Lion King Jr.

January 24 - 26 and January 31 - February 2

Presented by The Penguin Project of the Quad Cities.

The Penguin Project of the Quad Cities will be back for season four with a performance of the Disney Broadway Jr. show, the Lion King.  This is a collaboration with Augustana College Theatre and the Center for Living Arts in Rock Island.

Please note that there is a limit of 12 tickets per actor/mentor during the presale from November 1-15.  Additional tickets may be purchased starting November 15.  

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David Henry Hwang

Lecture and book signing.

February 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Quad City Arts Visiting Artist Series

This Chinese American playwright, described by the New York Times as "a true original" and by Time Magazine as "the first important dramatist of American public life since Arthur Miller," is best known as the author of M. Butterfly. That enduring 1988 work, which won a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, John Gassner Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award, was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. According to Opera News, Hwang is America’s most produced living opera librettist.

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Spring Opera Scenes: Songs For a New World

February 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m.

by Jason Robert Brown

Directed by Michelle Crouch

The work of musical theatre by Jason Robert Brown first was produced off-Broadway in 1995. It includes songs he had written for other venues and events, resulting in "neither musical play nor revue, it is closer to a theatrical song cycle, a very theatrical song cycle" (The Guide to Musical Theatre). About the series of stories in the work Brown has said, "It's about one moment. It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back."

Tickets are $5 for general public; free for Augsutana students, faculty and staff.

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Junie B. Jones Is Not A Crook 

February 29th and March 1st at 1:30 pm

Something terrible happened to Junie B. Jones at school today! Someone stole her new furry mittens! So when Junie B. finds a wonderful pen of many colors, she should be allowed to keep it, right? Because finders keepers, losers weepers. And guess what? There's a new boy in kindergarten and he is the handsomest. The only thing is both Grace and Lucille want him to be their boyfriend. Maybe he will love Junie B. when he sees her wonderful pen! It is okay to keep it, right? Junie B. Jones is not a crook . . . or is she? A hilarious and heartfelt tale based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park.

Directed by Jackie McCall 

Tickest are $5.00.  Augustana students get in free with ID.

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Junie B. Jones - Employee Event

March 1 at 1:30 p.m.

Bring the kids and join us on March 1 for the performance of 'Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook'.  We will meet in the Wilson Center at 12:30 p.m. for snacks and refreshments and will enjoy the performance in the Brunner Theatre at 1:30 p.m.  Afterwards, we invite children to meet their favorite Junie B. Jones characters and get their autographs.

Employees receive one free child ticket with every $5.00 employee ticket purchased.  

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The Bald Soprano 

April 16 - 19 at 7:30 p.m. 

A hilarious, unique satire on the ordinary English middle class, in which "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" talk to each other at cross purposes, while their guests, "Mr. and Mrs. Martin" fail to understand, and the Maid and a Fire Chief enter the absurd fray, getting nowhere at all...

Directed by Jonathan Quigley 

Ticket prices range from $5 - $10.

Augustana students get in free.

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American Idiot

May 7 - 9 at 7:30 p.m. and May 10 at 1:30 p.m.

The two-time Tony Award-winning hit musical Green Day's American Idiot, based on the Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album, boldly takes the American musical where it's never gone before. This high-octane show includes every song from Green Day's album, American Idiot, as well as several songs from its follow-up release, 21st Century Breakdown.
Johnny, Tunny and Will struggle to find meaning in a post-9/11 world. When the three disgruntled men flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life, their paths are quickly estranged when Tunny enters the armed forces, Will is called back home to attend to familial responsibilities, and Johnny's attention becomes divided by a seductive love interest and a hazardous new friendship. An energy-fueled rock opera, American Idiot, features little dialogue and instead relies on the lyrics from Green Day's groundbreaking album to execute the story line.

Ticket prices range from $10 - $15.

Augustana students get in free. 

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Senior Send Off 2020

May 22, 2020 6 - 9 p.m.

Gerber Center for Student Life

The Class of 2020 and their families are invited to enjoy one last evening on campus as students. Graduating seniors are free and each may have four additional complimentary passes family members. Additional passes may be purchased for $12.00. Dinner is included and a cash bar from Bent River Brewery will be available for those who are 21.

Faculty and staff are also invited.

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President's Brunch

May 23, 2020 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

A special brunch will be offered after the Baccalaureate Service for participants and guests who do not wish to leave the campus. Augustana students may use their meal plan. Advance purchase is encouraged.

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Broadway Bound

June 19 - 28

Broadway Bound is the funny yet poignant conclusion to Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical trilogy which began with Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues. Reuniting the original Mississippi Bend Players cast, this installment finds Eugene and his brother Stanley busily try-ing to break into show business as professional comedy writers. When their material is broadcast for the first time, triumph turns into tribulation when the Jerome family realizes the boys’ sketch is essentially a mockery of their real lives.

Directed by Cory Johnson

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For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday 

July 10- 19

Mississippi Bend Players is thrilled to present the regional premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s new play filled with Quad Cities references and memories from the past. Ruhl created the play for her mother, Kathleen Kehoe Ruhl who describes the show as “a gift for which I lack adequate words to thank the playwright who wrote it for me." Kathleen Ruhl will reprise the role here in this loving exploration of life, death, and the allure of never growing up.

Directed by Jennifer Popple

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The Legend of Blackbeard's Gold

July 17 and 18

Camp Creamery is a week-long workshop for children who are interested in exploring the exciting world of theatre! The camp is designed to give children ages 7 and up the opportunity to work and perform with professional actors from The Old Creamery Theatre while they rehearse and present the original musical, The Legend of Blackbeard’s Gold.

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Ruthless! The Musical

July 31 - August 9 

The stage mother of all musicals, Ruthless! the Musical is serving spoofy, campy fun. Tina is an eight-year old willing to do ANYTHING to be a star and with an agent like Sylvia St. Croix, she  just might hit the big time… or will she end up doing hard time? The outrageous laughs and  ridiculous twists just keep coming in this Gypsy meets Sweeney Todd musical romp.

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