February 2015
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Congratulations to the Cast of Urinetown!

Congratulations to the Cast of Urinetown!


Officer Lockstock: John Antonin Dieter
Penelope Pennywise: Valeree Pieper
Bobby Strong: Andy Sederquist
Little Sally: Abbey Donohoe
Caldwell B. Cladwell: Mark McGinn
Hope Cladwell: Callen Brown
Mr. McQueen: David Miller
Little Becky Two Shoes: Johnna Kerres
Senator Fipp: John Weigandt
Officer Barrel: Joe Urbaitis
Hot Blades Harry: Ian Sodawasser
Tiny Tom: Adam Beck
Soupy Sue: Christianna Crosby
Josephine Strong: Kristine Oswald
Old Man Strong: Mark Reubling
Mrs. Millennium: Karen Manning
Bobby the Stockfish: Kevin Pierce
Dr. Billeaux/Billy Boy Bill: John Donald O'Shea


Ensemble: Adam Beck, Cassie Berta, Christianna Crosby, Madison Duling, Ann Keeney-Grafft, Sara Laufer, Karen Manning, John Donald O'Shea, Kevin Pierce, Mark Reubling, Yvonne Siddique
Ian Sodawasser, Haley Teel


Directing Staff:

Book Director - Heather Beck

Music Director- Patrick Downing

Choreographer - Kathy Schutter

Asst. Music Director - Deb Swift

Asst. Book/Stage Mgr - Kevin Pieper

Set Design- Kevin Pieper

Costume Design - Cathy Marsoun

Lighting Design -  Mike Turczynski

Sound Design - Kayla Lee

Props Chair - TBD

Make-up Design- TBD

Producer - Mike Schmidt

2016 Play Selection Meetings

It is that time of year again! Quad City Music Guild needs to choose the five musicals that will comprise our 2016 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. As we did last year, this year's meetings will be held this spring between the conclusion of the performances for Urinetown and the beginning of rehearsals for Young Frankenstein. The first will be held on Tuesday, April 7 and the second will be held on Thursday, April 16. 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. We want to make certain that we choose shows that will appeal to our audiences and we want to make certain that there are available roles for a wide variety of male and female actors/actresses from younger up to older actors/actresses. We would also like our five shows to encompass a wide variety of theatrical/historical periods and styles. If you intend to offer ideas about shows for production, please consider the following:

  • propose only new musicals for which the production rights are available.
  • suggest shows that have not been seen on the Guild stage at any time in 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 proposing.
  • 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, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Steel Spring, or Samuel French, Inc. own most of the shows that you might want to propose.


If you are unable to attend either the April 7th or the April 16th 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 another memorable season!


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!
New QCMG Youth Chorus Members
Congratulations to Molly Ahern, Lillian Cobert, Sarah Dyar, Briley Neff and Vrindha Vegiraju on being selected to join the QCMG Youth Chorus!
Season Tickets Now Available!
Season ticket packages for our 2015 season are now on sale.  Three-, four- and five-show packages are available.  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!
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June 2015

July 2015

August 2015

December 2015
Young Frankenstein Auditions - February 21-22, 28  2015


Directing Staff:

Director: Michael Turczynski

Assistant Director: Colleen Houlihan

Music Director: Joe Maubach

Assistant Music Director: Randin Letendre

Choreographer: Sara Laufer

Costume Designer: Diane Turczynski

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

Asst. Music Director: Laura Crumbleholme

Asst. Director/Stage Manager: Joe Miller

Choreographer: Susie Adams

Costume Designer: Cindy Monroe

Set Designer: Harold Truitt

Makeup Design: Sue Starr

Lighting Design: TBA

Sound Design: TBA

Props: TBA

Producer: Bill Marsoun


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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