A 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.
Augustana Theatre will present "Titanic: the Musical" — winner of five Tony Awards® — April 28-May 7.
Performances in the Brunner Theatre Center on campus will be at 7:30 p.m. April 28-29 and May 5-6, and at 1:30 p.m. April 30 and May 7. Tickets are $14, or $12 for seniors, children and Augustana faculty and staff; $8 for Augustana students.
"Titanic: the Musical" is directed by Erin Platt '92, with music direction by Ron May '74 and scenic design by Susan Holgersson ’76 . Other alumni involved as cast members and playing in the pit are: Jon Schrader ’93, Nate Karstens ’07, John Whitson ’16, Karen Neder ’85, Michael Wahlmann ’95, Mitchell Carter ’14.
In the final hour of April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic, on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York, collided with an iceberg. The "unsinkable ship" slowly sank. It was one of the most tragic disasters of the 20th century: 1,517 men, women and children lost their lives.
Maury Yeston and Peter Stone wrote the musical based on actual characters aboard the ship and their hopes and aspirations.
"Titanic" opened on Broadway in April 1997 and ran for 804 performances and 27 previews. It won Tony Awards for Musical, Book of a Musical, Original Score, Scenic Design of a Musical and Orchestrations in 1997.
"When Peter Stone and Maury Yeston came together to create "Titanic" they had two concepts: exploring a new world that allows the passengers to put their complete faith in a machine, and the fact that the audience knows exactly what happens in the end," said junior Maissie Musick, a theatre historian.
"Using these two ideas, the playwright and composer were able to complete a piece with sharp dialogue that leaves the audience in awe."
2017 Senior Art Exhibition.
This exhibition April 28-May 13 features the Senior Inquiry projects of the Augustana College studio art and graphic design majors of the Class of 2017.
The student artists will offer a gallery talk on May 3. The closing reception will run from 12:45-2 p.m. May 21.