QUILTERS, The Musical
on Sale July 15th.
September 5 @ 7 p.m.
September 6 @ 7 p.m.
September 7 @ 3 p.m.
Admission Seating: $10
in Taylor Hall on the Canton Campus.
payable to the SRC Foundation. Must be
paid for in advance.
In person or by
phone (may be picked up or mailed – but check needed first)
production features Maureen Stein, Carla
Bobell, Julie Seeley, Sara Mathis, Barbi Watson, Sherri Barr, and Jean Arndt and
we are already in rehearsals.
by Carol Davis; Musical Direction by Pam Willison
Musicians -- Pam Willison (piano); Tony Roberts (harp); Bob Juraco
(guitar); Drew Ponder (bass); Emily Magers (fiddle); and Chad Murphy (washboards,
blocks and “Legacy Quilt” by the Piecers of the Heartland and Maureen Stein
Stage Manager: Jackie Davis
Properties: Robin Henry
Costumes: Andrea Barbknecht
REVIEWS: Originally developed and produced at the
Denver Center Theatre company, this joyous and moving celebration of American
Womanhood became a record-setting regional theater success before its
presentations on Broadway and at the Edinburgh Festival. Combining music, dance
movement and scenes of vivid dramatic intensity, the play pays eloquent tribute
to the courage and spirit of our nation's pioneer woman. "Who would have
thought that quilts, quilting—quilters—had so much joy and pain, laughter and
tears, so much life, beauty and drama in them?" —Drama-Logue. "…an
unqualified success, as bright as the colors used in the quilts
themselves." —Hollywood Reporter. "QUILTERS is a show pieced together
with love and stitched with pride…a thing of beauty, comfort and joy." —NY
Post. "…a tender and moving theatre work, a human patchwork rippling in
the breeze of memory." —Newsweek.
THE STORY: 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—and a theatrical
masterstroke which will linger in the mind and memory long after the house
lights have dimmed.