Beauty and the Beast Jr - presented by Penguin Project Quad-Cities

lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, book by Linda Woolverten

February 23-25 and March 2-4, 2018

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

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Circle Mirror Transformation

by Annie Baker

When four lost New Englanders who enroll in Marty's six-week-long community-center drama class begin to experiment with harmless games, hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won. A beautifully crafted diorama, a petri dish in which we see, with hilarious detail and clarity, the antic sadness of a motley quintet.

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The Messiah

Sunday, March 25 at 3:00 Centennial Hall

This 90-minute performance of Handel’s classic Messiah will continue to inspire. Join the 200-member Handel Oratorio Society and professional Handel Oratorio Society Chamber Orchestra as they perform this masterwork.

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The Drowsy Chaperone

music and lyrics by Lisa lambert and Greg Morrison, book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar  

April 27, 28, 29, and May 4, 5, and 6

All performances of The Drowsy Chaperone are on the Brunner Theatre Mainstage

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another.

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight. Hailed by New York Magazine as "The Perfect Broadway Musical," The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre.

Directed by Shelley Cooper, Music Direction by Michelle Crouch 

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Big River

Presented by the Mississippi Bend Players

Music by Roger Miller, Lyrics by Roger Miller,  Book by William Hauptman.  Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain

June 22, 23, 29, 30 at 7:30 p.m.

June 24 and July 1 at 2:00 p.m.

Twain's timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Their adventures along the way are hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming, bringing to life your favorite characters from the novel. Propelled by an award winning bluegrass score from Roger Miller this jaunty journey provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana.

Directed by Shelley Cooper

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Camp Creamery Presents:  Lights, Hollywood, Action!

June 29 at 2:00 p.m., Brunner Theatre Mainstage

Saturday, June 30 at 10:30 a.m., Brunner Theatre Mainstage

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Glass Menagerie

Presented by the Mississippi Bend Players

by Tennessee Williams

July 13, 14, 20, 21 at 7:30pm

July 15 and 22 at 2:00pm

An evocative and deeply personal play, heartfelt and passionate, from one of the 20th Century’s most celebrated playwrights, Tennessee Williams. The Glass Menagerie is seen through the memories of Tom Wingfield, a poet and a dreamer. Constrained by his life working in a warehouse and his tenement apartment, he rebels against the strictures of his controlling mother, Amanda. He escapes through the movies, fulfilling his dreams through the Hollywood greats of the 1930s. Amanda lives by her charm and the steely gentility of her Deep Southern roots, her purpose centered on finding a gentleman caller for her shy and reclusive daughter. But Laura has long since shunned the real world for one of fantasy and escapism – her menagerie of glass animals. One of the most powerful plays of the 20th century, The Glass Menagerie is a tale of love, loss and the disparate hopes and dreams of a family at odds.

Directed by Cory Johnson

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Beginner’s Luck

Presented by the Mississippi Bend Players

by Phillip Jayson Lasker

August 3, 4, 10, 11 at 7:30 p.m.

August 5 and 12 at 2:00 p.m.

An original work by PJ Lasker (Golden Girls, Barney Miller), this comedy centers around an aging child actor dealing with the loss of fame. Dropped by his agent, arguing with his ex-wife, and mourning the loss of his confidence, Harold copes through hilarious conversations with himself.

Directed by Philip Wm. McKinley

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