audition Dates/Times:
Saturday, February 21st - 12:15 pm - 2:45 pm
Sunday, February 22nd - 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Saturday, February 28th - 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

It's the night of the Jellicle Ball. The cat clan has gathered for the annual event at which the revered elder Old Deuteronomy chooses the most deserving cat to ascend to the Heavenly Layer. One by one, we learn about their personalities, exactly as T. S. Eliot portrayed them in his book of poems "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats". Jennyanydots, Cassandra, Bombalurina, and Jellylorum are the first to strut their stuff. They welcome Rum Turn Tugger, a rock-star-idol type of cat, creating just the right mood for the arrival of Grizabella, the Glamour Cat. She is an aging beauty who has roamed some of the lowest alleys.


The younger felines mock and avoid her. Bustopher Jones, mature and well-rounded, catches everyone's eye with his natty clothes and well-groomed look. Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer, two mischievous, fun-loving cats, provide a light moment before Old Deuteronomy arrives and sets a more serious tone for the ball. Barred from the festivities, Grizabella reflects on her memory of happier times and the new life that could be ahead. Also on the sidelines, Gus the Theatre Cat finds fault with the lack of dedication he perceives in today's actors and reminisces about some of his finest roles. In Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat, we find great pride and commitment in doing the relatively small job of keeping a single train on schedule. Macavity, the "fiend in feline shape, a monster of depravity," is talked about in hushed voices. "Was there ever a cat so clever as magical Mr. Mistoffelees?" Yes, and much to the delight of all he bursts upon the scene. Still it is Grizabella that demonstrates the greatest depth of character and need. She is chosen for  this year's accension "Up, up, up to the Heaviside Layer."


Before her departure Old Deuteronomy summarizes Eliot's lifelong passion for paralleling catlike names and attributes to people he had observed: "You've heard of several kinds of cats, and my opinion now is that you should need no interpreter to understand our character. You've learned enough to take the view that cats are very much like you."


There are many wonderful parts in this show as 13 characters are featured solo or in duets. Many other cast members will have solo phrases here and there. Yes this is a dance show but being realistic Jayne has plans to feature 8-10 dancers with another group doing a fair amount and others asked only to be able to move a little. We plan to cast 24 to 28 as there are at least that many named characters.


Cats come in all shapes and sizes and Sara will make all look good on stage. (We don't all have to look like the Broadway cast in their tights.) For auditions please prepare 16-20 bars of music. Your material can be from Cats. Also dress for doing some dance. The dance part of the audition won't be long or difficult but will show how you can move. Please be age 16 to audition for Cats.

Age Range
Vocal Range
Rum Tum Tugger          
Bari B2-G4
High Bari F#-G4
Old Deuteronomy
Bari Bb2-G4
Mezzo F#3-Db5
Bari A3-D4
Alto B3-Db5
High Bari E3-F#4
Bari C3-F4
Sop B-3-F5
Mezzo A3-C5
Alto G3-C5
Bustopher Jones
Bari F3-F4
Sop B3-F5

Also-Tantomile, Growltiger, Alonzo, Jennyanydots, Cassandra, Carbuckety, Mistoffeles, Macavity, Victoria, Tumblebutus, Giddlebone, Pouncival, Electra, Etcetera, Exotica, Rumpus Cat and Plato



Mary Poppins Auditions - February 20-22, 28, 2015

Directing Staff:

Director: Harold Truitt

Music Director: Deb Swift

Choreographer: Susie Adams

Set Designer: Harold Truitt

Producer: Bill Marsoun

Others: TBD

Audition Dates/Times:
Friday, February 20th - 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm (Kids only)
Saturday, February 21st - 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Sunday, February 22nd - 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Saturday, February 28th - 12:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Come help us unpack a carpetbag of academy award winning memorable music and Disney magic in "Mary Poppins", coming in August, 2015.   Celebrating its success in film for over 40 years, audiences can now enjoy the magical live stage version that took Broadway by storm.  Quad city music guild is extremely proud to have "Mary Poppins" fly in this upcoming season as the premiere production in Quad City community theatre.  All of your favorite, familiar songs and characters will come to life on stage (as well as a few new ones).    Come join the Disney magic that will bring the story of Mr. and Mrs. Banks, Jane and Michael, Bert and our favorite nanny to a "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" experience, as auditions for this amazing new musical will be held in mid-February.  

For the audition, please prepare a section of a Broadway song of your choice that best shows your vocal quality and range, (around 16-20 bars).  Please bring a copy of your sheet music for the accompanist and you may hold your music if necessary, or use the music stand.   You may be asked to do scales if the music director needs a high / low range.   There will be a dance audition that will be pre-taught in the lobby before you enter the theatre in your group.  Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes appropriate for dance (i.e. jazz shoes or leather soled shoes).  If you can tap, we need to know, whether male or female.  you may be asked to show a basic tap step.

  Characters and Vocal Ranges to Consider:

MARY POPPINS - Practically perfect in every way and always means what she says.  A mezzo soprano with strong top notes, she should be able to move well.  She can have a more traditional soprano sound, but precision and diction is the key.  Clean English accent a plus. Range: Gb3 - C6

BERT - Narrator and good friend to Mary Poppins..  He has charm, and speaks with a Cockney accent, and is a song-and-dance-man. Range:  B2 -F#4

JANE BANKS - The high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Banks, is bright and precocious, sometimes a bit willful and snobby. Range:  A3 - F#5

MICHAEL BANKS - The cute and cheeky son of Mr. and Mrs. Banks.  Excitable and naughty, he adores his father and tries to be like him.  Both he and Jane misbehave in order to get attention. Range:  A3 - E5

GEORGE BANKS - The father to Jane and Michael, and banker that demands "precision and order" in  his household.  A baritone, George may speak-sing as necessary.  Proper English accent a plus. Range:  Bb2 - Eb4

WINIFRED BANKS - George's wife and Jane and Michael's mother.  She has a great warmth and simplicity to her tone. Range:  A3 -D5

MISS ANDREW - George's childhood overbearing and scary nanny.  A bully, that only knows her way; A soprano with an alto belt, there can be some heaviness to her voice. Range:  Gb3 - F5

MRS. BRILL - The housekeeper and cook for the Banks family.  She doesn't have a high opinion of nannies in general. Range:  F#3 - D#5

ADMIRAL BOOM  - A retired Royal Navy man and neighbor of the Banks family.  Can be any range as needed, possibly baritone.

BANK CHAIRMAN - The head of the bank where Mr.Banks works, is an Edwardian stuffed-shirt.  He can  speak/sing lyrics if necessary. Range:  C3 -D4

BIRD WOMAN    -  Trying to sell her crumbs for the birds to any passerby.  Sings "Feed the Birds", she can have a gruff folksy quality to her voice.  Range:  Gb3 - C5

ROBERTSON AY - The houseboy to the Banks family.  Good character actor and his solo in "Spoonful of Sugar" can be a fun surprise. Range:  F3 - G#4

ENSEMBLE - Many wonderful characters that not only need strong stage voices of all ranges, but the opportunity to be in some marvelous scenes and dances. "Step in time" is a large dance number and the dancing statues offer much for the actor/dancer to shine.  

I would encourage all to audition for "Mary Poppins" who wish to be involved in such an iconic musical.  We will have a great time and create many memories while at the same time bringing a professional quality to the stage for all to enjoy.

See you at auditions!!!!!!!!  

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