The Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts and Theatre League will present Quilters, the third production of their 2013–2014 season. The popular musical about a pioneer life will run February 14, 15, 21, and 22 at 8 p.m.; and February 16 and 23 at 2 p.m., in Studio A48 at Nazareth College Arts Center. Audience members will also have the opportunity to bid on handmade quilts – including one stitched by the company – during a silent auction to benefit Bethany House of Rochester.
Written by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek, with lyrics by Damashek, Quilters tells the story of a pioneer woman and her six daughters. Based on Patricia Cooper and Norma Bradley Allen’s book, The Quilters: Women and Domestic Art, the production enjoyed a brief Broadway run in 1984 and was nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Thirty years later, the production’s popularity is largely due to its broad appeal; the show is enjoyed by American history buffs, lovers of folk music, quilters, women, storytellers, and theatregoers alike.
Rather than tell its story from start to finish, Quilters weaves a series of scenes and musical numbers depicting childhood, marriage, fires, illness, death, and more – each represented on stage by actual quilt squares – into a dramatic tableaux about the challenges and rewards of frontier life. During each performance, more than 15 beautiful quilts will be displayed on stage.
The stories also touched the student cast and crew, who incorporated a fundraiser into the production to assist Rochesterians who are struggling this winter. Throughout the run of Quilters, audience members and the public will have the opportunity to bid on handmade quilts – including one stitched by company members in preparation for their roles – during a silent auction to benefit Bethany House of Rochester, which provides shelter for homeless women and children. Bids may be submitted at each performance, as well as by phone or e-mail to the Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts: 585-389-2603 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cast includes:
Ashley Squairs, Morgan Naum, Katie Sweeney, Amanda Popielarz, Lainey Catalino, Tess DeFlyer and Allie Tabor.
The show is directed by Lindsay Reading Korth, musically directed by Don Kot and choreographed by Heather Roffe.
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