SRC Community Chorus Presents Quilters, The Musical

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 and Collectibles.

For more information, please contact Carol Davis at or (309) 647-6395.



Row One:  Carla Bobell

Row Two:  Sara Mathis, Maureen Stein, Julie Seeley

Row Three:  Sheri Barr, Jean Arndt, Barbi Watson