The Spoon River College Community Chorus presents
the musical QUILTERS on September 5 and 6 at 7:00 p.m., and September 7 at 3:00
p.m. in the theater in Taylor Hall on
the SRC Canton campus. Tickets for
general admission seating may be reserved by calling (309) 647-6260. Seating is limited to 110 per performance.
The production is directed by Carol Davis with
musical direction by Pam Willison.
“This show is for anyone who has ever quilted or
received a beloved quilt,” said Carol Davis.
“The scenes are funny, poignant, harsh, and loving and all underscored
with the Appalachian-style music. We are
very fortunate to have piano, harp, fiddle, guitar, bass and percussion players
for this show.”
Ostensibly the story of a pioneer woman and her
six daughters, QUILTERS blends a series of interrelated scenes into a rich
mosaic which captures the sweep and beauty, the terror and joy, the harsh
challenge and abiding rewards of frontier life. Illuminating stories contained
in various patches or "blocks" with music, dance and drama, the
action depicts the lot of women on the frontier: girlhood, marriage,
childbirth, spinsterhood, twisters, fire, illness and death. But, with this,
there is also love, warmth, rich and lively humor and the moving spectacle of
simple human dignity and steadfastness in the face of adversity. In the end,
when the various patches are assembled into one glorious, brilliantly colorful
quilt, the effect is both breathtaking and magical.
The pioneer women are portrayed by an extremely
talented group of women. Julie Seeley,
Carla Bobell, Sheri Barr, Jean Arndt, Sara Mathis, Barbi Brewer Watson and
Maureen Stein play over 50 roles in the production.
The quilt blocks that represent the stories
reflected in QUILTERS are vital to the storyline of the production.
“The quilt blocks and quilt for our production
were created by the Piecers of the Heartland Guild here in central Illinois,”
Davis said. “They began working on these
beautiful pieces of art over a year ago.
We are very grateful to Maureen Stein and members of the Guild.”
Musicians for the production include Pam Willison
on piano, Tony Roberts on harp, Emily Magers on fiddle, Bob Juraco on guitar,
Drew Ponder on bass, and Chad Murphy on percussion pieces.
Jackie Davis is stage manager with Robin Henry
supplying the authentic set pieces and properties. Jim Florea, Aaron Haacke, Collin Tucker, and
Josh Webb serve as lighting and sound technicians.
Costumer for the production is Andrea Barbknecht
with photography by Dave Barbknecht and Katey Kohler as prompt manager.
Set construction and decoration crew members are
members of the SRC maintenance department and John Davis of Pink Whale Antiques
For more information, please contact Carol Davis
at email@example.com or (309) 647-6395.
Sara Mathis, Maureen Stein, Julie Seeley
Sheri Barr, Jean Arndt, Barbi Watson