Monday, December 21, 2009
Happy New Year,
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
BEST TELEVISION SERIES - DRAMA
BIG LOVE (HBO)
MAD MEN (AMC)
TRUE BLOOD (HBO)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES -DRAMA
GLENN CLOSE: DAMAGES
JANUARY JONES: MAD MEN
JULIANNA MARGULIES: THE GOOD WIFE
ANNA PAQUIN: TRUE BLOOD
KYRA SEDGWICK: THE CLOSER
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES - DRAMA
SIMON BAKER: THE MENTALIST
MICHAEL C. HALL: DEXTER
JON HAMM: MAD MEN
HUGH LAURIE: HOUSE
BILL PAXTON: BIG LOVE
BEST TELEVISION SERIES - COMEDY OR MUSICAL
30 ROCK (NBC)
MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
THE OFFICE (NBC)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES -
COMEDY OR MUSICAL
TONI COLLETTE: UNITED STATES OF TARA
COURTENEY COX: COUGAR TOWN
EDIE FALCO: NURSE JACKIE
TINA FEY: 30 ROCK
LEA MICHELE: GLEE
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES -
COMEDY OR MUSICAL
ALEC BALDWIN: 30 ROCK
STEVE CARELL: THE OFFICE
DAVID DUCHOVNY: CALIFORNICATION
THOMAS JANE: HUNG
MATTHEW MORRISON: GLEE
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
MICHAEL EMERSON: LOST
NEIL PATRICK HARRIS: HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
WILLIAM HURT: DAMAGES
JOHN LITHGOW: DEXTER
JEREMY PIVEN: ENTOURAGE
What are your predictions?
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Each year the theatre recognizes its volunteers for their contributions to the productions of the previous season at the QUILTA ceremonies. This year QCT will celebrate its 40th Annual QUILTAs. The evening features an awards ceremony, entertainment, finger foods, and dancing. Awards are given for outstanding performances in a musical or non-musical. The Director and Technical Director give awards to individuals who have volunteered in many capacities throughout the season. QCT’s highest honor, the Enid Ireland Award is also presented. Two Student Theatre Awards are presented. The Burning Flame is awarded to students who show outstanding effort and improvement. The Rosie—named after Rose Laquement, a long time volunteer at QCT—is awarded to a student who displays the dedication and volunteer service of Rose.
How can YOU get involved? Vote for QUILTAs! You are eligible to vote if you are a Season Ticket Holder or a Voting Member at QCT. To vote for musicals in 2009, you must have seen both Funny Girl AND The Producers. To vote for non-musicals, you must have seen The Importance of Being Earnest, ART, AND Miracle on 34th Street. If you are eligible to vote, PLEASE VOTE!
QUILTA Ballots are available in the Lobby. Fill one out and return it to the Ballot Box in the Box Office either after the show or any time during regular office hours (10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday). The final day to drop off your ballot is January 5, 2010.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Ragtime, Dreamgirls, Alan Cumming, Jane Krakowski, Billy Elliot, Hair, Birdie, Shrek will all get screen time on Nov. 26 when NBC and CBS celebrate Thanksgiving.
The 83rd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade — marching down Seventh and Eighth Avenue to reach 34th Street, and airing on NBC-TV Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 26, from 9 AM-noon — will welcome the following troupes:
Bye Bye Birdie - "Put on a Happy Face"
Hair - "Aquarius"
Billy Elliot - "Shine"
Shrek - "I'm a Believer"
The Radio City Rockettes will also appear.
Tony Award winner Jane Krakowski ("30 Rock," Grand Hotel, Nine) will perform an original song written by Emmy-nominated composers Wesley Whatley and William Schermerhorn.
Tony Award winner Alan Cumming (Cabaret) will perform "That's Life" on the M&M's on Broadway float.
Meanwhile, on the CBS broadcast of "The Thanksgiving Day Parade" Nov. 26, starting at 9 AM (ET), the companies of the New York City revivals of West Side Story, Ragtime and Dreamgirls will perform.
The cast of Broadway's Tony-nominated West Side Story will perform "America"; while the Dreamgirls trio will offer the title song from the hit musical that is currently playing Harlem's Apollo Theatre.
The entire 40-member cast of Broadway's Ragtime will sing "Wheels of a Dream" and the title song from the musical in Battery Park, against the backdrop of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
Country music star Reba McIntyre, who earned acclaim for her performance in the Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun, will also perform as part of the parade festivities.
CBS broadcasts "The Thanksgiving Day Parade" (covering various American parades) beginning at 9 AM (ET); check local listings.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Monday, November 16, marks the 50th Anniversary of the Broadway premiere for the most beloved musical of all time, THE SOUND OF MUSIC.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
You can choose how you wish to buy your Season Tickets. We let you decide to either have the same great seats for all 6 shows with the Fixed Plan or to have different prime seats with the Flex Plan.
2. You get the best seats.
Whether you choose the Fixed or the Flex Plan, you can still get your reservations made before the general public, which guarantees you the best seats in the sections your season ticket is eligible to sit.
3. You enjoy a regular night out.
No time to plan your evening out? Subscribing to QCT assures you six nights out each year with no hassles and no planning.
4. You have flexibility.
Having trouble committing to a series of dates? No problem! If your schedule changes, your tickets can too! Lost your tickets or someone stole them? We'll take care of you! You are guaranteed prompt replacement of tickets.
5. You save money.
On average, your season ticket will save you 40% off of regular ticket prices. Also, Season ticket holders receive discounted rates on extra ticket purchases. You don't even have to attend all 6 shows for your season ticket to save you money! If you were to pay at the door for each performance you would spend $103. Why spend that much money when a season ticket to the entire season starts at $62.00. First time season ticket holders have an option to purchase a season ticket for $45.00. You do the math.
I look forward to seeing you all at our upcoming production of Miracle on 34th St.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Yesterday, Congress passed a $12.5 million funding increase as part of the FY 2010 Interior Appropriations bill for both the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). President Obama is scheduled to sign this bill into law by October 31, which concludes National Arts and Humanities Month. The nation's two federal grantmaking cultural agencies will now each have budgets of $167.5 million, their highest funding levels in 16 years. As so many state and local governments have had to cut arts budgets across the country, this well-timed federal appropriations increase for the arts is a welcome infusion of funds.
NEA $155 million
NEH $155 million
FY10 Final Interior Appropriations Bill
NEA $167.5 million
NEH $167.5 million
FY09 vs. FY10 Difference
NEA $12.5 million increase
NEH $12.5 million increase
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
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Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Miracle on 34th Street Cast Announcement
Quincy Community Theatre will present Miracle on 34th Street November 27-29 and December 2-6.
In the beloved Christmas Classic, Miracle on 34th Street, Kris Kringle (portrayed by Kevin Payne) is the personification of good will and the holiday spirit. As Santa at Macy’s Department Store, he enchants both children and shoppers until he is deemed as dangerous by his co-workers who question his competency. A young girl’s belief in Santa and the magic of the Holiday Season is at stake in a climactic courtroom decision. Miracle on 34th Street is a hilarious, tender, and charming American Holiday Classic that your entire family is sure to enjoy.
The cast includes Ally Hayden as Susan, Brandon Cassady as Fred, and Tamara Myers as Doris.
Other cast members include Megan Adams, Andrea Billeter, Steve Billeter, Sierra Brenciaglice, Tamy Cassady, Carley Chinnis, Harrison Clarke, Tishana Crabtree, Jim Dewey, J.T. Dozier, Belle Frese, Logan Giesing, Charles Hall, Allison Helton, Jessica Hofmeister, Julia Hofmeister, Valerie Howerton, William Hrudicka, Allison Hutson, Bailie McDowell, Madison McKenzie, Danica Mosley, Marifaith Mueller, Taylor Mullin, Joey Musholt, Patrick Regner, R.F. Scholz, Kayleigh Shoup, Vonda St. Clair, Randy Stocker, Kaitlyn VanderMaiden, and Paul Wood.
Miracle on 34th Street is under the direction of Dominic A. Cattero. Technical Director is Paul Denckla. Donna Haire is serving as Stage Manager.
Tickets are $17 each and will be available in the online box office at www.1qct.org beginning November 14 and in the General Box Office, located in the Oakley Lindsay Civic Center, on November 16. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Miracle on 34th Street runs November 27-28 and December 2-5 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinee performances on November 29 and December 6 are at 2 p.m. Miracle on 34th Street is brought to you by your friends at Kohl’s Cash and Carry Showroom, as well as the 2009 Media Sponsors STARadio and Comcast Spotlight.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Miracle on 34th Street auditions will be on Monday September 21st from 6:30 - 8:30 for children ages 7-15 and from 8:30 - ??? for ages 16-100. If you have every thought about auditioning for a show at QCT this is the time to do it. Miracle on 34th Street has many roles available for all ages and experience levels. If you have any questions about auditioning please call me and I would be happy to let you know what to expect or just give you some encouragement.
What you can expect at auditions...
Meet new people
Read scenes from the show
And More Fun.
Scripts are available in the QCT office for a 2-day check out. Take the script home read it and get familiar with the story and the characters. At auditions you will be paired up with other people and given a chance to rehearse the scene privately with them first and then individual groups will be called to the audition room where you will act the scene out for a group of 5-6 people. It is as painless as that. There is now need to be scared or nervous. I have never known anyone to walk out with bite marks. The most important thing to remember at an audition is that I want you to succeed, because if you succeed you will make my job easier. I look forward to seeing all of you at auditions on Monday.
Break a Leg!
Friday, August 28, 2009
"Yes, Art is the great and universal refreshment. For Art is never dogmatic; holds no brief for itself you may take it or you may leave it. It does not force itself rudely where it is not wanted. It is reverent to all tempers, to all points of view. But it is wilful -- the very wind in the comings and goings of its influence, an uncapturable fugitive, visiting our hearts at vagrant, sweet moments; since we often stand even before the greatest works of Art without being able quite to lose ourselves! That restful oblivion comes, we never quite know when -- and it is gone! But when it comes, it is a spirit hovering with cool wings, blessing us from least to greatest, according to our powers; a spirit deathless and varied as human life itself."
--John Galsworthy (1867-1933).
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Thanks for laughing with us this summer,
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Up to $5 Billion Shortfall Still Exists
Fifteen days into the fiscal year, the Illinois General Assembly passed and Governor Pat Quinn approved a budget for FY10.
The budget slashes the State's allocation to the Illinois Arts Council to $8.5 million--a 46 percent cut from FY09. The Council is the state agency that provides financial and technical assistance to artists and arts organizations. - (Including Quincy Community Theatre)-dc
The Illinois Arts Council is taking a bigger hit than many arts agencies in other states. In a recently released report, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies estimates that while 30 states will scale back funding for the arts in FY10, the average decrease is 20 percent--compared to Illinois' 46 percent cut.
On the cuts, many members of the General Assembly and the governor himself have touted the budget as funding human and social services at 87 percent of FY09 levels. 87 percent, though, is an average--meaning some state agencies, like the Illinois Arts Council, will sustain much steeper cuts.
Impact on the Illinois Arts Council
The Council is expected to suspend some of its programs.
The Arts Council must also address how the humanities and public broadcasting will fare in FY10.
Impact on Arts Education Funding
Next Steps for Arts Advocates
Because the budget includes a shortfall of up to $5 billion, the governor and General Assembly will have to return to the table later in 2009 to continue the conversation.
Over the next few weeks, the Arts Alliance will continue to meet with legislative leaders and advance new tools and information to help make the case about the impact, assets, and needs of the arts sector in Illinois.
While legislators are on recess and in their districts, the Arts Alliance encourages you to:
Schedule a meeting with your state representative and state senator in your district to discuss the on-the-ground impact of these cuts
Tell your story to local media outlets
Keep the Arts Alliance informed of how state budget cuts and other factors are affecting your community
To identify your elected officials, visit the Arts Alliance's action center. The Arts Alliance has also developed resources to assist you in your advocacy efforts, including:
Key talking points about the arts and arts education
A guide for meetings with legislators
A guide for writing letters to the editor
A summary of findings from our survey assessing the impact of the draconian FY08 cuts to the Illinois Arts Council
Illinois Arts Council Stimulus Grants
The Illinois Arts Council is expected to announce its stimulus grants on August 18 and 19, 2009.
Of the $361,600 that the NEA awarded to the Arts Council, the Council will distribute $335,000 to Illinois arts groups in the form of $5,000, $10,000, and $20,000 grants.
At this point, 133 applicants are under consideration for a stimulus grant. According to the Arts Council, the total dollar amount requested by these applicants is $2,160,000--far beyond the $335,000 available. "All told, this means the funds going out will add up to less than 20 percent of what is needed," Terry Scrogum told the Arts Alliance.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Here are three of the comments I walked into this morning.
I wanted to take a moment to let everyone know how much my husband and I enjoyed the performance last evening. We have seen many great shows, but last night's show was one of the best ever. If it is possible to pull a muscle from laughing or get bruised hands from applauding, we may have last night. Well done!
Keep up the great work.
Unbelievable show!! Fantastic!! Perfection and hysterical! Everyone in the show is exceptional. How proud you should be!!
To the great cast, directors and everyone who was involved......
We have not quit talking (and laughing) about the outrageously funny opening night of "The Producers"...simply an outstanding performance!!!! We all agree this was THE best production ever!!!
On behalf of everyone who attended last night and those who will be attending..."BRAVO times a million!" Thank you is not sufficient - Quincy is forever thankful and happy to have such dedicated citizens to give such a performance - we are without words!!! This was BIG stage worthy talent and entertainment!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
How does this compare to the average show?
This is more than double the amount of cues in a typical show.
I told you this was a big show. Still don’t believe me? You’ll just have to come witness the magical spectacle that is, “The Producers”.
July 23-26 & July 29-August 2
Monday, July 13, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
" I may be angry at God or at the world, and I'm sure that a lot of my
comedy is based on anger and hostility...It comes from a feeling that
as a Jew and as a person, I don't fit into the mainstream of American
Feeling different, feeling alienated, feeling cuted, feeling that
the only way you can deal with the world is to laugh - because if you
don't laugh you're going to cry and never stop crying - that's probably
what's responsible for the Jews having developed such a great sense of
humor. The people who had the greatest reason to weep, learned more
than anyone else how to laugh."
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Here at Quincy Community Theatre we are very excited about Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” opening in just under a month now. This is the largest show QCT will have ever done. You may say, how is this possible when QCT has done shows like, “Beauty and the Beast” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat”? Well to answer that question you will have to come and see all the elaborate sets and costumes, the massive amount of dancing, the superior sound of the music and the extraordinary talent of the performers. This show contains over 100 costumes, over 50 set pieces, fun special effects, 19 unforgettable songs and laughter the old fashioned Mel Brooks way. “The Producers” was Mel Brooks’ first feature film in 1968 starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder. Audiences fell in love with “The Producers” once again in 2001 when it was adapted to the stage as a Broadway Musical. On Broadway “The Producers” ran for 2,502 performances and won a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards. Whether you enjoy musicals or not, this is one show you do not want to miss! The only way you won’t like Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” is if you don’t enjoy laughing.
As Carmen says in the show…
“People want laughter when they see a show, the last thing they’re after’s a litany of woe.”
“Comedy’s joyous, a constant delight, drama’s annoy us … and ruin our night.”
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Choosing a season for Quincy Community Theatre is a difficult task and not one that can be done alone. Many people think that I, Dominic Cattero, sit in a room and choose the shows. That is not the case. There is a committee of community members who sit, read and discuss scripts for seven months looking for a well-balanced season. This committee then reaches a decision by late July. This decision is a difficult one and must take many things into consideration. Therefore, the committee looks for a well balanced season including; audience appeal, shows that will challenge our volunteers, designers and directors, a show option for every age range and gender, shows which are financially doable and shows which are available and for which we can obtain rights. That being said there is not one show in the world that reaches all of those criteria. That is why QCT produces 7 shows each year. Our hope is that in any given season there is a show for everyone. The play reading committee's job is on of the most difficult at QCT.
Right now our play reading committee is in the final stages of this process and creating a truly well rounded season. I look forward to sharing it with everyone in August.
Please feel free to leave a post of shows you would like us to consider in the future.
Managing Artistic Director
Tuesday, June 16, 2009