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Mississippi Bend Players at the Brunner Theatre

Mississippi Bend Players

A brand-new, Quad-Cities-based theatre company will make its debut this summer, with Augustana College's Brunner Theatre Center the site for three summer-stock presentations by the recently formed Mississippi Bend Players.

Originating in conjunction with last fall's opening of Augustana's multi-million-dollar Brunner Theatre Center, the Mississippi Bend Players will give both students and community members the opportunity to work together on professional stage productions.

Spearheaded by Broadway veteran and Augustana alumnus Philip Wm. McKinley ’73 – whose credits include theatrical productions ranging from the Tony Award-winning Hugh Jackman musical “The Boy from Oz” to Augustana's staging of the locally written drama “A Green River” – the Mississippi Bend Players' mission is to provide excellence in Quad-Cities theatre by producing both commercially proven works and original musical and dramatic material.

Ticket information

Tickets are available through the Augustana Ticket Office online, by calling 309-794-7306 or by coming to the ticket office on the lower level of Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts (3703 7th Avenue) Monday-Friday 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Tickets also are available beginning an hour prior to each performance at the Brunner Theatre Center ticket booth. 

(Season tickets are available at a discounted rate to all three Mississippi Bend Players productions. Please contact the ticket office directly to purchase a season ticket.)

All performances will take place at the Brunner Main Stage inside the Brunner Theatre Center (3750 7th Avenue, Rock Island).

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Camp Creamery presents: A Mystery at Mimsley Manor – June 23, 7 p.m.; June 24, 2 p.m.
The Old Creamery Theatre in Amana, Iowa has been creating theatre productions for young audiences since 1971.  Augustana alumna Jackie McCall '98 will bring Camp Creamery to Augustana this summer. Camp Creamery participants will present two performances on the Brunner Main Stage.

Zombie Prom – July 7, 7:30 p.m.July 8, 7:30 p.m.July 9 at 4 p.m.July 14, 7:30 p.m.July 15 at 7:30 p.m.July 16 at 4 p.m. 
A 1950s horror comic book is brought to life as a musical comedy by John Dempsey and Dana P. Rowe. This campy, rollicking romp takes the audience through America's Atomic Age and the Golden Age of horror comic books.                                         

Wait Until Dark – July 21, 7:30 p.m.July 22 at 7:30 p.m.July 23, 4 p.m.July 28, 7:30 p.m.July 29, 7:30 p.m.July 30, 4 p.m.           
A blind Greenwich Village housewife becomes the target of three con men searching for heroin hidden inside a doll. This masterfully constructed thriller by Frederick Knott builds toward an electrifying, breath-stopping final scene.   

Brighton Beach Memoirs  August 4, 7:30 p.m.August 5, 7:30 p.m.August 6, 4 p.m.August 11, 7:30 p.m.August 12, 7:30 p.m.August 13, 4 p.m.
Neil Simon's hilarious semi-autobiographical portrait shows an American family in post-depression, pre-war Brooklyn, through the eyes of a 15-year-old boy. The play has wit, warmth and Simon's signature laughs.

Summer theatre: Huck, 'Luck' and Tennessee

The Mississippi Bend Players will return for a second season this summer with three productions: "Big River," based on the story of Huckleberry Finn; the Tennessee Williams' classic "Glass Menagerie"; and "Beginner's Luck" a new work by P.J. Lasker.

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“I would say that what the musical-theater concentration does is open doors to having skills in multiple areas — and that's what’s kept me employed since I graduated," says Shelley Cooper, a new assistant professor of theatre arts heading Augustana's new musical-theater concentration.

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Outside the Box auditions

Outside the Box, Augustana's new sketch group, is holding auditions today and Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. in Potter Hall, Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts.

Outside the Box shows will consist of 60-90 minutes of short sketches and performances.

Outside the Box auditions

Outside the Box, Augustana's new sketch group, is holding auditions from 6-7 p.m.

Outside the Box shows will consist of 60-90 minutes of short sketches and performances.

No acting experience is needed. The group is looking for new faces to bring in fresh energy and ideas.

Zina Ellis: "Legally Black"

Zina Ellis, an actor, singer and writer from Moline, Ill., will perform a one-hour cabaret, “Legally Black.”